the simplest way communism makes no sense
That's the only part of communism that makes sense. Most people get less than they contribute. If there is any profit being made by the company that you work for and you don't receive any of it then you are getting less than you contribute. Communism is supposed to equalize the money for workers. That's where the problem lies. Businesses don't exist without risk. There is no reason to risk anything if you can't benefit from the risk.
Actually I agree communism makes no sense. But what also makes no sense is trying to smear any form of government as being "communist" just because it funds things needed for the common good of society, like roads, sewers, militaries, schools, safety net programs, etc. Public programs fall nowhere close to communism on the spectrum. Even when people are in a panic about high taxes it still remains on the opposite end of the spectrum from take it all away.
As far as I understand communism is a societal state in which each member of society contributes the entirety of their labor to a common inventory which each member of society has equal access to. If that is the case can I take more than I contribute to the common inventory?
No, you can't. You can withdraw only the total product of your own labour.
Your laughable bias and misunderstanding are evidenced fairly clearly by the fact that, under capitalism, the product of your labour is stolen from you by your employer, and in return you get a small percentage of it back. Hence, quite typically of morons like you, a problem with capitalism suddenly becomes a problem with communism.
It also resides in the minds of college leftists both professors and students.
Most of the cure for that is kids, a mortgage, and loss of tenure.
Believe it or not, I was once a communist.
Communism is a very attractive idea when you are minimally employed and completely without ambition.
However, the minute I wanted to make my life better, and started to think seriously about becoming a husband and father, I saw the limits of the whole thing.
I realized that in a capitalist system like we have here, I could change what I did, and earn more. In fact I sextupled my income between age (23 and 30.) I had the primary input into how much better I could do economically.
Communism relegates everyone to doing no better than the average. The reality of averages is that to make any significant improvement in my situation, EVERYBODY has to work harder and smarter.
Face it, other people are not going to row harder just because I want them to.
The simplest way communism makes no sense is that it frustrates self-determination and ambition, which are the primary mechanisms for getting us to climb down out of the trees and make life better.
The simplest way communism makes no sense is that it frustrates self-determination and ambition
Bullshit. Utter, raging bullshit.
Communism changes the social incentive from personal hedonism to collective progress. Just as there are people who respond better to the first incentive, there are also people who respond better to the second. The only difference is, the ones motivated by the second incentive are generally much nicer people.
Certainly, I'm not a right winger. But, I AM a capitalist. I don't disagree with your synopses in another thread that capitalists take a workers labor just like communists do..
But, instead of talking about how different they are, let's talk about how much they're the same..
In this world, if you wanna play, you're going to pay.. Some call it paying the piper, whoever the piper is. Some call it bribery. The mob calls it the vig.. Governments call it taxes and fees, banks call it interest, and your boss takes some of your labor be he a capitalist or a communist.. Everybody pays.
What I LIKE about capitalism is that you have a CHANCE to improve your lot.