Secretly I’m a Communist
I love communism. Its guiding principle is absolutely sound: each person’s job is necessary for the proper function of society, so why should one receive more compensation for it than another. However, there’s this annoying little thing that gets in the way of communism ever working in this world. That thing is people. More specifically, that thing is the utter depravity of every human heart. Even more specifically the problem is this vice called “Greed” and his big brother, “Self-centeredness.”
The problem communism attempts to address is scarcity. Scarcity means that no matter how many goods we produce, we are never going to be able to completely satisfy mankind’s hunger for stuff. There just aren’t enough material resources available to us. However, we can and do completely satisfy the material hungers of a few. There are a very small number of people in the world who have more than they could ever possibly want. Communism wants to redistribute the world’s wealth so that each individual experiences the same amount of scarcity. Basically with communism nobody’s desire for stuff will ever be completely satisfied, (except in the minds of the most hopeless optimists) but there will be nobody who has significantly more than others, so the lust for more stuff will be mitigated.
This is where the unfortunate negative characteristic of the human heart come in. You see, communism only works if everybody continues to produce at a capacity similar to their output in a capitalistic system, but the only reason people produce so much under capitalism is because they are motivated by greed. In capitalism most everything somebody produces belongs to him, but in communism everything he produces belongs to everyone. This means that while in a capitalist economy of 100 people, if one were to produce $1 worth of goods, he would have earned 1$, in a communist economy the producer’s effective income would be $0.01. The incentive to be productive is significantly less.
So while there is nothing wrong with communism’s guiding principle, it can’t function in a world motivated by personal gain, and we know from the Bible that mankind won’t be perfected until Christ’s second coming, therefore functional communism is unfortunately impossible on this Earth. We’ll have to find another less systematic, more caring way to look after the less fortunate.