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Could a pure communism ever work?

  1. BakerRambles profile image83
    BakerRamblesposted 6 years ago via iphone

    Communism in theory, has always displayed the best interests for the people overall, exterminating government in favor of small but interconnected collectives.  But does communism truly work, and do you think that democracy, or s republic democracy would be dominant over such a form of government?  Let's discuss this, I know there are many out there with very different opinions.  Remember that when you hear the (D) democracy word or the (C) communism word, you don't catch a political bias.  Think of it in historical terms, what civilizations practiced which and why did each rise and fall?

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      toobsuckerposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Communism removes reward from efforts. Being rewarded for ones efforts is the driving force behind excellence. Its no coincidence technology rapidly advanced when the capitalistic system in America beckoned the geniuses from around the world to come to the place where the effort/reward ratio was the most profitable.

      The capitalistic system works like evolution is predicted to (but actually does not) by rewarding the successful to continue to do so, and penalizing the unsuccessful to prevent that continued behavior.

      The ironic part of this is, most communists/socialists believe the effects evolution (rewarding the successful) is supposed to produce, yet attempt to dismantle an economic system that mimics what evolution predicts and has been proven to create excellence.

  2. recommend1 profile image65
    recommend1posted 6 years ago

    Of course communism would work without the constant aggressive pressure of capitalism.

    However, history has shown that there is not one type of government that works properly yet invented.

    Historically, the best government has shown itself to be a benign king or emporer with the major drawback being that the heir is usually a despotic tyrant.

  3. RKHenry profile image78
    RKHenryposted 6 years ago

    That is such none sense.  Communism would never work.

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      recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      It would work as well as any other system so far devised - none of them 'work' properly and communism is no more or less unworkable than any of them.

      1. RKHenry profile image78
        RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        That wasn't the question though.  We are not discussing a comparable here.  You just cannot go around making up crap to suit your position.  What you first wrote was pure theoretical nonsense.   There is no worming your way out that one by posting more inquanisional factors.

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          recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          What exactly was theoretical nonsense ?

  4. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    Could a pure communism ever work?

    It would only work in a society that is completely unaware of itself and those around them. Otherwise, no.

    1. RKHenry profile image78
      RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      So hence it would never work like you said.  The variables are too implausible.

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      recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      A 'pure' communism is all about understanding your society and what is happening around you - so we will never know as there has never been a case of 'pure' communism so far.  By 'pure' I assume it would be as described originally by Marx and Engels.

      1. Cagsil profile image60
        Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Hey Recommend, don't know those two individuals or their description of "communism". But, if you say so. hmm

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          recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile  Marx came up with the idea of Capital and so 'named' Capitalism and suggested a counter to the mindless greed and slavery of his time under the Capitalism he described, as Communism.  This was taken up by Engels who described a Communist society - and whose model the Chinese particularly followed.

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Oh okay. I guess I'll stick with my first answer then. lol

        2. RKHenry profile image78
          RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Well I do and communism in any form isn't about knowing the people.  It is quite the opposite.  It is about control.

          1. Cagsil profile image60
            Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Hey RK,

            I didn't doubt that. Which is why I phrased my first comment in the manner I did. wink

            1. RKHenry profile image78
              RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

              I gotcha.

  5. RKHenry profile image78
    RKHenryposted 6 years ago

    And in the 1950's China's so called leader devised a corporate farm plan.  What was the number of deaths by starvation?  Just what?  A whopping 25+ million people starved that's what.  Communism has nothing to do with knowing the people and understanding it's surroundings.  It is about control and no it would never work.

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      recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      So you don't want to take your theoretical nonsense line then?

      And you like to throw out random and incorrect facts without any backing or source.

      You clearly have no idea what you are talking about.

      1. RKHenry profile image78
        RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I clearly don't know what I am talking about?  This coming from someone who blabbers about how communism is about knowing your people.  Give it a rest dude your nonsense is nothing more than a pile of worthless opinions, backed clearly by a grammar school level of thinking.  If you would like to continue on this path of personal character smashing in order to wipe the theoretical muck off your profile face, oh please be my guest.

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          recommend1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          Keep your pathetic abuse in your trousers dude.  You clearly mistake a discussion about communism as my support of it.  You have no justification for this opinion except short-sightedness and an inability to read.

          1. RKHenry profile image78
            RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

            Who the f'cares whether or not you support something or not. Your pious inclinations has clouded your judgment.  Support it all you like.  It still does not make communism, as you claim it to be, about the knowing the people.  Oh my bad dude it was, "understanding" society.

            You know, now check this out people- here we have you panda man, spouting garbage about how communism would work if it wasn't for the "constant aggressive pressure of capitalism."  In a factual context you write,"is all about understanding your society and what is happening around you." Are you a wedding planner or something?  The romance, the imagery, your words so profound, profoundly dense.  Then, oh and this gets good, then you ask, "What exactly was theoretical nonsense?" and if that wasn't enough, you blame me for having "no justification for this opinion except short-sightedness and an inability to read." lollollol
            lollollollollollol
            Your momma must be so proud.

    2. RKHenry profile image78
      RKHenryposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Your source should have been your world history book.  1958-1961.  Now run off and go play adult smart man somewhere else panda man.

  6. EmpressFelicity profile image79
    EmpressFelicityposted 6 years ago

    Pure communism can't work because IIRC it recommends abolishing the medium of exchange (money, in plain English).

    Without money, how on earth do you guarantee an efficient flow of goods from the people who produce them to the people who need/want them?  Oh yes, that's right - you have state-appointed committees that decide who gets what and when, according to a hazy definition of "need".

    Being committees, they're horribly inefficient at best, and downright corrupt at worst (I've sat on several committees in my time and I've got the stained T-shirt to prove that).

    No system is ever perfect. But pure communism is a pipe dream.

  7. MizBejabbers profile image89
    MizBejabbersposted 5 years ago

    The answer to that question is quite simple and doesn't require socio-politico-psychobabble. No, because it would require everyone to be of identical mindsets. We are all individuals.

  8. kerryg profile image86
    kerrygposted 5 years ago

    Pure communism could only work on a small scale. Early Christian society came pretty close to a successful working model of communism (though they obviously didn't call it that!), but it only lasted as long as the Christian population stayed small and persecuted. Once they grew in numbers enough to start doing the persecuting themselves, it fell to pieces.

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    Home Girlposted 5 years ago

    (Pure?) communism requires social robots,living rationed life, not free human beings.
    You have to supress:
    critical thinking,
    your uniqueness,
    ability to live your own way,etc.
    Lots of things that make some of us interesting human beings.
    George Orwell showed it beter than I ever could.
    After fall of USSR who in his sane mind could even think about communism? It's so dumb, sorry!

    1. Hollie Thomas profile image60
      Hollie Thomasposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      In some respects though, the same could be said about capitalist societies.

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    Emile Rposted 5 years ago

    Pure communism would be a beautiful thing, but it is unattainable.

    It would require everyone working together and always keeping their eye on the greater good. People are, by nature, selfish.

    It would require people to not seek a position of power over others, and that is never going to happen. We can see the damage done by governments built on the model of communism.

    Pure communism would actually be a utopia, which is probably why systems that attempt to implement it fail so miserably and end up enslaving their people. It's beyond our grasp, at this stage of our development.

 
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