Reading these comments, it is pretty obvious that none of you have ever lived in a communist country. Frankly, it sounds like you never visited one or spent any time talking their their former residents. Communism is a workable solution in only one place on earth - academia.
#18 | Posted by ebayrepair
Not sure which comments you were speaking to however, I have several family members who made it out of Poland in the 80s, I know many Eastern European immigrants and my wife is from a former Communist country. I agree TRUE communism is a utopia of sorts that only works in the minds of some academics. I certainly don't see how the system functions because it has an inherent weakness - man. TRUE communism has never been implemented to the best of my knowledge. Totalitarian Dictatorships masquerading as communism? Sure. FREE REIGN Capitalism does not work either. Where do you think all the regulations that people have been brainwashed to think are evil came from? Not to mention things like the inheritance tax. Massive generational wealth is not good for Democratic or Capitalist nations. Some of the older communists I know wax nostalgic about something here and there but when you bring up the lines and nothing being available and being afraid of your neighbors spying on you, etc - that reality brings them back to why they were so glad it is gone.
What works BEST so far? Capitalism with strong Social protections. Not just social programs but putting people over corporations as well. Perhaps the problem in the USA for example is money in politics. That needs to end. It leads to things like the massive wealth disparities we are seeing today. While bomber's article is correct, it is just one piece of the puzzle. RightisTrite is correct as well - about Free Reign Capitalism. "Economic disparity is the precursor to communist or any overthrow of governments." You cannot argue with that look at recent history. It gives those elites the people to make things happen.
I personally think the people of Western Europe lead mostly very solid and fulfilling lives with their strong protections of the average person. I have seen it with my own eyes and am looking for a good opportunity there as I am tired of 60 hour work weeks, insurance that may be worse than nothing and costs an arm and a leg, etc. Sure there are some negatives as well but working to LIVE is not a bad thing versus living to work.
China is currently a dictatorship that is posing as a communist nation with "controlled" and "limited" capitalism. They figured out people need an incentive to work and make things happen. The problem is they are dealing with the same issues as we have when it comes to "capitalism" without proper restraint. That and you can disappear for just about anything...