13 May 2009
Posted by victor as Psychology of Political, Military and Economic Blunders, Sociological essays
9th letter to the readers
The new book Ideological Superstitions and Political Misperceptions in the 20th-21st Centuries by Victor Enyutin
focuses on the ability of the mature ego to psychologically anchor moral and ethical imperatives, and argues that it is people’s psychological underdevelopment what commits crimes and makes them violate the norms of civilized behavior. The predilection for the deviation from moral values and social responsibility is a question of a deficit in psychological wholeness.
The proclivity for transgressing norms and values grows alongside the inability to overcome psychological fragmentation – the tendency to follow impulses and compulsions. Psychological fragment tends to enter dyadic or symbiotic relationships with fragments of reality and to ignore relationships’ larger context. The retardation of the precious human ability to grow out of the symbiosis between our desire and its object (be it another human being or our own feeling or idea) starts as early as infancy and continues through out formative years into adulthood. The childhood of the trespasser of ethical norms is still a murky area for scientific knowledge but this book will attempt to give an account of psychological development in relation to the category of political and economic crimes. The drastic missteps and miscalculations of decision-makers are the psychological relatives of high crimes and misdemeanors – where we observe the first we can expect the second. We’ll analyze the common psychology of political, military and economic blunders by analyzing the psychology of the members of the Bush administration who for eight years provided countless cases of violating professional logic.
Political and financial behavioral recklessness reflects this common defect in psychological condition. In this sense Bernie Madoff is Donald Rumsfeld, and the creators of US financial meltdown of the October 2008 are Dick Cheneys.
By using concepts from psychoanalysis and psychiatry we will analyze the psychological deficits of our political leaders and economic decision-makers as a result of their proclivity for totalitarian psychological reactions as opposed to a psychologically more mature democratic sensibility. We will also elaborate in detail the features of totalitarian psychology vs. democratic psychological orientation and their corresponding cultural tendencies.
The crown of megalomania – the belief in life after death, literally or symbolically felt, is also analyzed thoroughly. The similarities between Soviet type totalitarianism and Bushmerican neo-liberalism will be depicted and explained.