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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 20 2013: By definition (Karl Marx definition) communism cannot be separated from dictatorship.

    If communism was better than capitalism then there are several questions arise to my head, first of all: why the USSR was never able to build a ecologically friendly car or even a fuel efficient car? there was only one car maker: the government, so there was no competence and no need to be efficient. Second: why for decades people of the DDR risked their lives to jump the Berlin Wall into capitalist West Germany? there was no freedom. Third: Why athletes from all the communist block deserted every Olympic Games? again, no freedom. Fourth: By the end of 70's almost half of the human race lived under a communist government, by the end of the 80's communist countries could be counted with the fingers of a hand, so if communism was so good why all the people that lived under such an "utopia" decided to abandon it in pursuit of capitalism in less than a decade? Inefficient governments, lack of freedom, misuse of natural and human resources.

    Communism force people to be inefficient, capitalism force people to be efficient... no wonder why the USSR fell in a matter of months.
    • Apr 20 2013: How do you figure Communism requires dictatorship? By definition, Communism is intended to be stateless or without government. Common ownership of everything by the people is far removed from dictatorship.

      In practice, obviously that hasn't been the case. But I would argue that Communism has never been implemented the way it was intended to be.
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        Apr 21 2013: And I would agree!
      • Apr 22 2013: No offence, but you are too naive if you think that way. First of all Marx defines (he makes a definition of) communism as the "dictatorship of the proletariat" so that is why I say so. It was written by Marx's himself, I did't just come up with it, so sorry, but you are wrong.

        But beyond that, if you think a little bit you will realize dictatorship is necessary for just one simple reason: Wealthy people won´t give up their possessions to share them with the rest of us just just because someone says: "is the best for all"... but if you believe so, then go to Bill Gates and tell him to donate all his billions just because you have a good argument for that, and pay attention to what he has to say about it. So I don't care how you believe communism is intended to be, but in real life without a dictator ruling strictly, communism will become capitalism eventually, by the simple reason humans always want more... and that friend is the exact reason why Marx himself defined communism as a dictatorship.
    • Apr 20 2013: George Not even Karl Marx imagined that Communism would develop in Russia, as it was not heavily industrialized enough. The Russian pattern is more along the lines they learned from the Mongol Occupation. It wasn't even modern enough to be "corrupt" i.e. it wasn't run by people with money, rather people with Land. (Feudal) In addition to that, The Soviet Union was under heavy attack from the West from even before its start. They didn't have time to make "cars". However , we should take note that they made some very good guns, tanks, and particularly airplanes, although they weren't so good at using them, mostly due to their industrial backwardness mainly, I guess..

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