• @disguy_ovahea
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    Second wish is for a version of communism that actually works on a large scale.

    • @Eheran
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      Just have to love that you get downvoted for something so basic. “Nah, the current and past versions were fine!” Like what the fuck?

      • @copd
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        It’s probably the same people who downvoted the meme. Effectively people who don’t want ANY version of communism

        • 10_0
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          Communism: the best economic system in the world. that no one uses. Capitalism: everyone uses it.

        • @disguy_ovahea
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          In all fairness, it was ~5 AM GMT when I commented, so it was 8 AM in Moscow and 1 PM in Hong Kong.

      • @PopOfAfrica
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        41 month ago

        The post has 23 upvotes. What are you on about?

        • @Eheran
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          It had 0 when I commented.

          I can not see the number of up/down votes, sadly, they copied that flaw from Reddit.

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            Interesting. My app allows me to have them separate, so I see all the up separate from all the down, and always have. I refused early on to use anything that combines them because I want the full picture of engagement.

            If you use an app, check through the settings and see if it’s supported (all the iOS apps I tested have it). Idk about web, might be something to look into tho since the data is all there, so it’s just be a matter of handling.

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              Using Connect, I will have a look! Yes, setting exists, nice!

          • kamenLady.
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            I can’t see the number of downvotes at a glance, but i can see that it has 152 upvotes and that 82% of people upvoted the post.

            I’m far too lazy now, but this should be enough to do the math and get the number of downvotes or do you mean something else?

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              152 is the sum of the + and -1 votes 82 % were + So 18% were - So 18% of + were canceled from the - So what we see is the remaining 64% positive, which means that 100 % are 237 votes (42 downvotes, 195 upvotes)

              To me, the post has 48 upvotes (net positive).

    • @xenoclast
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      71 month ago

      Shit, we have examples or socialized markets that run whole economies. We don’t need to go far… Shit enforcing the current rules equally would change the world…

    • Fogle
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      Yeah lets not look at the large scale capitalism that is definitely working for society

      • @ikidd
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        Yah, the pervasive surveillance should help immensely and totally not be used against the people.

      • volvoxvsmarla
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        That’s an interesting take, wanna tell me more? (I’m sick right now and my brain cells don’t function well enough to think for myself but that’s unironically an interesting take)

        • @[email protected]
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          31 month ago

          that the means of production are very easily owned by the working class and petit bourgeoisie? throw a dart at a list of SaaS products.

          • @ikidd
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            SaaS

            owned

            Pick one.

            • @[email protected]
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              well I meant that most business tools have a free/affordable tier or competitor, there’s little structure holding back a profit-sharing model in terms of infrastructure

    • @samus12345
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      If you’re wishing anyway, you might as well go to the root of the problem and change human nature.

        • @samus12345
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          Humans are too tribal for communism to work on a large scale. Making them see all humanity as their tribe would be a good start.

            • @samus12345
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              Because communism requires everyone to be willing to work for the betterment of society, not money. But unless everyone (or at least almost everyone) does that, it doesn’t work.

    • @[email protected]
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      That’s actually pretty easy once capitalist USA is abolished and thus no longer violently interfering with the internal affairs of socialist countries.

      • @[email protected]
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        I am not so knowledgeable so forgive my ignorance, but why do most communist States have this knack for massive intelligence gathering on its own citizens? Are the concepts of personal privacy with freedom and working towards collective good so mutually exclusive?

        Again this is not sarcastic, I genuinely wish to know.

        PS I also hate capitalism from the core of my guts.

        • @[email protected]
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          121 month ago

          why do most communist States have this knack for massive intelligence gathering on its own citizens?

          Corporations have this knack too. Everybody in power does. It’s just that one privately owned corporation can only reach so far.

        • @[email protected]
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          It’s less that Communist States have massive intelligence networks on their own populace because they are Communist, and more that states kinda just do that. American privacy violations are horrifying.

          The “difference” largely comes from bourgeois media overplaying the bad elements and underplaying the good elements of Communist projects, while downplaying the bad elements and overplaying the good elements of Capitalist projects.

          Combine this with the widespread fact that the US intentionally infiltrates and destabilizes states that even flirt with Socialism in the Global South, with hundreds of assassination attempts on figures like Castro, and it starts to seem more reasonable.

          • Citizen
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            Indeed Communists never manipulated the media… Jesus!

              • Citizen
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                Knowing the why means that one sane person would not want to do the same mistake again if (s)he learned the lesson in the first place…

                hope you get what I’m saying…

                • @[email protected]
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                  61 month ago

                  What “same mistakes?” Capitalism? Yes, I agree, we should abolish it and progress towards Socialism.

            • @[email protected]
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              Literally everyone uses the media that way, media always has bias and if you’re ignorant to it you should be more wary.

              • Citizen
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                Maybe it is time to start abolishing media and advertising in the first place…

                *I bet a lot of those downvoting work in advertising/media… No pun intended.

