Communism is a political and economic theory with the goal of creating an egalitarian society. Its proponents argue that everyone in the society benefits when basic needs are met for all, and that capitalism unfairly divides up resources so that the rich get richer while the marginalized fall through the cracks. But communism doesn’t work because it fails to value individualism, which is necessary for true creativity and innovation. And without these things, there’s no real progress or improvement in the quality of life.
The five-year plans created by the communist governments failed miserably.
Five-year plans are used to measure the success of a government in meeting its economic and social goals. A five-year plan has been used by many communist governments such as the Soviet Union, China, Cuba, and North Korea. In each of these countries, the government attempts to balance production and consumption by creating targets that they must meet. However, when looking at the results of these economic plans it becomes clear that they were not successful.
The main problem with five-year plans is their sustainability; if a government does not meet its targets for one year then this creates a precedent for future years where it will fail again unless there is drastic change within either policy or leadership structure. By continuing to fail year after year you quickly lose credibility as well as confidence from your people who become disillusioned by what was once an exciting idea but now seems like an empty promise made by an incompetent leader who refuses to accept responsibility for his failures (or worse yet blames someone else).
In the end, there are no lifeboats in communism.
As we’ve established, communism is a system that tries to force people to do things that are against their nature. But it does so using the threat of violence and death. If you don’t do what I say, your family will be punished or killed.
This leads us to our final point: in the end, there are no lifeboats in communism. In fact, if you don’t jump into one of those communist lifeboats when they arrive at your doorstep (and fast), then you’re going down with the ship—and all its passengers—whether or not you want it to happen!
There is no incentive to achieve or excel.
Communism is a system that has no incentive to achieve or excel. Under communism, everyone is rewarded for the same work. Therefore, there’s no incentive for someone to do any more than the bare minimum because they’re not going to be rewarded any more than if they just did what they were told.
Imagine you’re working as an accountant and your boss comes up with an idea for a new computer program that will help streamline your accounting process and save time at work. You could spend weeks writing this program yourself or you could get your boss off his lazy bum and tell him he needs to do it because he got paid more than you did last year anyway and it’s not like anything else really matters so why bother? The point is: in communism there’s no reward for being innovative or taking on extra responsibility which means people won’t do these things unless some kind of outside force compels them (like fear).
There is no free press or free speech.
There is no free press or free speech. The media is controlled by the government and cannot criticize it. The education system is controlled by the government and teaches only what it wants you to know (if anything). The judiciary system has been completely corrupted into a tool of state control: judges are appointed by the Communist Party rather than elected, meaning that they do not have to answer to any voters except their political masters. If you want arts, literature or culture? You’ll get whatever approved propaganda they want you to see. Want some economic freedom? Nope! The economy is run as one big socialist collective farm where everyone must work together toward common goals set out by those at the top of society’s hierarchy—the Communist Party elite who look after themselves first while everyone else suffers as second class citizens under their leadership (and third class in many cases).
The military and police are so tightly controlled that there isn’t even much need for freedom of movement since everything one could possibly want can be found within walking distance anyway…except maybe some fresh air outside of these four walls; but even then why bother when it seems like such a hassle?
People have to accept the government’s view of reality.
When you live under a communist regime, the government decides what is true and what is false. You must accept that the government’s version of reality is the correct one. If you disagree with the government’s official line, you risk being punished or even killed for your dissent.
In his book “The Gulag Archipelago,” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn shows how Stalin turned Russia’s prisons into places where people could be sent simply because they had committed some crime against the state—a thought crime—and not because they had actually committed any action against others. In other words, Stalin was able to use his power to control not only actions but thoughts as well.
Classical liberalism creates a fairer environment for everyone.
Classical liberalism is based on the assumption that people are self-interested. This means that they act in their own best interest, and they have the right to do so. In a liberal society, no one tells you what to do or how to act—you are free to pursue your own happiness as long as you aren’t harming anyone else. Liberalism believes in individual choice and personal responsibility; it doesn’t tell you what kind of car to drive or what color your house should be painted (unless those choices directly affect other people).
You can see why this type of society would provide more opportunities for success than a communist government: In a liberal system, everyone has access to resources like education and healthcare because those things aren’t rationed by central planners who decide whether or not an individual deserves them based on their political usefulness.
A communist society does not work because people are human. We want to work for reward, and we want freedom to act as we think best for ourselves and our families, not just at the whim of the state or ‘society.’
Here’s the thing: People are not robots. We’re not machines, or animals, or anything else that can be simply programmed to act in a certain way without any thought or consideration as to why we are acting that way. In fact, every human action—even if it appears as though it’s mindless, instinctual behavior—is always done for a reason. Even when we don’t know what that reason is at the time (because our conscious mind is too slow to keep up with how quickly our subconscious brain processes information), there’s still an underlying intention behind what we do and say and think.
So here’s my question: Why would anyone want any other person or group of people telling them how they should live their lives? Wouldn’t everyone want freedom over their own decisions about work and love and family? Wouldn’t everyone want choices about whether they participate in society at all? And wouldn’t everyone want the ability to speak their minds without fear of government reprisal?
Some people are willing to believe in communism, even though it has been proven over and over again not to work. Certain people will always be attracted by its promise of a Utopia. It’s up to us as classical liberals to show that we have the only viable answer for creating a better society. By showing how Soviet Russia, China, Cuba and others failed so miserably at the creation of an ideal society based on equality, we can demonstrate how the citizen-centered way will create a much fairer environment for all of us.