Do not propagate such thoughts Mikeman!
Such thoughts, like what exactly? Like having men with power being accountable to the people is at least better, though imperfect, than having them being accountable to nobody at all?
You see examples of criminal behaviour by public state officials(who were not accountable to the people anyway, since we're talking about USSR here), and your thinking here is "okay, that doesn't work, let's hand over the decision-making to private corporations and their executives, whose only accountability is presenting nice quarterly year reports to the board and stockholders"? Really? I'd honestly like for you to explain this train of thinking, cause I sure as hell don't get it. Those who are advocating for "small government" are basically advocating that the decision-making for important issues should be moved from public entities that are *somehow*, to some extent at least, accountable to the people, to private entities that are accountable only to their internal processes. How does that make any sense exactly?
I don't know how many times can I re-iterate that I'm arguing about both socialism *and* a more open democratic system where people are even more active in participating in decision-making of any kind, as much as this is possible at any given circumstances. Personal property is guaranteed, private property is abolished, the means of productions are socially owned, and the decision-making on how to use said means of production is taken through democratic processes and with the explicit goal of making life better for everybody, and utilize technological advancements with the purpose to arrive to the post-scarcity society that is the topic of this thread. Central State will still exist for as long as it's necessary to exist, but it will be accountable to the people through said processes. Of course you can't expect me to describe this system to its fullest detail, but I sincerely think it's entirely possible.
Things are pretty simple. *Someone* has to make decisions on how to handle resources, like the dumping of toxic wastes you just described. The need to make those decisions isn't just going to go away. *Someone* is going to be vested with the power to make the decisions and implement them. In the case of USSR, or China, those decisions where made by Party officials(and corporations in case of China, which I repeat, has a market economy for the last 30 years) that worked in secrecy and weren't really accountable to the people. In capitalism, those decisions are made by private corporations that operate based on profit, and by an elected government that is very heavily influenced by said corporations, their funding and their lobbying(not to mention flat-out bribing). Why do you think *any* of those systems works, and what are exactly the "thoughts" I should not "propagate"? (And btw, I'll propagate my thoughts however and whenever I please, thanks )