first of all there is not one form of capitalism and not one form of communism there different “flavors” of the both, where capitalism and communism is the same is marked in orange. (warning, list is by no means complete, feel free to comment)

pros:

  • big individual freedoms (but the NSA is watching you and already calculating your “score”, the Chinese do it in public, the NSA in secret… and if they don’t like you, they might just send you a drone)
  • high innovation (but as companies get bigger and bigger, corruption goes up, innovation and even quality goes down (Microsoft, Apple, BWM are following the path of Nokia and Kodak) often resulting products are useless garbage or even worse: faulty per factory products (they want you to buy more and more instead of less and less, planned obsolescence) whatever sells and people “believe” need to be “cool”)
    • (nobody sleeps in front of Apple-Stores anymore to spend all their money on the latest iPhone XXXXX)
  • in theory – shared responsibility – everyone should take responsibility for his/her own fate/lifes, but in the end everybody only cares about themselves / their wealth / their houses (breeding systematic pathological egoism)
    • a lot of CEOs escape responsibility and thus act irresponsible (they want their 100 Million, no matter how the company is doing or if it will still exist in 3-10 years)
    • most people do know how and why to take responsibility in their own hands
      • responsibility would mean, give them a piece of land and teach them why it is important to take care of it and grow healthy vegetables in for themselves, instead of depending on a monetary system that is monolithic, highly instable/fragile and to buy from food-monopoly of companies, instead of producing your own.
    • most people will not take more responsibility than for themselves (often do not feel responsible even for their own children)

cons:

  • fake elections: you can vote but it does not make any big difference in policy making
    • money influences lawmaking too much
  • concentration of wealth leads to fascism (concentration of undemocratic power) riots and uprisings between “the lazy filthy rich” vs “the lazy super poor without any perspective” (without hope to improvement)
  • privatization and exploitation: the term “privare” is latin and means “to deprive, take, rob” – people that “own too much” land – will be filthy rich even when working nothing – because they tax the not-owners more and more (greed) to the point of collapse (all restaurants close down and move out of town, no restaurant can afford the rent)
    • definition of filthy rich: if you can not remember the last time you cleaned your own bathroom yourself. (because employees will do it for you)
  • treats nature very recklessly
  • unstable (unpredictable bubbles and crashes)
  • insecure (the free market feels not responsible for society, it is up to the individual)
  • unsustainable (in the current form at least)
  • too much competition that starts in childhood
  • mass surveillance of the public (thanks Snowden! no one ever thought this would be possible)
  • corruption
  • science and universities are very much “market driven” means dependent on external money from sponsors (big pharma, big industry) thus studies and research results might be “blatant lies” to sell a product, studies are conducted in a truth-manipulating way – this will and can even stall scientific progress because what “does not pay off” will not be studied
  • healthcare is very expensive – half of the population can not afford it.
  • public school might be free but of bad quality (massively underfunded, budget got destroyed)
  • private school very expensive, 90% can not afford it
  • university very expensive
  • freedom of speech:
    • you can say what you think – but expect every word you say – every word you typed on a phone or in a computer to be recorded by the NSA (your government) and stored forever, analyzed forever and in the worst case – used in a manipulative way against you in court – forever. (Julian Assange, 1984)
    • comedians are allowed to speak truth to power, if it is funny and not insulting their boss (whoever that is, nobody knows)

pros:

  • everyone has a job (even if the way of conducting that job was with outdated technology, low innovation, inefficient, low safety standards)
  • healthcare is free
  • school and education is free
  • money was not the problem
  • no competition
  • science and universities do not need to “earn private money” – do not need to fake studies (except if the result does not please the boss, e.g. boss decision was wrong needs to be reversed): research is actually independent and studies and results should be “more true” (conducted in a non-manipulative way) unless someone tries to please politics and thus fakes progress (well this will not work for long)

cons:

  • fake elections: you can vote – but there are only two parties – if you vote the non-governmental party – that’s it – off to slave labor camp with you
  • not so much individual freedom – the state commands you to study this and that – work at this or that (state owned) company
  • low innovation, because people were not encouraged to think for themselves, innovation was stagnant
  • low variety of buy-able products
  • treats nature pretty much as recklessly as capitalism
  • exploitation: some people that were not fond of the regime were used as slave labor in Gulags (working camps)
  • mass surveillance of the public
  • corruption
  • all responsibility is with the government
    • if the government makes bad decisions the consequences might be very devastating for all society
    • this can be seen as an advantage for people that are good employees but bad CEOs
  • freedom of speech is very limited
    • people have gone to slave labor camps for making a joke about the government
    • while this might be – of course – insulting – it also deprives the system of learning about it’s mistakes early

How society should be:

Dalai-lama: “The meaning of life is to be happy” (in Buddhist terms this means deep inner satisfaction, this can not be bought)

A happy, safe, sustainable society that keeps on learning and developing itself.

  1. allow people to learn:
    • it shall be allowed to think and speak about how society works in order to improve it for everybody.
  2. gap between rich and poor shall be non existing or slim
    • the gap between rich and poor is not so big
    • where the poor get the feeling, if they work hard, they can improve their living standards
  3. sustainability:
    • the way of survival/conducting business shall be in a way that can be passed on to children and grand children
    • respect for the balances of nature, balance in everything is very important a human body that is not in balance will die.
  4. purpose in life:
    • everyone should actually contribute to society as much as he/she can
    • do truly important work that actually matters
    • no bullshit jobs
    • no lazy “stupid” super rich
    • no lazy “paralyzed” depressed super poor
    • no exploitation
  5. sharing and recycling of resources
    • it is outright wrong, that people born in a country can not afford their own land (not a single hectare) how are they supposed to survive?
    • yes resources are finite – but not a single human being “invented” and created the finite resources of this planet (oil, gold, silver) so actually it belongs to everybody
    • it is very important to produce products that last long and the resources consumed can easily be recovered
  6. never consider your concept of society complete
    • if mankind stops learning it will stop existing
    • when it comes to self reflection and learning capitalism and communism have both been pretty stubborn – the first does not want to hear what threatens profits – the second does not want to hear what criticizes governmental decisions (right or wrong).
    • both systems need to think about a constructive freedom of speech way that helps both systems learn and develop further – towards a hopefully better society.

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