Originally Posted by kolte
If the income of the united states economy was equally distributed amongst the people each citizen would have an income of approx. 40k a year. Thats upper middle class for everyone. And no, communism does not work on the concept of competition, instead we see the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all. Communism deprives no man of the power to appropriate the products of society; all that it does is to deprive him of the power to subjugate the labor of others by means of such appropriations.
What you just described here is not communism, but rather socialism, in which the wealth of the nation is shared equally among its inhabitants. Mondragon, Spain is a perfect example of it too...
Free development inhibits competition on all levels. It things are free, where's the profit? If intellect is free, what is intellect? If culture is free, where is diversity? If politics are free, where is change and reform? In a communistic state, there is no need for such characteristics.
All these governments that appropriate 'communism' as their form of government are wrong. The term is a misnomer that characterizes a state of incomplete transition. Some would call it the Dictatorship of the Proletariat. There is distinct transition, that Karl Marx, himself, prescribes for communism to come into existence. The USSR nearly got there, however, VI Lenin got greedy, he didn't return power back to the upper class. There has never been a true communist state in the history of the earth, with the exception of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.
Communism throws us back to the days before the stone age...we'd be ignorant fools who'd know literally nothing. We'd be naked in a field, having sex at ease with whomever we please. Ignorace is bliss, so is communism.