Anonymous said: hey sorry if this question has been asked before but, how do you respond when people say "communist can't exist because human nature/people are greedy"?
People are products of their social environment. People have to be exercise unbridled self-interest and greed in capitalist society because a capitalist economy is built on self-interest. You have no choice; you are in constant competition. Rival enterprises are forced into competition with each other, and if one enterprise wants to see itself succeed, it must necessarily see the other fail. Workers are forced into competition with each other as well. Being that we are compelled to depend on capitalists for wages, we compete with each other to offer them our labor at the lowest possible wage.
Considering this, when you view human beings ahistorically, you will inevitably come to the conclusion that people are always self-interested and innately greedy. That’s misleading, though: we have to consider people’s actions as being consequences of social forces, not as manifestations of an eternal nature.
Communism is about combining social interest with self-interest. If you want a better standard of living, you must at the same time produce a better living standard for the rest of society as well. Communism takes individuals out of competition with each other. Rather than competing against each other, communism combines all the collective powers and talents of individuals for social betterment.