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Warpy

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6. I realized before I was out of my teens that Communism and Objectivism suffered the same fatal flaw
Sat Sep 7, 2013, 10:42 AM
Sep 2013

Neither system would work until and unless humanity had been perfected.

Later I saw Communism in practice start to morph into the feudalism it had replaced, the families of the Old Guard inheriting their positions like any aristocracy and the working people largely out of control of their situations. The dictatorship of the proletariat, something that sounds an awful lot like democratic control, has simply never been practiced by leaders who don't trust the people.

Communism has accomplished a transition from a colonial aristocracy to a mixed economy in those countries that haven't been afraid to make that transition. Part of that is likely encouraging the often foreign colonialists to leave.

Elsewhere it has ossified around its successes into a system inherited at the top and with little mobility elsewhere.

Marx, Engles, Trotsky and Lenin were all keen observers of captialism. Their prescription for Utopia is what fell short because they were not keen observers of humanity, especially the ones who find themselves in power after a revolution.

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