Communism doe not scale

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Re:A few random thoughts (Score:5, Interesting)
by rossifer (581396) on Tuesday June 13, @01:46PM (#15525771)
(Last Journal: Thursday January 06, @03:26PM)

Communism is actually the ideal system until you add the human factor.

I would say the problem is a slightly different one: communism doesn’t scale past the group where everyone knows everyone else. In order to work, communism requires trust based on first-hand observation. Shaker communities, kibbutzim, families are common examples of successful communal groups (some families more than others). All have worked because people observe that others are actually contributing as much as they can and taking out no more than they need.

The upper limit on “everyone knowing everyone” appears to be in the range of 100 to 150 people.

A pure democracy stinks in some ways because you can never come to a consensus to get things done, but perhaps the world would be better off because you wouldn’t see a massive government with a tax-and-spend mentality like we have here in America today.

Are you sure? I think modern media is pretty much able to whip the population into a frenzy when needed by “The Powers That Be(tm)” to get something voted in. I think a pure democracy stinks because if you can whip up a mob, you can get just about anything you want. Ultimately, pure democracies stink because there are no protections for the minority.

Remember, democracy is two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner.

Constitutionally limited republics get much less done (a very good thing), but are still subject to creeping expansion of powers and eventual subversion of the critical checks and balances once enough power is in the hands of the executive (police & military). Nothing is perfect forever.

Regards,
Ross

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