                • @[email protected]
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                  Media nah leave it, advertising I’d absolutely be down for. Advertising and Marketing are essentially the science of tricking our brains, and when that lever is exposed to capital you get enshittification and misery.

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          Are the concepts of freedom and working towards collective good so mutually exclusive?

          Not necessarily, and I also disagree with the commenter above that without the USA suddenly the world would be singing kumbaya.

          The problem was dictators seizing power in turbulent times. In Russia, Stalin abolished the soviets (A.K.A worker’s councils, kinda like mega unions) in the Soviet union. I think that says a lot.

          In Romania (I’m a bit better equipped to talk about this one), things were a bit different.

          The original communist government (1945) was essentially a Russian puppet state that drained the wealth of Romania via war reparations. Stalinist purges happened often during this period.

          During the 1950s and early 1960s, Romania got a degree of independence and things were actually looking up. Society in general (infant mortality, gender equality, literacy, standard of living, etc) were all improving rapidly without Russia draining us and making decisions for us, and we didn’t have a surveilance state of the scale that would come later. This was a period marked by political battles between the liberal communists and the Stalinist communists for control, with Stalinists commiting some pretty horrible atrocities (if you want nightmare fuel for some reason, look up the Pitesti experiment).

          Then, 1965, Ceacescu took power. During his early years, he actually looked like a liberal (EDIT: Just to be clear: I mean a liberal communist. This means more individual freedom for citizens in a communist economy). He allowed some emigration, some free speech, and even spoke out about the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. This, at the start, did not look like a typical authoritarian communist state. Unfortunately, Inspired by the “amazing” society of North Korea in 1971, he started to make changes in the structure of society to be more like it, which included an expanded Securitate. 2 years later, harsh austerity policies to repay foreign loans led to a massive drop in living conditions, which led to riots, which led to crackdowns. Things rapidly spiralled, and the Securitate were given more and more power to keep control.

          This then became the police state that everybody thinks of when they think of communism. A combination of too much power in 1 person’s hands, an authoritarian imperialist overlord (Russia), and rising backlash against dropping living conditions.

          • @[email protected]
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            In Russia, Stalin abolished the soviets (A.K.A worker’s councils, kinda like mega unions) in the Soviet union.

            Are you referring to the constitution of 1936, which established 4 layers of representative councils (local, regional, national, union) as Stalin dissolving the Soviets?

            1. why do you think that is worse

            2. why do you blame it on Stalin? Seems like a thing that was written and implemented pretty democratically.

            • @[email protected]
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              No, I’m not talking about the 1936 constitution. I meant specifically the disempowerment of local and union soviets.

              I’m no expert on Russian history, so I may be misinformed about this, but as far as I understand it he put in place a series of reforms that stripped power from the local level and empowered the central committee.

              • @[email protected]
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                Shifted power in the sense of the local branches were federated within the same structure now, but honestly that seems more accountable and democratic?

              • @[email protected]
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                This is partially true. Issues arose from trying to marry central planning with localized production, so there were a series of reforms that shifted the balance of control. This didn’t end worker representation, it was a major shift that changed its form as the USSR industrialized and grew beyond where it once was.

                Was it perfect and entirely democratic? No. Was it far more democratic than Capitalism? Absolutely, without question.

          • Citizen
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            “we didn’t have a surveilance state of the scale that would come later”

            For all of you that preach communism please make an imagination exercise just for a minute and imagine what kind of Authoritarianism you ask for when you will have a neverseen kind of Technological Communism, using current available surveillance technology (in place) like your smartphone for example (which I know a lot of people don’t know what is its real use…)

            *Multumesc Tovarasi!

        • @[email protected]
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          Thank you all for the valuable insight. I can’t reply to everybody individually so I am replying as a collective. From what I can surmise, basically, the state becomes the sort of mega Corp that capitalism inevitably breeds and data mining becomes legal as you are the law and data mining is necessary to hold power and prevent further revolutions.

          It makes me wonder, how do new economic models come to be? Does it always have to be Einsteinian, that one man is a genius, or can economics do collective progress like modern science. Obviously economics has more artificial hurdles to overcome, but we should have something better by now when we know that both systems suck. I don’t know, I am just a random guy on the internet

          BTW, correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that the root cause of these problems is one human having enough power to decide life and death of another human. Like maybe due to our origin by subjugation of other species, but people holding power over other people is creating a huge crap fest. Plus there is the worst inequality of all… Inequality of BIRTH.

          Honestly,i dont know, most dystopias come about because of some persons dream of utopia.

        • @[email protected]
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          Because once the dictatorship of the proletariat is installed it needs to defend itself from counter revolutionaries who want to reinstate class inequality. Actually similarly to how the US and other capitalist states are heavily surveilling and infiltrating communist and other anti capitalist groups in- and outside of their own countries.

        • @[email protected]
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          Basically when you do a socialist revolution your national bourgeoisie and international bourgeoisie are willing to crush it through any means necessary. You unfortunately have to use the machinery of the state to protect from bourgeois subversion, or you get shit like Indonesia, Chile, overthrow of the USSR through executive coup, etc.