Reading the original
I'm tired of the constant and intentional lies about the Soviet system. The biggest lie is the misquoting of From Each. A classic Shared Lie. The R side says it's bad, the D side wants to implement it.
The first 1917 Soviet constitution said only: If you don't work, you won't eat.
The 1977 Soviet constitution states:
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his WORK.
WORK, not NEEDS.
The Soviet system was always about REQUIRING and ENABLING everyone to use their unique talents and abilities. Everyone can be useful
and everyone must be useful.
But I didn't know if Marx had said the 'needs' crap or not. So just for fun I read the original Communist Manifesto. The saying doesn't appear at all. The closest approximation seems to be this:
8. Equal liability of all to labour. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture.
Stalin tried industrial armies for agriculture and quickly abandoned it. Later Mao tried it for a longer period, and caused far more harm than good.
The Soviet system was an experiment, first trying out the original theory, then using negative feedback to modify it.
Marx also wanted to abolish families. Lenin tried it briefly and abandoned it. Mao tried it in 1968 and abandoned it. Western Deepstate has been trying it since 1946, and hasn't yet abandoned it.
'Equal liability for labor' is a good idea, still active in Belarus and a couple other Soviet remnants. Industrial armies and abolishing the family are bad ideas, which were abandoned by the Soviets.
In short, Marx was a mix of good and bad ideas. Equal liability for labor is one of the good ideas.
Labels: Natural law = Soviet law, Shared Lie