Well, the original conversation on Ray Comfort’s Blog spilled over to the Digg site for further thoughts. I posted this response to someone called “The Butter Stick.” Butterstick was asserting the alleged success of communes around the world, especially in Norway (which butterstick referred to as paradise).
Here is my response to Butterstick that I posted at the digg.com site, for your reading pleasure:
Interesting thoughts Butterstick. But remember where this conversation started, on the blog that was dugg. Irish made a comment that Communism was consistent with the teachings of Jesus. I pointed out that it is not. He charged me with not having read the Communist Manifesto. Indeed I had read it.
I pointed out that he didn’t appear to understand the Communist Manifesto.
Apparently you don’t either. A bunch of people voluntarily living in community is NOT the vision of Communism that has been presented to the world. The violent overthrow of property, the following (allegedly temporary) dictatorship of the proletariat, free love, centralized NATIONAL control of the economy — These are the things that Karl Marx and Communism have presented to the world.
If you want to live in a commune, please enjoy yourself. I would rather be free.
I would rather be a part of a community where everyone “takes dominion” over what God gives them and we all trade and prosper together under God’s Justice. I would like to be a part of a community where those who have learned to create prosperity lend a helping hand to those who either have not learned to create prosperity or have suffered misfortune.
Humans by nature look after their own self-interest. This is not inherently evil unless it is done at the expense of another. A bunch of folks living in a commune are unlikely in most cases to produce much for themselves or others. (I have seen this happen this way).
In fact, the Separatists who came over to the New World on the Mayflower had problems with their communal experiment. Many starved to death. When they instead gave each some land to grow their own food, etc., amazingly enough they began to prosper! Hmmmm.