The History of Our Making

Montana man arrested for water-boarding his sons and making school threat.

From the news, 12, 23, 2012

If to condense the entire development of Western civilization into one single line, it will be – from prehistoric magical manipulation to technological manipulation
Slavoj Zizek, “The Puppet and the dwarf”, MIT, 2003, p. 147

One in five American adults aged 18 or older, or 45.6 million people, had mental illness (as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) in the past year, according to a November 2012 report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration… According to the American Psychological Association, the use of psychotropic drugs by adult Americans increased 22 percent from 2001 to 2010, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychotropic medication. In 2010, Americans spent more than $16 billion on antipsychotics, $11 billion on antidepressants and $7 billion for drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)… From 1980 to 2008, the number of people incarcerated in America quadrupled from roughly 500,000 to 2.3 million people… As more and more Americans have seen their standard of living sink and their stress factors increase, they have taken to the all-purpose, all-American sedative – food…Obesity is a toxic result of a failing economic environment.
Dr. E. Douglas Kihn, “The Political Roots of American Obesity”, Truth-out, May 4, 2013

After decades of abuse, repression, moralization and exploitation the poor, the young and the uneducated (categories partially coinciding) – those at the bottom of the social pyramid, slowly start to growl. With years this growl becomes noisier, more persistent, more desperate and in rare cases even menacing. The rich decision-makers (RDMs) feel that they better attend the growing mutinous moods “before it‘s too late”. It is not easy, you know, to live when you are much richer than others – you start to see bared teeth and clenched jaws behind every corner.

RDMs know how to handle the poor like professional dog-trainers – first of all, they have to give them jobs – (the harder and cheaper the better), engrave commandments from above on the metal, and have police and church on every block. They also know how to handle the young including their own children – occupy them with rivaling, competing and fighting with their peers and provide them with “gift” of sexual permissiveness (and not be too curious). Of course, they are also masters of handling the uneducated – just suggest to them with smiling whisper that they are smarter than any educated person and that they don’t need to learn about life exactly because they are smarter by nature than any book-worm.

The accumulation of historical experience taught RDMs that the key to handle the poor/young/uneducated (PYUs) is to connect more obvious and easy pleasures with their factual humiliated condition. If the poor will have more pleasures they will agree to stay poorer than RDMs. If the young will have more fun they will agree to stay on pre-adult level of development even when they are forty and fifty. If the uneducated will be rewarded for staying uneducated, and flattered for being as such they will be grateful for liberating them from the boredom/burden of studying and reasoning.

As history was spending itself in time it simultaneously sharpened the skills of RDMs – the secular ideologies were added on to the religious ones. So, now American PYUs got the opportunity to feel themselves twice as greater than PYUs of the previous historical epochs and today’s countries which stuck in the past in their morals and development. Now, PYUs can not only think that they are better than others because their god is stronger and wiser. Now they feel themselves ahead of everybody else because of their political system is incomparably more advanced. With the development of technology RDMs got a chance to feed the PYUs with artificial, generic goods aversive to human psychological development and physical health. Ersatz-goods and ersatz economy allow the RDMs higher returns and at the same time make the PYUs even happier (the cheaper the goods the richer PYUs feel themselves). Of course, they also become unhealthy, overweight, obese, diabetic and are transformed into servants of technology, distracted from their own humanity and less and less able to solve their own problems.

We-the-best (universal) mentality became enriched with the pride of being the richest and the super-technologicaliest country in the world. New, perfected ruling strategies allow RDMs to be even more successful in lining up PYUs. For example, people are occupied with gay-liberation/gay-marriage/dope-legalization issues and tissues, instead of demanding participation in decision-making about the future of their country, about the direction of technological and technical-scientific research, about introduction of free humanistic education for every American in order to give people chance to understand better how today’s society really operates, etc. Fight for human rights is more and more reduced to private life matters, while RDMs handle (for their own benefit) what happens in public area. With these incredible achievements in rerouting human interests away from the ability to control how to address social problems, and in distracting people from developing taste for intellectual and existentially-spiritual growth – RDMs create for masses this surplus-pleasure, a psychological capital PYUs cash orgasmically and orgiastically through consumerism of tech-toys, glorious self-images and taming entertainment.

Today, RDMs can already afford to risk to press people to become even more “collaborating” – step by step they started to take jobs from people back (to give it to much more “modest” foreigners) and put the PYUs into food-bank lines and homeless shelters. And PYUs don’t know what to do – they thought they are so great, the greatest in the world. So, they fall into depression, despair, suicidal moods, psychiatric conditions and violent crimes. But if mass-mutinous moods will raise its head, RDMs are ready. They have prepared new wars to occupy the masses with chauvinistic bravado, jingoistic megalomania and opportunity to scapegoat otherness as the primordial enemy that needs to be eradicated. Through this PYUs will get back the feeling of greatness and pride that RDMs need them again. Just provoke people to resist in various spots of the planet, and PYUs of your own country will be occupied for years ahead.