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    What does this "need" mean? The performer's need or receivers'(customers, patients, the public) need?

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    ex)Although I do not think it is because of the pay that people choose to become doctors rather than receptionists, there is one qualification to be made to the suggestion that payment should be based on need rather than ability. The prospect of earning more money sometimes leads people to make greater efforts to use the abilities they have, and these greater efforts can benefit patients, customers, students or the public as a whole. It might be therefore be worth trying to reward effort, which would mean paying people more if they worked near the upper limits of their abilities, whatever those abilities might be. This, however, is quite different from paying people for the level of ability they happen to have, which is something they cannot themselves control.
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    Default Re: need rather than ability

    It's the communist/socialist pipe dream: that all people work as hard as they humanly can at all times but only get paid according to what they "need" to live.

    The receptionist with 5 kids gets paid more than the doctor who is single because he doesn't "need" as much to live.

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    Default Re: need rather than ability

    But the later part talks about focusing on effort more than ability in rewarding, so this doesn't seem to be related to communism. Maybe I understand wrong. Doesn't this "need" imply people's need to get service from the performer or a performer's "need" to make an effort?

    ...the suggestion that payment should be based on need rather than ability....
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    Default Re: need rather than ability

    "The suggestion that payment should be based on need rather than ability" is the communist bit.

    The "need" here is as I have described above -- what someone "needs" to live (the housing, food, medicine, etc. that is deemed "necessary" by the controlling authorities).

    Then it goes on to give one "qualification." That people should be rewarded who use their talents and work hard. In other words, that people need economic incentives in order to apply themselves and work hard. Which is more than a "qualification" - it completely undermines the communist "suggestion."



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