Normally I wouldn’t throw a tangent like this out here, but this thread is already a trainwreck so why not.
I completely agree that all attempts at communism to date have not produced good long term outcomes, though sometimes short-term outcomes have been promising. But eventually the horrible vulnerability of such a centrally planned system to any sort of corruption in the controlling bureaucracy catches up with it, and it fails to produce good outcomes.
What’s more fun to ponder is, could this problem be fixed in the future? Could a hypothetical completely selfless and impartial Artifical Intelligence or group of AIs actually run an efficient communist state that would produce better outcomes in terms of wealth and happiness for its citizen than a free market capitalist system. I’m inclined to think yes, but it just shifts the corruption problem to the AIs and it would be of vital importance that they are beyond tampering and truly selfless.