Communism, Socialism, Capitalism, Aargh!

Each of the three great systems of economic organization is destined to fail. What can we do?

Katharine Valentino
4 min readAug 4, 2021

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Communism

Wealth resulting from people’s work is controlled by the government and is distributed to the people based on each person’s need. A moral imperative helps to ensure an equal distribution of wealth among the people.

In theory: Nobody can be rich.

But:

  • Decisions are made by committees of the people to benefit everyone. However, such committees are usually hampered by lack of good data and management by committee is usually inefficient and unrealistic.
  • Communism fails to take into account the selfishness of most people. For most people in a communistic society, there is little incentive to work, particularly at an unpopular job.
  • The system lasts for some time because a moral imperative to do right by all results in greater happiness for all. However, it does fail eventually because good work is rare and because of the inherent inefficiencies and bad decisions by committees.
  • In a failing communistic system, the people suffer. Committee managers, meanwhile, become jaded and corrupt — and powerful and rich.

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Katharine Valentino

Still trying for the words to help us do & feel good things. Owner of Reviews for Medium Featured Books. I write life stories & about politics / social issues.