Family Communism (EP.58)

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Summary

Most well-functioning families are communist. Remember Mark’s founding principle, “From each according to their ability, and to each according to their needs.” Don’t families function that way, with the parents doing all they can to meet the needs of their children?

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Most well-functioning families are communist. Remember Mark’s founding principle, “From each according to their ability, and to each according to their needs.” Don’t families function that way, with the parents doing all they can to meet the needs of their children?

Families are:

  • Small; hey even with 12 kids, this is still a very small unit.
  • Homogeneous. Even a mixed-race family is far more homogeneous than any society.
  • Trusting: Most families enjoy a level of mutual trust. Again, compare this with even the most trusting society.
  • Aware of responsibilities: Everyone has a role or roles.
  • The very definition of “Pay it forward”: Parents sacrifice for their children. Those very children will most likely respond to that modeling and those behaviours, and do the same for their children. And so on, and so on. And it is possible that some children will one day need to sacrifice for their parents. N. B. All of this work and sacrifice is done voluntarily, not by government mandate. That’s key.

Is there a useful comparison between how families think and act and how societies with governments think and act? Yes. Let’s look two different ways of applying this:

  • Remember, we said “well-functioning” families. Societies that resemble the well functioning family are small, homogeneous, trusting, aware of the individual responsibilities, and are OK with being heavily taxed in order to help each other and to “pay it forward.” In these societies, democratic socialism, an adaptation of communism, a adaptation of Family Communism if you will,  has a better chance of working here than elsewhere. Scandinavian countries are a good example. And even there, they are pulling back from that model. As those countries become more diverse, they have become less trusting. The why of that is another discussion.
  • Societies that are not all of the above, especially trusting, are correctly not OK with being heavily taxed in order to help each other and to pay it forward. Democratic socialism would be stillborn in these societies. The US falls into this category. And it is deeply wrong to cite the success-to-date that Scandinavian countries have experienced with democratic socialism as a means of supporting that philosophy in the US.

The irony here is that the very people who are making the case for creating and deepening divisions in our society, the US, by emphasizing identity groups and pitting some against others are also calling for heavy taxation and redistribution. Worse, they want the identity groups they vilify the most to pay the most. How on earth do they think that will fly?

Hillary Clinton, the Democrat’s standard bearer in the 2016 Presidential election, used “Better together.” as a key campaign slogan. I agree; to that extent, “I’m with her.” At the core, we are one identity group: Americans. There are vitally useful differences between and amongst the different ethnicities and the genders. Different geographies can add some powerfully useful differences as well. We must get it that these differences need to be used to our overall advantage, not to tear us apart. Let’s use these differences to shore up each others’ weaknesses, not to identify and glorify those differences to justifymaking war on each other. By using these differences to shore up each others’ weakness, 1 + 1 + 1 (please slide over to the blog to see the drawing) can easily equal 15. Our main identity group is American. Trust starts with seeing ourselves as one group, with one set of common goals. If we use these wonderful, God-given differences to pit ourselves against each other, we will be lucky if the sum is 3; more likely 1 or 2.

But even the smallest, most trusting and homogeneous nations are not families and should not operate that way. The family model, Family Communism, assumes a paternalistic framework; it assumes a framework wherein certain members are the parents, responsible for those members who are the children. Wouldn’t that mean that the 1% would be the parents, and the 46% who pay not income taxes would be the children? No way; this is just a bad model.

If the family model cannot work, what will? Trust is the key. In any society that redistributes income, and all societies tax and redistribute, trust is vital. In order for any type of redistribution to work. Where is that trust needed:

  1. The people being taxed need to trust their money is being spent efficiently and in needed areas.
  2. The people receiving the money need to believe that if they do their best over time, and still fall short, their needs will be met.
  3. Both the people being taxed and those receiving need to trust that the government doing the redistributing is both efficient and fair.

Today’s key point. Trust is the key to making any type of redistributive society work. And the more redistribution that is in place or contemplated, the more trust is necessary. Identity politics and politicians attack trust and demand heavy redistribution. This combination can lead nowhere but to disaster. Even correctly minimally redistributive societies require mutual trust to function well.

Let’s apply the two Results With Reason main tenets to today’s issues. The two main tenets that we believe in at Results With Reason are:

  1. Personal Responsibility; practice it, teach it and
  2. Be Your Brother’s Keeper.

Today’s application is straightforward:

  1. Personal Responsibility. Engage in the political conversation. Tell people what works and what doesn’t–and why. Show love and trust as you do.
  2. Be your Brother’s Keeper. Be patient with each other; some will understand what you saying immediately, others will not. Teach and encourage; don’t criticize and reject. Love and lead. Remember, we are all in this together.

Now it is time for our usual parting thought. For us at Results With Reason, it is not only change your thinking, change your life. It is change your thinking, change your actions, change the world. And if you can do it in love and enjoy the people around you at the same time, all the better. And if we, you and I, don’t do something, then the others who are doing something, will continue to run the show.

Remember: Knowledge by itself is the booby prize.

Will Luden, writing to you from my home office at 7,200’ in Colorado Springs.

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