People who are “literally” communists are basically saying they could have done communism better than all the ways that have already been tried.
Ignoring the fact that all the ways tried so far have all been communism or socialism, it leads me to think that this highlights an important part of why government does or doesn’t work.
For a while we believe that if only the right people come to power that everything will be ok.
“Once our guys are in, things will get better”
But then, it became clear to me at least, that there are a number of problems that aren’t always obvious.
I suppose the obvious one is the maxim that power corrupts.
Another is that the only people who become political leaders are those who want power, which are the people you least want to have it.
But each of them think that they will do it better, only to discover that the same big-state issues will always exist.
One thing it curiously made me think about recently was our monarchy in the UK.
Now lots of people on the right and left in politics think that in a democratic society, it is clear that we should abolish the monarchy.
But this is where our constitutional monarchic system has its genius. It’s responsibility without power. It’s power that you aren’t allowed to use. That you must not use.
It’s an argument I heard once that totally converted me to a monarchist. That and the three word argument that I have heard a few times against a democratically elected head of state: President Tony Blair.
If only our government had the same mantra. That it was their responsibility to hold on to power but not to wield it, in favour of it being wielded directly by the people.
That they were custodians of power, there to stop others from taking advantage of that power.
It’s very unlikely to happen, but we need to recognise where the British system of government has got things right, and a head of state there to make sure nobody becomes head of state is pure genius.