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If communism was working the way its progenitors wanted it to, would it be better than capitalism?

The main reason why communism was made was people wanted to be equal without getting restricted by their environment, but nowadays communism is abused by some dictators such as North Korean leaders. Besides, capitalism also has its own problem. There are so many people who didn't have opportunities to try what they really wanted to do due to their poverty or else.
If communism was working as it should be, would it be better than capitalism?
(When there are no dictators)

Topics: Communism

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    Apr 15 2013: Communism, like capitalism, would eventually begin to deteriorate and fail because, as you said yourself, capitalism has its own problems --and so does communism.

    You mention that if communism was free from dictatorship would it be better than capitalism (that we have at present)?
    The answer is technically yes, but look at it this way...

    -If the wealthy in capitalism paid a relevant share and the federal government held the rights and representation of the people in their highest regard, capitalism would be excellent.

    -If the government and states invested in their people in socialism, rather than simply sustaining, then socialism would be excellent.

    -If Libertariansim kept a close consumer-focused observance of companies and states and could/would suddenly enact severe punishments for companies attempting to do something that would be a danger to the consumers, its staff or the economy,
    then libertarism would be excellent.

    The point here is that we have to draw a line between 'how a system works on paper' and 'how a system works in reality'.
    Pure communism is consistently run by dictators for a reason,
    Its what happens when you combine fallible and corrputable people with a questionable economic model,
    just like any other model in its entirety.

    This is why I'm a strong believer in taking workable parts of various models, add new parts and then be willing to adjust the values of each part in accordance with whats necessary at any given moment.
    • Apr 16 2013: Capitalism doesnt have problems if it where left up to the market, the producer and consumer. It seems like it has flaws but that is because big government, corporate welfares/ subsidies, and legislation undermine the very principles of capitalism. Even still just look at the available data,the standard of living continues to increase incrementaly in every region market systems have been adopted.
    • Apr 20 2013: Xavier. A thoughtful answer. Have you considered where all this Selfishness and "corruption " comes from? Many say, oh its, just" Human Nature", nothing can be done about it. But that is obviously not quite true.
      Our actions are usually more or less consistent with our "Beliefs" about Human Nature, not the human nature itself. Which is largely unconscious. Good example : our economic leaders embrace of the Ayn Rand philosophy of extreme Selfishness as a Virtue clearly has something to do with the fact that the Wall St. crowd gives themselves
      billion dollar bonuses for trashing the World's economy, without even the slightest shame. They can do this because it is consistent with the Judeo-Christian Theory of Human Beings as merely a Collection of "Sovereign Individuals" who have no real connection with each other, besides what Selfishness can develop. By contrast , the Buddhist, and developing scientific view, will likely turn out that the Buddhists were more correct, that Human Beings are "One group", i.e. a family, but even beyond that, the "Groups" and their Relationships have just as much reality, and value, as any "Individual". With a world view like that , Shame can work. Look at the Japanese: there have been cases where a Japanese CEO would commit suicide if he screwed up the company too much. Compare that with Wall St. And we have the Choice of which world view to believe, although it is also a matter of Science. But it is safe to say the the Selfishness model is inherentyly self destructive.

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