The Intimate Communist
The world over and through eons of time the principles of communism must always fail and capitalism must always prevail. The danger comes when the most successful societies attract the attention of the communists.
The central issue at play in both systems, communism and capitalism, and the cause of failure or success, is innovation.
Communists are communists, because they’re administrators, mid-level managers who recognize the need to use threats and force to obtain results. If they begin as communists, they are attracted to these positions where there is no requirement of specific talents or abilities other than the willingness to manipulate and force compliance.
If they begin as ideologically neutral and find themselves in these positions through accident or attrition, they quickly understand that they have no power that does not derive from the police state and once they get accustomed to the power that comes with forcing people to renew their license or pass some exam or abide by certain criteria on which their livelihoods depend, they become statists and communists. The power to destroy and use regulations of specious origin to do it is an intoxicant.
Capitalists are in a state of nature. They’re likely dumped into society after school without a penny or good understanding of business, but they’re cold and hungry and soon come to search their environment for means of alleviating one or both of those conditions. They might offer services for a price, recognize a poorly-designed machine and design a better one, or they might create something absolutely new. The minute they try to profit from it, there’s a communist to detail the steps required before they can do so; a business license, a permit to operate, a license to practice.
A communist cannot function, even exist, in isolation. They must have a system in place, a structure to exploit, a police force or army to enforce their regulations. These regulations usually serve only to provide the communist with food and shelter as they enforce the ordinances and regulations against business. This is the original nexus where the communist comes in contact with the capitalist as they inform and enforce regulations (often promoted by competitors) for a wage and the capitalist, in order to sustain his ability to provide himself with food and shelter, must comply.
The capitalist effectively comes to work “for” the communist, ensuring his place in society and providing not only for himself, but the communist as well. Initially, it’s a small fee, a statutory requirement, but the more effective these are at demanding payment, the more demands are made and the greater the price for ignoring them. This is how the communists thrive and grow while the economic engine is slowly dismantled.
In order to satisfy the growing rolls of communists, even greater demands are made on the capitalist and he recognizes the need to be more productive or efficient and innovates a way to achieve that. That event drives him onward and as his enterprise grows, it takes up a greater and greater share of the communist’s budget and must be regulated more strictly and at greater expense.
But before the communist seizes this fact as his purpose, his place in capitalism, the same exact dynamic is achieved by more capitalists who provide competition. Capitalists hate competition and often turn to the communist to hinder or prevent competition from rising. This is the point of inflection. Only one method can prevail.
Communism is a poor choice, because it always fails. It’s a parasite on the healthy body, not an integral part of it. It cannot innovate, because it arises from of a strict adherence to a central plan, i.e., restricting innovation in favor of taxing that which exists. Innovation is work, it’s difficult to understand and recognize the opening for exploitation in a new system. The communist always prefers a static industry on which to feed.
Capitalism always prevails (until the crony capitalists employ the communists to impede competition), because they’re forced to find a better way. There is no money in repetition or duplication, they have to have something new, something better to capture the eye of the public or the needs of an industry.
The day always comes, however, when the communists have fed so thoroughly on the capitalist’s labor that they kill the host. Economic chaos ensues, which leads to violent revolution, purges and exterminations.
By keeping so many of the people starving, dealing with useless junk made by people who have no vision and no way to put a vision into practice if they had one, that general hostility abounds throughout society.
When the communist can direct one disgruntled group at another disgruntled group they can keep the focus off of their failed policies that resulted in too few crops, too many poorly designed machines and equipment that must be made to the specifications of imbeciles, they will do it, even if it causes civil unrest. But when the disgruntled groups realize they’ve been manipulated, they can focus that righteous anger on the responsible party: communists.
This is the state of the US: When people stop falling for the distractions and recognize that communists started burrowing into the healthy body of the United States over 100 years ago and have now hollowed out its soul, causing all of its problems and difficulties, they have the chance to break free, but not before.
Who let the 2020 election get stolen? Who enforced illegal lockdowns by men with guns? Who is it that prefers eviction for property owners who simply cannot pay their property taxes? (probably as a result of pandemic lockdown enforcement causing unemployment) Who is it that helps the federal agents raid the property of their fellow citizens for “domestic terrorism” charges arising from speaking out at school board meetings, or when they exposed the criminality of the communists in the 2020 election insurrection? You guessed it, your county government. They are not your friends, they are the intimate communists in your world.
Back in the day, they called themselves Federalists, and longed for unified control of the entire nation "for the good of all". That's the real reason for the hatred of the Articles of Confederation. They were deemed "ineffective" because they were a system of distributed powers rather than of centralized control.
The problem with labels is they're never exactly right. The traditional academic definition of communism requires public ownership, which modern commies are always careful to avoid. The valid question of whether we actually own things we can't control only distracts us from the real issues, which are how much intrusion we'll tolerate. Civilization requires rules, or we're left with anarchy. So most people accept that something between anarchy and imprisonment is in our best interests. The arguments come from differences of opinion on where to split that difference.
There are always some ambitious people who want to impose their opinions on everyone else, and incompetent people willing to let them. Most of us don't want them controlling us, but still want the incompetents controlled.
What we really need is less incompetent people. Violent and property crimes make some want more rules and more control. Competent people just improve their own protection, and chafe when the rules for incompetents are applied to us.
The solution is to limit the power of bureaucrats to control us. The call to defund police is an example. If there were no cops, anywhere, I'll be fine. Others won't be. So my generosity and empathy says I'll tolerate some policing, but I'll try to keep it minimal. The main tool for controlling that balance in our mutant system of capitalist communism is the budgets. I work to get politicians elected who favor smaller government, at all levels, and to keep reminding them of their duty to restrain spending on the bureaucracy. Others want more protection, more government -- more socialism -- so they elect ambitious people who will increase those controls -- incremental socialism. Successful societies keep the balance toward less control. As government grows, we fail, step by step, day by day. It's our fault.