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NOTE: The following piece is not a history lesson, so no sleeping. It’s an editorial. Yelling is allowed.

Communism

Contrary to recent events, the communist system actually does work. It works all over the world, to varying degrees. Even the US dabbled with the WPA in the 30’s (an inherently communist organization). The problem with communism is scale: the larger you grow an individual communist population unit (a village, to state, to an entire country), the resulting government bureaucracy necessary to administer the system grows EXPONENTIALLY with the population, and not proportionally as one would think. Soon the segment of the population needed just to administer and check the non-governmental population outgrows the resources generated by that non-governmental population, and the system fails from lack of resources. This mass increase of government personnel leads to the mass increase of central government power. Anytime this happens, the possibility of corruption and totalitarianism will always increase. ┬áThat amount of power in one body will always lead to problems. Think: USSR. From Stalin to Khrushchev, the USSR has devolved into an off form of fascism that controlled everyone. Also, large-scale communism breeds an odd sense of non-ownership that strips the population of a sense of worth. Why repair a thing, if it’s not yours to repair? Why not steal if you’re not stealing from someone? If everyone owns it, no one owns it. After years of that type of sentiment, it would be completely understandable if a society were to crumble under the weight of its own apathy. (more…)

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A recent comment in our local newspaper forum led me to think about the state of our national politics. The writer mentioned the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and similar government employment programs during the reconstructionist/New Deal era. The WPA of the 30’s helped to energize the economy and quash the great depression. Though the writer mentioned how useful programs like that could be in today’s economy, I believe the over-the-top rhetoric of the ‘conservative’ community many have made that impossible. Any endeavor in which public money is used for public service programs is now deemed “Socialist” and, if enough money is proposed, even “Communist.” (more…)