Government 12


“From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” This is the principle that has guided Communism since the beginning of its existence. It creates a society where all people are economically equal and it breaks down social classes to mold one class of people that all share the same economic status. From different perspectives, it is the beign of an economy’s existence; from others, this philosophy is the solution to economic chaos. However, when thoroughly assessing the results and outcomes of a solely communistic economy, it is easily concluded that several complications arise in incorporating this type of philosophy within the governmental system.

First of all the negative results of Communism, there is the aspect of unfair benefits of being a hard worker. For example, if a man went to school for four years to earn a degree in the career he was to pursue, he would get paid the same and have the same advantages as a man who pursued the same career but with only a high school diploma. This would be unfair to the man who worked hard to earn a degree in a certain field. This one point brings up several other negative results of having a communist government.

If the man with the degree from the example earlier was paid the exact same amount as the man who had not worked nearly as hard, there would be hardly any motivation for that man to work to obtain an official degree in that field of study. Eventually, this would create a society of unqualified employees. Also it would result in a lack of employees in certain areas. Why would a person work hard outside in the cold picking up garbage when they can receive the same pay filing papers in a warm, cozy office with coffee and doughnuts? This would, after a while, break down the economic system of that country and destroy its social structure.

Another negative outcome of a communist society would be the tension that would arise among the employees of that country and eventually create a nation of unhappy people. The people would be unhappy because of the points mentioned earlier: Harder workers would not receive wages that compensated for their hard work and lazier people would receive the same pay as those who worked half their lives to get a degree from college. This tension would sooner or later grow into a large conflict between the government and the people. That nation’s people would more than likely attempt to overthrow their government because of their disagreements with the government’s philosophy and would eventually cause great turmoil and chaos within the nation.

The complications that arise from incorporating the communistic philosophy within a governmental system are endless. Most of them are problems that grow out of results such as unfairness to hard workers, no motivation for working hard, and tension among people and between the government and the common people. All of these and many more prove that communism is not an efficient way of governing a country.