"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
If I recall right, there was a journal of one settler. It talked about how many people slacked off and didn't work very hard on the "commons", and since they were communitarian it was all "commons". Many younger men wondered aloud, the journal said, why they should work their fingers to the bone to support the wives and children of others, when they recieved only "their need" instead of a return proportional to the amount of work they did.
In short, the lack of incentive lead to a lack of hard work. The communitarian fields, worked by everyone, lead to a "I'll do the minimum necessary, and someone else will pick up my slack" attitude, which lead to a short harvest and a very lean winter in which many died. Lack of incentive, you see.
When they changed to a private-property, own-your-production (capitalist) system, people had an incentive to work hard. If they worked their own fields, no one else was going to "take up their slack" and if they worked hard at it they KEPT the results of their productivity.
This is why capitalism produces plenty, and communism/socialism/etc produces "barely enough" and eventually hovers on the edge of starvation.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
no, but remember that their individual survival was no longer tied to their individual labor.Did the fact they worked together take away the incentive to survive?
see Post # 25Did their cattle not like the colour red? What specifically about a communal style made them starve?
“If we must have an enemy at the head of Government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible, who will not involve our party in the disgrace of his foolish and bad measures.”
- Alexander Hamilton. Spiritual father of #NeverTrump
Next year in congress: GOP floats bill to eliminate Thanksgiving as an official holiday. Because COMMUNISTS!
One of you will end up here next!
Stossel doesn't appear to understand the difference between working together and coerced cooperation.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”