You wanna see Communism with a "stable" government? Well, the current American system is just about as stable as it gets so far in human history. And Obama and Friends currently are trying their hardest to transcend out current capitalistic state and turn us towards communism. So just give it a few years, and see how you like it.
What a load of shit. If Obama is a communist, then you, like Col. Shafer, are a unicorn.
a communist. And as a communist, I can tell you that Obama is a capitalist through and through, just a Keynesian rather a monetarist. Capitalism only has two policies; spend, or save. Saving didn't work, capitalism errupted in crisis (again) and our-so-clever rulers decided to change the guy swinging the bat (or some other inane metaphor) and now we have someone trying to punt the ball in the opposite direction. The fact that last time this happened they changed from Keynesianism to monetarism (thereby proving that Keynesianism didn't work) is neither here no there. There are only two things they can do.
Because capitalism is fundamentally a broken system. It can never work, even in theory. So the fact it doesn't work in practice should come as no suprise. Daneel's assertion that it's because "we have the wrong sort of people" is saddening, but not surprising. Also, if it's true, (I don't think it is), but if it is
true, it's yet another reason why we should scrap capitalism.
"Het folks! I've got the perfect way of living! Unfortunately, we all have to be 14" tall and have 9 eyes!"
"Oh, yeah, let's try to do that then!"
Doesn't work, does it?
However, even if we were 14" tall and had 9 eyes (or were just nicer to each other, which some claim is "against human nature" but I don't believe that either) capitalsim still
wouldn't work, because it can never, as a result of the use of wage labour and the deriving of profit, buy everything it produces; and because profit and need have no necessary connection to each other, capitalism can neither fullfil the world's needs, nor actually realise it's 'natural' profits.
If a company making a product is making a profit, it's paying its workers less than the value to the company of the work they have done. Every company tries to do this, if they don't they go bust. So thevalue of the labour-power of the workers is in part paid back to them, and in part it's kept by th company - some goes on plant, some on raw materials, some to the state for corporation tax and national insurance and such like, and some is pure profit, paid out to the shareholders.
So for every hour a worker works, the first 30 or 40 or 54 minutes or something are actually working for the boss (and the state, which is merely the boss's club with the other bosses); only 30 or 20 or 6 minutes or something is actually working for themself (and their family if they have one).
That 6 minutes' pay (or whatever) is not enough for the worker to buy back the goods that the worker made for the company. Nor is the 6 minutes' pay of all the other workers in the foirm, or all the other firms. Nor is the addition of all the taxes that the governmetn pays out to all the unemployed and the pensioners, and the government workers like teachers and policemen and the army and the judges and the bin-men (if you have local government bin-men, I dunno it may be private where you are) and to run the prisons and hospitals (I dunno, you might have no health service where you are); but whatever the specifics of government spending are, there is never enough money coming in and going out again to buy the goods that are produced.
So we end up with goods, that are produced with the expectation of profit, that are never actually turned into profit. And without money coming in to them, the companies who produced them cannot re-invest in plant or buy raw materials, and have to cut back on their workforce. Their suppliers (the tool manufactureers who just built a new flange-crumpler) and raw material suppliers (the moominate mining companies) have to cut back on their workforces too... all of a sudden the government has to cope with a million more people on welfare so needs to raises taxes which leaves our workers at the moominate flange-crumpling plant with less
money and the bosses with less
profit and the situation gets worse and worse...
And that is "the crisis of overproduction in capitalism". A crazy situation - the 'economy' ruined because we make too much stuff that no one can sell
. Not too little, oh no, the problem isn't that we haven't got enough
Wiis and Coca-Cola and DVD players and ipods and battleships and celebrity gossip magazines. No; we have too much, we're too good at making things, and not good enough at buying them.
Now; that's a fucking stupid system that can never work. No matter what people you have in it, it is innevitable that it will end in crisis. That is why we need to abolish it. And, what we need is communism - not the communism of unicorns, which is just a particularly brutal form of capitalism, but real communism, the worldwide abolition of the state and commodity production, and its replacement with a classless communal society - the world human community, in fact.