12 May 2009
6th letter – to the readers with liberal sensibility!
One of the tasks of my new book Ideological Superstitions and Political Misperceptions in the 20th-21st Centuries is to analyze the psychological roots of American liberals’ inability, during the 8 years of Bushmericanization of our country, to oppose the showy demarches and caricature gestures of an emotionally immature and an intellectually deprived president whose behavior was psychotically inconsistent with facts and truths. Why instead of acting according to their true feelings and thoughts they thought in terms of surviving through “hard times”? Why instead of demonstrating to American people and the whole world that Bushmerican worldview is the very opposite of American democratic tradition, they were compulsively consulting their check books and were following their dependence on psychological comfort granted to those who avoid fighting for their ideals? Even after Obama’s electoral victory the political timidity, really, teamidity (timidity of the team) of democrats is hope breaking and optimism shattering.
The book explains how childhood experiences of people with conservative and liberal backgrounds influence their, so drastically different, behaviors as adults.
While I found that the conservatively oriented Americans are psychologically similar to Soviet believers in communism, numerous liberal Americans are comparable only with a thin layer of middle class in Soviet Russia.
A special attention in the book is paid to the fact that the liberally sensitive people in U.S. more and more depend on a growing conservative corporate establishment (military and in proximity to military, pharmaceutical, entertainment and insurance industries) for getting employment. As technical scientists, engineers and professionals in general they are doomed to help the powers whose very interests are based in the desire for political and financial control, a situation that contradicts the most democratic aspects of liberal sensibility.
The very destiny of the American democracy can be decided not so much by political means but by the fact that liberals by heart cannot control the application of the results of their professional work. They are doomed just to follow what the corporate leadership puts into their job description. How their education, creativity and professional competence will be used, for societal or exclusively for corporate benefit, is up to the CEOs and the corporate stock holders, who control the very direction of technological research and technological change and how it will affect the society and the people’s life.
The liberal psyche in U.S., historically speaking, is the impression of the very relief of conservative psychology, like concave is to a convex. The book is dedicated to reaching a better understanding of the dynamics of the American and its “obscene” version – Bushmerican, mentality.
The book’s semantic horizon is defined by a combination of psychoanalytic, psychiatric and socio-psychological approaches.