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Q: What kind of "people" does communism produce? Why doesn't it work? From Russia with Lessons.

Comments from some of those who have lived in Russia. 

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/explainlikeimfive/comments/1nw4vl/why_doesnt_communism_work/

 

"Communism generally removes individual incentives. Some people might think this is a benefit, since it eliminates greed and inequality, but it also destroys any sort of incentive to work hard.

 

When you are compensated roughly the same regardless of how much you work, how strong you are, or how smart you are, why would anyone put in more than the minimal effort? Game theory works well here: if 1000 people work hard, everyone is 1000 times better off...until one person realizes he can do the bare minimum and still reap the rewards. Then the second, then the third, etc."

 

If you live in a society like this, how would you feel? If some Deng guy comes along and suddenly says you can now own properties, TVs, bikes.....etc., after being starved for nearly four decades, what would you do? Would you care about your other comrades?

 

"........the abolition of private property often leads to complete degradation of that property. Since it belongs to everyone, no-one feels the need to maintain it and everyone attempts to utilize it at the same time."

 

Old wine in new bottles / old software in new computers. You therefore see the same selfish to-hell-with-you-all behaviors.

 

"Secondly, there was a pretty sizeable "brain drain" in communist countries. Scientists, artists, influential intellectuals tended to get the hell out of authoritarian communist countries and reside in capitalistic democracies. When all of your scientists and artists are leaving en mass, that's a big issue."

 

China, thinking it is strong enough to get rid of evil western capitalists, after using them for decades. The thing is, it isn't just western capitals are fleeing.....

2 years 43 weeks ago in  Lifestyle - China

 
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there was a simple story of this in my american history classes when i was young, the details are not complete but one of the original colonies tried this system, basically they all shared the farm duties equally, but when the harvest came, if you were married with 2 kids you may get 5 bushels of corn or whatever and the single unmarried man got 2 bushels even though they did the same work.

 

of course the next year the single guys who felt they deserved 5 bushels and could have sold 3 for something else and only got 2 bushels had no reason to work hard since they already knew the result. so the next  year harvest was so low that they all starved to death and a few survived by the generosity of the indians giving them some food.

 

yes its a great system when you are using other people's money and some one else's food.

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Sounds like a strawman to me. You believe there are no incentives in a communist system?

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Enlightening. You have to really get to know everyday people here to understand.

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