The Measure Of A Country – Communism or Capitalism?
Communism is generally considered the opposite of Capitalism
DEFINITION: Capitalism provides a direct reward for accomplishment to
those who do the work.
DEFINITION: Communism distributes the reward for accomplishment,
amongst those who did the work and those who did little or nothing.
Is Socialism perhaps only a fancy word for Communism?:
We could then determine how Communistic a country is based on the proportion of tax or labor a citizen must contribute to the State. i.e. The U.S.A. where the average citizen pays around 50+% of their income to 33,000+ taxation bodies, could now fit the definition of a Communistic or Socialist country U.S.S.A. (Most people forget to add ALL the taxes they pay - telephone, real-estate, gas, tire etc.).
A key issue society commonly struggles with, is the taking care of the needy. The question must be asked when the responsibility of caring for the needy moves from that of the families responsibility to that of the State? Common services are also a problem in that it is sometimes difficult to get people to pay their fair share. For example a shared rural road.
Communism and Capitalism need not be related to a democratically elected government. However, democracy is the Communism of citizens’ decisions. I.e. making the action of a government reflect that of the common vote.
Democracy, perhaps, defines mediocrity since one takes the median of the votes and makes this the decision. I.e. decisions are based on the median intelligence / discernment.
The U.S.A. is not a Democracy, it is a Republic. Officials are elected from regions to represent and vote for those in their region.
Perhaps the problems we are experiencing with representation in the U.S. is due to the size of representatives regions? I.e. one can never really know the individual you are electing because the representative populous is too large. Does the Swiss Canton provide a better model, did the Greeks have it right? Clearly the structure of governments live and die like the rest of us.