Socialism, could it ever become a pure communism and work?
No I dont think that it can ever work. It saps the urge to work hard and get ahead, that has been the engine that has driven the most prosperous societies.
That is the reason, why China, though nominally communist, has now adopted a capitalist economy.
Communism is a failed system, and the purer it has been the more it's failures have become obvious.
We have only got to look at Khmer Rouge Cambodia, and Mao's China to see that.
Even Lenin realised that, when he introduced The New Economic Policy to help combat the food shortages that followed on from The Russian Revolution.
No - in order for this type being to work - there must be a continual amount of money coming in in order for all to have an equal amount.
There must always be that equal effort by all to produce in quantity even tho all would only get a small percentage of what they expounded for.
Once the population has a dramatic growth, the production also must have a dramatic growth.
All would have to agree to bust their butts for the greater good but only be satisfied by taking home a teaspoon.
You are always going to have a 1/3, 1/3, 1/3. Meaning 1/3 would be the ones that really worked, 1/3 would only want to work so much, and the last 1/3 would try in some way to live off the system.
Socialism can work as long as it is highly regulated and as long as the entire society is dedicated to making it work. Communism can only work as long as there are no leaders at all. This would mean the society would have to have no leadership hierarchy of any kind--no managers, no presidents, no governors, no job supervisors, etc. It would have to be a pure democracy where all workers vote and own the companies, neighborhoods, or government policy decisions. The most powerful government entities would have to be at the local level, while the national government would have to be relatively weak. Everyone would have to serve time in either law enforcement or the military in order to keep a revolving door of ordinary citizens protecting their own and not trying to create an "insider club" that tramples the rights of others. The entire government would have to be of the people themselves. Local representatives and planners would have to be chosen randomly by lottery from among the population as a civic duty. This eliminates typical democratic power struggles or bureaucratic hegemonies. Mandatory national service would be a must so that the people would identify with the state. The people and the state would have to be one and would have to be dedicated to democracy and equality. This would never work in the US because Americans all hate each other.
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