A New Communist Manifesto

These are the contentions:
  • Communism can work if it uses capitalism towards its ends and engages the baser nature of humanity (its greed) in order to provide for the state and for the common good.
  • The state must directly link the accumulation of wealth to provision for the common good. Government construct can base economic survival and prosperity of its workers and institutions upon their effectiveness and accomplishment in benefiting everyone in working for the state.
  • A successful large-scale communistic economy controlled by a state would function through the state's creation of a meritocratic system that rewards individuals based on the quality of their work for the common good.
Here is a more detailed explication upon these contentions:

The problem with capitalism is not that people seek wealth. This is to some extent natural and maybe even honorable. The problem with capitalism is that people freely seeking wealth creates oppression and injustice and does not provide for all humanity. A system where all individuals independently pursue their avarice does not lead to progress for the good of everyone, and it frequently works to the detriment of certain minorities or even majorities of populations while a select few succeed within the system and gain wealth.

We all know that communism has failed. The regimes of the USSR, the People's Republic of China and other places were and continue to be corrupt authoritarian states that largely used oppression, violence, and propaganda in order to seek their supposedly altruistic goals. What if, however, a communist state was to use capitalism's methods in seeking its altruistic goal? What if a state constructed a system whereby an individual's standing, privileges, and accumulation of wealth were all directly linked to the quality with which that individual worked for the common good? This would solve the inherent problem of capitalism for humanity and use human nature's competitiveness and greed as the means through which to seek that goal.

For a long time I have thought that greed is morally wrong. I thought that the problem with capitalism was that people work for their own gain, and that to a larger extent, the corporations that rule the world's economies today function only in their self-interest as well. These things are not morally wrong. We all as human beings struggle in our own self-interest. What must be held as morally wrong for humanity is for us to deprive other people of their natural human rights, whether by action or inaction. And so, in order for us to accept our natures and admit that it is not a sin to care and work for our own selves, I propose the following:
  • Let the state be constructed as to be as purely democratic as possible and to be composed of the interests of the people as a whole. In seeking this goal society seeks the goal of having the state be the people.
  • Let the common freedoms, rights, and lives of the people be guarded and provided for by the state.
  • Let the central state be constructed as to control major industry and service and the localities let to organize themselves to provide necessities communally on a small scale through both purer democracy and more egalitarian organization.
  • Let the workings of the central state be meritocratic so that all workers, whether industrial laborers or unelected administrators, shall be judged according to the quality of their work and justly rewarded by how they provide for the common good.
  • Let those who wish to pursue wealth do so by working for the state. Those who are successful providers will be rewarded and those who fail will not gain the privileges afforded those who do well for the people.
The failure of communism was that people were unmotivated to work for the common good. Communism can succeed by inextricably linking work for oneself with work for the common good, as capitalism unabashedly fails to do. In today's society, a man may become rich without providing and iota of worth to the society as a whole. Indeed, men often become rich and fulfill their selfish desires to the detriment of society. What we must do in the vital interest of the betterment of humanity is to reject that Marxist axiom

"from each according to their ability, to each according to their need."

Instead we shall state:

"to each according to their ability, but from each ability, provision for the need of all."

(Note: After writing this I discovered that Marx actually did propose giving workers a share of the product based on the work they did - but he only thought that would be a transfer stage between capitalism and the purely egalitarian classless society he imagined.)

(Images: The first lends new meaning to the phrase "communist party." The second... I don't want to talk about it.)

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