[ 3/August/21 ]
The question is just so wrong at every assumption.
I am not a fan of communism, but not every communist systems has failed.
The human race is not gene coded for domination, we are the most cooperative species on the planet.
I don’t know anyone who wants equality, to be exactly identical to everyone else. Who would???
What people need is sufficiency.
We need enough to be able to live in security, and to express our creativity responsibly, in whatever ways we choose.
Any expression of creativity must logically result in diversity.
What capitalism has going for it is distributed governance. That is required of any system that is to survive long term.
Capitalism fails in two very important ways:
One is in being heavily reliant on market measures of value; and markets cannot value universal abundance above zero. So markets require some degree of poverty to work. Automation allows us to meet the reasonable needs of everyone for a growing class of goods and services. Markets cannot give that a positive value. Thus human values and market incentives are now becoming increasingly opposed to each other.
The second failure is again related to technology, and it is the ability of technological progress to give exponential advantage to an ever decreasing set of individuals, leading to ever greater asymmetries.
So the idea that humanity cannot do better than capitalism is just wrong.
And there are some aspects of capitalism that are powerful and need to be part of whatever replaces it. Distributed governance is great. Encouraging diversity and exploration are great. We just need to do so more cooperatively, and we need to be conscious that if freedom is to survive it must be exercised with responsibility, and that can get very complex, particularly in fundamentally uncertain contexts.