Or is there such a thing? Communism is certainly not an "evil" ideology, morally it aims to look after all people in a society. The true aim of communism is to prevent one man from exploiting another, it aims to provide true freedom in that all have food in their stomachs, all can pursue the careers they want to.
The problem is that communism ignores humanity. Humanity is not equal, like most other animals on the planet. Take a herd of Impala, all the females are almost perfect replicas of one another. Even the bachelor herds consist of males that look identical, possibly the most aggressive rather than the strongest one gets to do the breeding. Humans differ hugely in terms of physique, intelligence, appearance - and most of all, thought processes. We tend to have very diverse ideas about what constitutes a pleasant lifestyle. The only animals that come close to us are the apes, yet they don't display anywhere near our individuality.
Can any sane person say we are all equal and deserve equal remuneration for our services, as long as we can do the work we love. Surely people clever enough to be medical doctors are more valuable to us than a man who's only ability is manual labour. Sure, we need the guy to dig the hole, but my survival depends more on the fellow who can give me anaesthetic without killing me while removing a septic appendix. I agree, the income disparity as it currently stands makes no sense and is not fair, but there has to be some way of rewarding a "more valuable" person more than the "worker ant". Or not?
Communist ideology's main flaw is that it is based on assuming humans can maintain the same mindless discipline of ants and bees. (The social insects) That's pretty short sighted if you ask me. Hence the only way to establish communism is by authoritarian rule - there is no other way to get the naughty humans to tow the line. Remember how the Chinese all wore the same uniform. The Chinese were the only one's able to perfect communism, and yet now individuality is starting to dominate and China is becoming more and more Capitalist. They already have a problem with a widening gap between wealthy and poor people. And the cheeky workers are starting to demand more - they already have moved some of their industries to Bangladesh where wages are lower.
China has poor state healthcare and state pensions, so even the poor still have to save most of their spare cash to cover those critical aspects of life. Not the best socialism example.
The only practical "communism" is the efficient socialism of some European countries. Sweden comes to mind. Very high taxes, but exceptional state health care, education, and service delivery by the government in general. The populace is very disciplined and pays its taxes happily, as they know their government uses the money properly. The result is a relatively crime and corruption free society, there aren't any poor people to steal from the wealthier. If only our government could reach 10% of that efficiency we'd happily "socialise". Oh, and people are paid differently for different abilities.
Our "communists" are a bunch of rabble merely making a lot of noise and using intimidation and destruction as a means to gain political power. I doubt with their leadership they'll ever come close to achieving the ideals of Marx and Lenin for their people. A successful communist society requires discipline and a will to MAKE it work, not demanding it works. The culture is wrong, the mindset is wrong. A golden opportunity was lost when the 1000's of hectares given to the people via land reform, on a communist basis, failed to ever produce anything. Land reform was an opportunity for the commies to prove communism could work here, and exactly the opposite was proved. In fact, I now wonder if any system will work here under the current leaders (can we really call them that?) of our country.
There are nasty people, clever people, strong people, weak people, jealous people. People are not ants or bee's, so pure communism can never work for the human race. Maybe Malema and his EFF will prove me wrong ... or come to think of it, no, they won't.
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