12 Feb 2017
Russian “socialists’” with their icon-on-banner dream of a “communist” future for humankind is the first example of inspiring idealistic bubble in those who followed the solemn project of establishing the universal ideal society on the planet Earth. But how socialism, a concept with concrete operational definitions, can be an embryo of communism (a collective dream polished by the tears of human poverty and despair)? While “communism” was supposed to happen in socialist far-future, it is exactly this dream was an inspiration for the socialist fighters to sacrifice themselves when they were killing their enemies for the sake of their god – a shining communist future. It’s this communist knot of human idealistic imagination was the irrational power in charge of all the hardships on the way to achieve “a socialist way of life”. The mass people understood the communist idea generically – by the logic of pompous sloganeering teaching them the universal jingoistic patriotism, readiness to sacrifice their life for a future communist paradise and hate and contempt for other countries alien to their dream.
But even the socialist masses eventually become frustrated by the “slow growth of economy and consumption”, and the communist leadership itself finally decided to change the political system their grandfathers and fathers have built on blood and sweat of soviet believers in their revolution, because “socialism is not able to provide enough incentives for people to work hard and effectively enough to sustain the necessary material growth”. History itself shown that idealistic bubble of communist ideological belief didn’t work – were not productive enough in practical life and the real international situation, the socialist enterprise in Russia existed only a little longer than 70 years. Of course, another reason for dismantling the soviet socialism was that the communist leaders’ contacts with Ronald Reagan’s administration, which showed them that power based on money is a much more effective weapon for manipulating masses than power based on ideology. People can resist ideology but will surrender to Golden Calf. Soviet communists from the teachers of humanity are transformed into disciples of Capital’s miracles. To shift from USSR to Nazi Germany – is it possible to imagine that the German masses will follow their Fuhrer’s call to battlefields of the globe, if not their absolute belief that they’re genetically superior to all other people? Arian superiority is the goal deserving to kill and to die for. Could Nazi Germans become so indignant and righteous in their hate toward Jews if not their belief in their exceptionalism?
Even for the dreams of our American Founding Fathers it was not enough to push from our country colonizing us Brits and start to rule over our America by themselves. They had to create something like “the best political system on Earth” – the most humanistic and just among all political systems ever. Like Soviet socialism was organized around the future of a total and an unconditional happiness, US was centered on its future as a torch for other nations’ admiration and imitation. Today, in the 21st century, almost nothing is left from the orientation on a better future for all American citizens, the remnants of democracy are dirtied with neocons’ orientation on austerity for people, on destroying (through privatization) Social Security for the sake of maximization of profit for its future private owners, and Medicaid, on elimination of even food stamps program. On top of all these growing homelessness and joblessness, the recent trend of murders of unarmed civilians by police officers and steady preparation for new wars. It looks like that the idealistic bubbles of human socio-cultural dreams are not sustainable. It’s, as if, people want to look in front of themselves so humane that they exaggerate the sincerity and passion of their kindness and tolerance. But time passes, and humanism more and more used as justification of people‘s cruelty and indifference to others.
It looks like that the bubbles of idealism is the feature of countries’ ideology when they try to establish themselves – revolution in Russia in 1917 with its orthodox Marxism, the Third Reich growing from and against Weimar Germany, American revolution for independence. In these moments future countries (USSR, Third Reich, USA) try, as if, to justify extra-violence they needed to successfully establish themselves. Idealistic bubbles penetrating the new ideologies become the main source of recruiting people’s passions and mobilizing their readiness to kill and to die for the great future to come. But when life in a new countries becomes more or less normalized and social stratification leads to a stabilized social hierarchy – the very need for excesses of idealism goes down. Ideological and financial elites grow more confident in their social power. The greed, corruption and despotism of elites become more obvious and matter-of-factly.
It is amazing how psychologically similar can be countries looking so different! Of course, decision makers in charge are interested in emphasizing the absolute and always admirable particularity of their own country. Mass people are always easily buying it because it nurtures their narcissistic self-image (it’s very pleasant to think that your country and people like yourself are better than anybody else). The poor people, for example, are always ready to see themselves on the movie screen – embellished by the charisma of the movie-star to forget about their miserable social condition. People addicted to and corrupted by a falsified movie screen reality – more and more develop a false self-consciousness and the inability to understand themselves and others. Voting against their own interests and inability to grasp what’s really going on with their own country is only one of the results. Narcissistically aggrandized self-images of “our” unconditional greatness create jingoistic and conformist behavior.
Take, for example, pop-entertainment American movies – how entertaining directors and producers address the audience and how actors psychologically interact with viewers is scandalously and astonishingly similar in all three countries’ cultures “baptized” by the presence of idealistic bubbles in their past. Movies for mass consumption try to fascinate, to hypnotize audience, to glue viewers’ emotions to the actions and emotional reactions images and try to generate mass response based on suggested stereotypical ideas. Instead of encouraging unique interpretations mass-films cultivate (totalitarian) standardization of the population. In USSR and Nazi Germany the movie hero had to be the carrier of standard cognitive reactions and be the object of identification on part of the viewers. Even American commercial/entertaining movies follow the same principles of antagonism between the hero and the villain (or positive and negative characters) where the hero is a model for everybody inside our country while the villain or negative character shown as simpleminded and schematic personification of evil, as it is the case in American or Soviet and Nazi propaganda movies. The very semantic structure between propaganda movie and entertaining Hollywood movie is depressingly similar – it emphasizes the incompatibility between “us” – personified as generic patriots without humanistic education and “them” (only humanistic education orients on truth which is always non-identical with propagandists contrast between standard official, “our” truth and standard, evil lies of “non-us”). Commercial movies are immanently propagandistic – their task is to flatter the consumers and by this unzip their pockets as “free market” of uninterruptible hospitality. Moviemakers become richer-wealthier with easiness of animation cartoon.
Propaganda and mass entertainment reveal their common psychological nature – that’s how a totalitarian elite approaches the totalitarian masses, with global intention to conquer worldwide market by flattering mass consumers by confirming and encouraging their unconscious and psychologically identical self-aggrandizing archetypes inseparable from their hate for others with the same psychology (dressed with different ideological clothes). Totalitarian community of propaganda and/or entertainment consumers is based not on spiritual, psychological and characterological individualism, but on people’s ego-identification with similarity with one another and super-ego identification with leaders and celebrity-stars as their idealized personifications.