Is there a reason why a well organized and thought out direct democracy wouldn't work? It worked for the roman republic, and it had a relatively large population. (granted, rome wasn't what you'd call a prototypical democracy, but it still was). Also women and foreigners didn't have a right to vote cause they weren't citizens. Would you allow an 8 year old to vote? Cause if not, that's "not everyone". They used the same logic, just differently applied. @Sparrow: So did the Russians, and they were communist. Leaky argument there. What made US a superpower was the protestant ethic of hard work and saving money. This also lead to the accumulation of capital and the subsequent ideal of free market. Free market (or better to say, the manipulation and misuse of the "free market") with non-intervention of the government (except for the bailouts eh heh heh) is what's behind the recession of today. And remember sparry, just because communism failed as a system before capitalism, doesn't mean capitalism won't fail. It has nothing to be replaced with at the moment, but that's the least of all problems. AS for the topic itself, communism *can* work, it just has a great potential to be misused by those in power. Perhaps a mix of communism and direct democracy on a local level might do the trick. For the short time it was in effect in yugoslavia, it worked well and was very fast compared to normal bureocratic ways.