07 Apr 2017
Posted by Victor-Katia as Discussion and Mind-Probing, Sociological essays, The Ultimate Question Is Not Economic Efficiency, Profit-making Strategies
Economists are prone to represent even the question of helping those who need help as an economic issue, not as matter of the ethic of social behavior. When compulsive wealth-worshippers look around they see not the world and another people, but their not-yet-materialized profits: mountains, valleys and rivers of perfumed profits as their future.
For profit-centered people the situation that when you’re borrowing from those who are much poorer than you (regular taxpayers) it is completely different thing than when you borrow from those who are richer, is outside of their attention. It is a curious paradox of today’s “rich” societies that indirect but actual borrowing from the poor (through the mediation of federal tax system) is not considered borrowing. The fed-power covers-up the misery of the wealthy debtors by the solemnity of the government ritual. Democratic government transforms the fact of borrowing from the poor into its own gift to the rich. This tricky operation completely eliminates the possible ethical connotation of what became the fact of limitless borrowing by the rich (through government) from the poor (regular taxpayers).
Why profit-makers never contemplate about the ethical side of their financial relations with the poor? Why do they automatically accept that the best thing the poor can do is to give part of their hard-earned money to the profit-makers? And the fact that the government didn’t ask the taxpayers’ permission to give their money to the profit-makers cannot excuse the matter-of-fatness with which the wealthy don’t feel that it would be just ethical to, at least, partially return the money which made them rich, through investing it in regular people’s life instead of pushing for austerity for the majority. Why those who pay taxes (the part of which will go to the pockets of wealthy profit-makers) should be object of austerity measures – reductions in food supply and public services?
Regular people don’t demand from the government not to use their tax money for “helping” the rich. Aren’t profit-makers of today the psychological heirs of monarchs who fought for the crown with the same crazed passion like profit-worshippers of 21st century for their profits? Of course, those with the “right” beliefs, religious or secular, are consumed by a similar megalomania. The very fact that a person can believe that his religious belief or secular political or ideological construct is more truthful than the beliefs of others, confirms their psychological similarity with our profit-makers – a specific arrogance of superiority over others which then can lead to their repression if they didn’t recognize me/us as the natural leaders. It is here we discover the messianic pretention and “metaphysical” right for leading the world of Soviet Communist ideology, “superiority” of Arian race and American “exceptionalism” and “greatness”. It is somewhere here we can locate the psychology of the one-percenters and their yearning for an unlimited profit-making.
Belief in god very often, unfortunately, is the function of a desperate need to be saved by god – so, belief then can be the honest payment and sincere gratitude for being saved. This crude exchange of favors is, it seems, the very mechanism of pop-religious believing. But to believe in the unlimited/ultimate profit-making is equally necessary to have a need for salvation through unlimited wealth. For worshippers of profit to be wealth-successful is the path to salvation from a dangerous world. It is not so much that belief in god is a “spiritual ideology” in comparison with secular ideologies, but that wealth-ideology transforms money into a kind of “spiritual” substance – symbolic supreme value which, as if, transcends the secular frame of reference. “Secular” ideologies (“Communism”, “Arian superiority”, “American exceptionalism”) historically are a sociological mediation between god-ideology and money-ideology as the images of human salvation. Money as the supreme value is a kind of image-tool – a combination of archetypal image (god, according to Jung) and sublime (idolized) technological tool of salvation through financial self-aggrandizement.
The reason profit-makers are looking for money-power instead of direct power is the perfected technical thinking as a result of technical-scientific prowess of modern civilization – the path to wealth becomes cognitively easier because of the appearance of soft-wares helping to smoothly violate laws restricting illegal ways of money- appropriation. Sophisticated soft-wares provide strategies as how to violate these laws not in the letter. This smart differentiation between violations of laws in letter – laws as such, and violation as ethically ambiguous operations is really a revolutionary innovation of modern financial thinking. This revolution opens unimaginable horizons in human thinking concerning ethics and legal obstacles to “untied” financial success. What yesterday was considered as a combination of illegal and immoral behavior today became legal and, maybe-ethically ambiguous-and-maybe-not at all.
People give their tax-money to the money-makers through democratic government, but m-makers now don’t want to share even a tiny part of their profit-money they made on people’s taxes.
Obsessively prone to compulsive profit-making individuals feel themselves less vulnerable vis-à-vis the people and the world. If you believe that you are under god’s protection or at least “associated” with god you feel yourself bigger and stronger, with a euphorically heightened arrogance as a result. The need to aggrandize yourself (and, therefore, feel more confident) is a result of infantile fixation on a childish image of power as an unlimited magic. Idolatrous profit-makers’ concept of power didn’t grow together with them growing up. It remained underdeveloped, on a pre-rational level. They use adult – rational professional knowledge to serve their pre-rational – infantile desire to be super-strong/super-smart/super-rich. Children with a technically advanced scientific thinking is more and more widespread type of an adult human being even in today’s so called democratic societies – that is itself a factor inviting apocalyptic consequences. Compulsive profit-makers come, mainly, from traditional conservative families, many of which used with children corporeal punishment, where fathers often not only took despotically authoritarian posture but were prone to play with children gods, while mothers – a-symbiotic unreachability (Barbara Bush is almost a text-book example of such mother).