I’d agree that we haven’t actually seen Communism executed correctly. I was more focused on socialism, which also has not been executed correctly but we do have ready examples. All of the examples of socialism we have seen have failed because the states that adopted socialism (or attempted skipping straight to communism) were not ready to do so. In order for socialism to take root and eventually lead to a communist system, the capitalist system has to develop, create massive gaps between wealthy and poor, begin to collapse, and then once the collapse begins to take shape the state begins seizing control of the means of production. My initial post was a little tongue-in-cheek but my point was that capitalism has reached the pinnacle. Development is slowing but the gaps between the wealthy and poor are increasing. More production is expected for less pay but those at the top are making massive profits. This is exactly what Marx predicted would happen. Like him or not, he was a brilliant economist and if things went this direction, would the future be so bad? I understand your point about free association…but why would free association be precluded in communism? You wouldn’t need to associate to make a buck and instead could do so for the purpose of community building. Seems like a good deal.
Oh - and before I get hammered on this one - please divorce Soviet style Communism/Socialism from the equation as I have already agreed that it was not executed correctly.