From each according to his ability

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From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.

That can be interpreted very capitalistically. You don’t see Beckham playing basketball. If his ability is playing soccer, of course, that’s what he gives to the market. To each according to his needs is also capitalistic.

You don’t see me buying lipstick. I don’t need it.

So what’s the catch?

The market decides what’s a person is best for. Why is Beckham playing soccer? The market pays him best to play soccer. If he plays basketball, he gets less.

What’s wrong with this idea is not the idea itself. From each according to ability is good. To each getting paid the same regardless of ability and actual productivity is bad. To each according to need is also common sense. To each being given the same thing even though they pay the same or even less is not.

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