In a communist society there would be no one in control and everyone would pull their own weight and contribute… like living on a commune, right? Sounds good. Thing is, if you appoint a group to make the decisions or say they know what’s best for the group as a whole with no insight from the other members, human nature will most likely say that said group would make all the decisions based on what’s best for them and not the group as a whole. The idea would be a great idea. Is it realistic? Doubtful.
You know those Zeitgeist movie people and their perfect society at the end? It sounds good on paper.
I read the other day that when the pilgrims first established their colony at Plymouth they formed the commune type society. The problem was there were some people who did more than others. Some slackers didn’t want to work as hard and they didn’t pull their own weight. After they switched to a free market they had more incentive to produce for themselves and they were twice as productive as before.
It’s a pretty interesting book… something like things my history teacher never told me or something.
Anyway, food for thought.
Oh yeah, and I learned something too. When you let people take care of you and run your life you give away all your power. When you’re reliant on someone’s generosity you tend to do what they tell you to. That’s how they get ya. Say the government grants aid for education but to get this aid you have to perform a certain task. If you don’t, you don’t get the aid. So you do it. Then they want you to do something else or you think the program is not working and want to change and you ask them but they say, well, if you don’t do it our way we’re taking our money back! Problem is, you already committed all that money to building the new football stadium and bought the music department that 100,000 dollar grand piano so I guess you have to do what they tell you to do. Later on the feds decide they want you to change the cirriculum to something else and you don’t agree so you refuse. They take away funding and there goes your art department because you’ve spent all this time couting on that money. I guess you’re stuck. And on and on and on.
I know, probably something everyone already knows but I’m still learning. 🙂