- Mar 2013
Sorry, realized the distinction was not clear- in a communist system everyone that does the same job is paid the same as you noted obviously there exists a specialization of skills but where the theory broke down is that some doctors worked harder/better/less/worse than others but received the same pay if doing the same job (in theory, rarely worked that way exactly).Even the most Communist of countries used money. I don't think anyone has been paid in credits or goods in very long time. Money is just too convient.
Even the most Communist of countries recognized that highly trained professionals had to enjoy a better life than factory or agricultural workers. No one would bother going to school for all of those years if there wasn't some kind of tangible reward.
Sure every communist attempt has used money but the concept is a bit different where it is a unit of account, a store of value, and somewhat of a medium of exchange though ration cards for many goods were required in lieu of money. In the future with blockchain or other technology money as a medium of exchange will be subject to political control and thus become something other than money for many who want to acquire goods deemed politically undesirable.