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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 24 2013: A number of years ago, I was in a war torn country, Every thing was in shambles, factories closed, farms not being cultivated, transportation totally stopped. How did the people survive in the middle of war. They became capitalists. Families started businesses. Laundries for rear line soldiers, One man was taking artillery shell and forming them into vases for soldiers to send home, Another was repairing soldiers gear that was damaged in battle. These people were going to survive the war. I can't imagine a communist system working under these circumstances.
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      Apr 25 2013: Without a well structured government and all kinds of trade inhibiting code they were able to pursue capitalism. Of course that would be the case. There was no one there to tell them not to capitalize on their environment. In my former capitalist government of CITRUS COUNTY FLORIDA I was told I could not live and work from the same property. Go figure. Is regulation better? That is a hard question. Reagan De-regulated the banking system in America and gave us the trickle down theory and you can see the results thirty years on. Unfortunately Clinton was the benefactor And the wealthy closed shop in America and capitalized on the misfortune of others who were more than happy for the promise of improvement. The end result: My take on things now is that the banks collapsed and Americans have no money to buy the stuff the factories overseas are making. All the great push for the bush's globalization has resulted in the same wealthy now selling their products to countries who can afford it. Now American's are going to become nationalistic and regard globalization with skepticism.
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        Apr 25 2013: Greg, I hear. Local, state and Federal Governments are making rules to inhibit free enterprise. Which does not say bad about free enterprise or capitalism it seems that government is looking to control the system from their benefit (or benefit of their constituents they claim). The situation in your county has been replicated a thousand times. They collect some residential tax on you home. They collect tax on your business location. You do the business in our home and that screws up the taxing system. So, you can't mess up the system. And the law.
        Voters elected those people who passed those laws. I have seen laws passed that were unfair, almost unconstitutional, mean spirited, etc.,etc. And the voters reelect these people to pass more laws that are "questionable if not bad". WHY?

        I have no idea.
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          Apr 25 2013: Mike, My father said that if there is a failing in our government it is our own fault by virtue of the fact that we elected them. I must concur with both of you. And you are right. The government now thinks the people work for it.

          I no longer live there. I moved away from a property that was in my family for three generations. A property I might add that was designed to have a house right behind the grocery store and was run successfully until my Grandaddy retired (around 1975). I have been stripped of my heritage by CITRUS COUNTY. I was just a number to them. No identity whatsoever and apparently no right to pursue happiness and prosperity. The greatest constitution on Earth now lies dying a dusty death among the cobwebs of a worthless lesson in history.

          Why? you ask do the same people get re-elected? Politicians are usually lawyers or some other forked tongue, eloquently spoken spinners of truth on podiums before masses of sheep unthinking and hopeful. People are always optimistic. They want to believe the lies and they just slip on those rose tinted glasses whenever things go wrong and tell themselves it is all part of some higher power's plan. That is of course my opinion. Thank you for listening.

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