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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 21 2013: No system ever works the way its progenitors want it to.

    That said, the fundamental problem with communism is the centralization of authority over the economy. In Luis von Ahn's talk (http://www.ted.com/talks/luis_von_ahn_massive_scale_online_collaboration.html, its about recaptcha and duolingo, great talk) he makes an interesting point about organizing people. Building the pyramids, the Panama canal and going to the moon all took about 100 000 people. That's about the most people you can effectively organize to a single task effectively. Beyond that, its just too hard. It's not realistic to pool the resources of a large country and organize millions of people to work efficiently.

    Think of the job where you work. How organized is it really? Its hard to organize 30 people, try 30 million!

    Capitalism works because it lets people self organize. Economies are emergent, not constructed. The challenge is regulating it enough so it's just and without excessive exploitation, isn't prone to extreme volatility and collapse, and doesn't destroy the ecology on which we depend. Those needs have to be balanced with allowing enough freedom for businesses to actually function. So far that balance has not be achieved, but I like to hope it's possible.

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