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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: Hi Ye-Jin Ahn,

    It has occurred to me that very few commentators have actually read the works of Marx and or Adam Smith.

    Instead, we are told the interpretations of others and accept they have given us accurate renditions.

    Who here has actually read these books?

    I must admit, I have not fully read Marx, nor have I fully read the Wealth of Nations.

    If you want a real answer to your question - please insist that those replying have actually read the original works.
    I suspect that few have read these beyond what I have .. certainly, the comments seem to reveal that they have read none of it.
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      Apr 26 2013: Well, according to Marxist theories 'communism' is almost an Utopian concept... is the highest form of an evolved socialist society. The theory stated that only after society advances to high economic level the leap to a higher consciousnesses of the members of the society is possible..and when that was reached a society in which people give what they can and take only what they need, becomes possible. People refer improperly to the countries in Eastern Europe as communist. It was just socialist dictature. In my opinion the theory was great but it was abused and misinterpreted; also they tried to implement it by force .... by people with no education or understanding...they just grabbed the power and abused it.
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        Apr 27 2013: Thanks Anairda,

        And on top of the genuine contributions of Marx, we can move forward to incorporate what has been discovered by genuine research since.
        The barrier thrown up to us by exploiters of the fall of the Berlin Wall would have us believe that Marx was a fool. But all I see there is vested interests.

        Here's a thing:

        what is the difference between social capital and financial capital?

        You have done the reading - what's your take?

        This is kinda important - here's a link .. a bit vague, but .. to my understanding, your answer will be cogent and I'd like to know:
        (there's a whole series here, but Parenti gets the history into context .. the rest are worth a look) This gets a nice perspective of ideology .. reminds me of sensitive drivers in chaos math.
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          Apr 29 2013: Hi Mitch
          My first hand knowledge of Marxism comes from having been brought up and educated in Eastern Europe during the pick of the socialist dictature. I cannot say I've done a lot of reading on the subject but we did study back then Marxism in the philosophy class at face value and without the propaganda and communism was presented as the ultimate evolutionary goal of the socialist society; of course there was propaganda all around us used by politicians and people in power or working their way to power just like there was propaganda here in the west. What you suggest, that societies learn from previous experiences and come up with a perfect (or as close as possible) social model is great but also too idealistic. Unfortunately these theories are products of the thinkers while the action in the world is driven by greediness through politicians. May be China will give humanity an example of where a socialist society can get. Their rising has to do a lot with the social capital.
          Thanks for the link;I haven't done it yet but I will definitively listen to Parenti's talk.
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        Apr 30 2013: Hi Anairida,
        Many thanks for your insight!
        Another talk from that series indicates some more idealism ..
        The speaker seems to think that these agendas have been achieved by politicians, but I am not sure if it is simply claiming the outcome of another dynamic that is truly responsible for what we see.
        Steve Pinker also examines this in the reducing trend of violence, but my politician friends seem to think that it is more to do with managing definitions than managing violence.

        I have problems with the word "greed" .. somehow, I suspect a deeper principle.
        The picture I am getting identifies the City as a prime cause of fractured ideals.
        Our tribes are too large, and we have not adapted to them.

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