We know that communism doesn’t really work on the macro level because we’ve seen countless occasions that it has led to mass extermination and poverty, USSR, China, Viet Nam, North Korea, and Cuba. Or how about the collective cultures of sub-Saharan Africa, some of the poorest countries in the world? But perhaps, if enough really committed and redeemed people get together, just maybe it will work. In an unguarded moment, PoserorProphet reminds us why communism doesn’t work in a micro community either:
Following Jesus is a demanding task and it is one of the reasons that community is so essential to our life as Christians. It is impossible to follow Jesus on our own. It is impossible to move into relationships of mutually liberating solidarity with people who have been abandoned, if you do so on your on. You will burn out or blow up.
Again, I know this because I have experienced this. When things started going wrong in our community in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and people started dropping out of participating in the work required to run the community, I decided to just take on more and more of that work myself. That was unsustainable and my marriage still suffers from the consequences of that decision.
Actually, this is exactly why a lot of people, myself included, believe that communism fails every time it is tried. If you reward the unproductive people and punish the productive people, eventually no one will want to do anything anymore. But I do have a couple of questions: (1) Poser, don’t you think you should get this communism thing to work in a micro community before imposing it on the rest of the world?
One of the points Hans-Hermann Hoppe makes is that the right to some private property is assumed by virtue of having a right to survive as an embodied individual. For example, surviving requires breathing, which requires an exclusive right to use the air surrounding one’s body. Similarly, surviving requires eating, which requires the right to be the exclusive consumer of some piece of food.
This leads to my second question for PoserorProphet. (2) When all private property has been taken away from people and all that is left is communal property, will we have to share underwear? Isn’t that just a little unhygienic? Or it will be like, “Ok, I’ll use it today, you use it tomorrow, but I want it back the next day.”