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You might be suffering from Capitalism... | #EDSHOW
2:49 PM May 26 2013

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Feeling sad and depressed can have many root causes. Unbridled capitalism is just one.

People being inhumane and unkind is another.

This reminds me of my communist student teacher. I'm going to send it to him. I say "communist" with love, but he's really a philosophical anarchist. He can't say that out loud. No one understands. He's a purist in the best sense. 

No one understands the word communism anymore. It has been twisted beyond recognition.

True. Which is entirely the reason I use it:) Provocative and entirely misunderstood:) 

I don't use the world "communism", suggesting the economic outcome of each person would leveled.  The word "socialism" seems to give a lot more freedom.

Right, whereas communism really does like to remove notions like jobs and private ownership.

That's interesting.  So under communism there would be no jobs?  How does that work?

People are assigned tasks based on ability. No one applies for jobs, and there's no concept of unemployment since any person not on a task is considered on call should the need arise.

I'm not sure how that would work in the real world, do you?

Kibbutz in Israel is the closest thing to it. Doesn't work at scale. Too centralized, not enough incentives.

Communism is was always envisioned as the utopia at the end of the socialist rainbow. Theoretically impossible--"to each his ability to each his need." If each works to his ability, theoretically someone is working more. Eventually the system comes to a grinding halt because more-worker gets jealous that less-worker gets as much as him. And does just a little bit less. When everyone does just a little bit less, production decreases. 

Also, the nepotism involved in assigning jobs guarantees incompetent people in jobs. How's that different from the US, you might ask... Well, if there's also the need to shoot people when they fall out of favor, then what you get is a healthy dose of scapegoatism. Which also slows production to a grinding halt (yes, that's the part I've compared to the current state of American education...

The only true notion of "communism" is in true religion--not the type where Roman Catholic Church sponsors the Crusades, but the type where historical religious heads urge their people to truly put in what they can and advise they will be provided for... in the purest sense. Not cults, not communes... 

I love to study communism, though, because there's always such a cycle of optimism, followed by a purge, with this underlying entrepreneurial second economy/black market that keeps the system afloat when it really should have crashed long ago... Another reason to encourage vision and entrepreneurship in schools. But I digress. 

@Tina--there are jobs under Communism. You're assigned a job. People are sensitive about that--I lived in (just post communist) Russia. It was considered terribly rude in conversation for me to ask "So, what do you do for work?" People got sensitive about it because no one really got to pick. They were just starting to be able to do that... Conversely, they'd ask me how much money I had/made. I was taken aback. But for them, being able to control your salary through job choice was fascinating. Also interesting--the types of jobs that earned you respect. Even then...  Pretty much the opposite of what we'd consider high on the ladder here. 

Still, there's no LOOKING for a job with communism.

The whole concept of job search is a capitalism thing.

Oh, you're right. It's why you have such an institutionalized system. I worked w "refugees" here. Most of the Russian refugees had, like, eight Ph.Ds but were astounded by the concept of choosing a doctor. Their kids, though, were the best entrepreneurs I knew--could work any system. Both generations, brilliant. But you have to get used to the concept of choice w/o fear. 

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