Can someone explain why are you people against hierarchies? A worker here, you know, legitimate construction worker with an ass crack full of cement, working 9 hours a day with shovels and sledgehammers, pouring concrete 6 days a week, and all that for an absolutely miserable pay because I am from eastern Europe and have no contract or anything, I just show up, work like madman because you cant trick concrete into being less heavy than it is, and get paid in cash from bosses hand to mine, and then I go home. Im 24 years old so its ok I guess, tho it feels like I'll be deformed/dead by 60 this way…
Anyway, my crew worked in the city recently, and after the shift we went to a bar, all stinking like fresh concrete and dusty because we were pouring mixers that whole day, and we are all young, college years, and this group of students approaches us and buys us all drinks, because we are all workers, real, honest, hard workers. And it turns out they were recruiting for the local communist party, and needed all real workers to join up, so they could negotiate for better laws, better pensions, better regulations, days off, pay, that sort of thing. And I was like "ok but what is communism?" and they were like "bosses are exploiting you, you are doing all the work and they do none, yet you get a fraction of the money and they get almost all, and communism is an idea for the workers to unite and expel or overcome the bosses, get rid of them, free themselves, work for themselves", "and then what?" I asked, "after all the bosses/owners are either in jail or working like everyone else, what happens then?" and they tell me that ultimately new society is going to happen, society where there is no money, no class, no hierarchies, where no one will even need to work, and all the work anyone does will be voluntary and only for luxuries, needs being met as a default.
And what I want to ask here is, why abolish hierarchies tho? How are hierarchies not important, and beneficial to everyone?
We all grow up in a hierarchy called family, and we are all better for it, if children of the world united and overthrew parents, there would be a lot less of both children and parents.
Second one is schools, if all students united to get rid of the teachers, we would all be illiterate I guess.
Finally, the workplace. Yes, its true, my boss sits on his ass in a warm office all day, while my crew does all the lifting. And yes, the boss gets most of the money after the construction is built, while we get a fraction. But my boss is an architect, if he didnt tell me where to dig and pour concrete, there would be no grand building, there would be no foundations, I wouldnt have figure it out on my own, ever.
Once I worked shortly in a coal mine, and yes, the crew I was on dug out ALL the coal, but if the boss didnt tell us WHERE to dig, we wouldnt find any, yes we built all the supports, but if the boss didnt tell us where to support, we would either all die because of lack of supports, or just build supports all fucking day, and dig out nothing.
So I dont get it. Labor, when decapitated and undirected, would lead nowhere. Without my bosses, I doubt my quality of life would increase. This is why capitalism produces more stuff than any other system: it considers more than just raw labor. Like nature itself, it makes variations, and successful businesses reproduce, while less successful die in competition. Instead of a single plan (planned economy), it makes near infinite plans (private investmnet funds) and tests them all out, and the good plans grow/profit, while bad plans go bankrupt. Capitalism, like science or nature, it constantly tests itself, it constantly creates new things, and pit them against the old things, and measures which one wins.
So I dont know, I feel like if communist revolutionaries took the government, it would be good for the workers at start, spending the wealth bosses amassed, but would then do the same thing over and over in a planned order, and no one would be allowed to innovate, or invest in a different plan, or start a private business, and efficiency/productivity would stagnate, and start shrinking because things change, even climate changes, and this one planner might not account for that, and no one would be allowed to challenge the planned economy, and the wealth would shrink, and I would be called to pour concrete to build a wall to keep the miserable people in, instead of pouring concrete to keep the miserable people out, and the bosses, who all compete among each other, all compete to offer me a bigger paycheck.