Notes On Idealistic Imagination, Socio-political Calculations And Frustrated And Regressive Imaginary “Solutions”

The Russian mind invented a quasi-religious belief in a Communist future, and a totalitarian reality. The German mind invented Aryan superiority and the Third Reich. The American mind invented democracy and obsession with profit.

Political idealism takes us away from the reality of life. We want to be better than we are. The idealized image of humanity (our own idealized self-images) pushes us ahead, and we forget ourselves, our real condition. We forget about our limitations. We become vehicles of our own wishful thinking. We become too full of our own goodness. So, we start to promote our socio-political dreams, as if, it is we ourselves. We start to impose them on others, on the whole world. We start to violate the world with our goodness, with its superiority, with our exceptionalism. We become a weapon in the hands of our super-goodness – we become the badness of our goodness, Evil of ourselves as Good. That’s how the Russian communist dream became inseparable from Soviet totalitarianism. Or, that’s how the German narcissistic self-image dream about Aryan genetic superiority has rooted itself in the bombastic idea of the Third Reich. But what about the American messianic democracy, the torch in the world, the star of the earth, which is for Americans what for Russians was communism? Human proclivity for idealized self-image, for aggrandizing ourselves through this imaginary self-idealization makes us more existentially confident, able to act in the world. Self-aggrandizement, megalomaniacal feeling is a kind of psychological weapon with which our social nature allows us to step into the world of otherness (which we take for adversity) with the belief in ourselves.

It is, as if, we need to think about ourselves as being better than we are in reality, in order to be able to be ourselves. In other words, if we want to be as bad as we are we have to think that we are much better. To have the right to be as bad as we really are we have to misperceive ourselves as being much better than we are. We have to misrecognize ourselves in our embellished self-image to behave as criminally as we want. In this sense, the American idea of itself as the democracy was necessary to cover up the American unconscious dream (metastasized in endless conscious calculations) of giving itself to profit-making by any price, which we ourselves, our enemies and our planetary house will pay for. This our need to see ourselves better than we are in order to be able to act in the world can be our homage to our god – the necessity to fool him/our super-ego so that we can be what we really are in our ego, in order to get his (our god/super-ego’s) permission to act.

Soviet totalitarianism is the existential structure under the pole with communist banner on it, like the Third Reich – a cruiser-womb for Aryan superiority, like American democracy – a flag of wage slavery and globalist aggressions with the mandate to save other countries and nations from being themselves. We, humans, cannot be straight with ourselves because of our polarized psychological nature. Our self-consciousness is depersonalized on sky/idealized dreams and the earth/reality of our practical environment. When we are crushing somebody’s skull we have to imagine that we have been sent to do this by god of our ideological, financial, military and moral superiority. In the 21st century we have already become so smart that we don’t need to imagine it – we simply imply it matter-of-factly – we put it to the logic of the official statements about our always best intentions possible to imagine. Our godliness is inside our righteousness and our determination and will – our very existence, our breath, sweat and blood, our adrenaline of endurance and our victorious American testosterone.

In semantic oppositions between our idealizing imaginary and our reality needs – communism and totalitarianism (Soviet Union), our superiority and our mighty country (Nazi Germany), and democracy and the need for profit (US) we see not only contradiction between “goal” and “means” to achieve it. In our Russian example, communism and totalitarianism have similar orientation on the commune and a common psychological accent on one identity for multiplicity of people – a common worldview, lifestyle and even tastes. The difference between the imaginary communist commune and real totalitarian one is the degree of commune’s sublimated – benign, and de-sublimated – violent character. Unification of a totalitarian commune by violent means is considered natural – practical and effective, while the communist commune is imagined as the idealized and aestheticized. It is thought as “voluntary” and happily accepted and enjoyed.

Similar situation is with “our” superiority and our strong country (in our German example). Reich is not only capable of imposing “our” superiority on other countries – if the natural metaphor for “our” superiority is “pure shining of our glory” over the world (like sun over earth), metaphor of a strong country “promoting” our superiority is its ability for effective violence – political, military and financial (this last type of violence – the ability to buy allies and loyalists, was still underdeveloped under the German Nazis and found its full realization in US globalist maneuverings of the 21st century).

Relations between the ability to develop democracy (means) and ability for making larger and larger profits (goal) in US is more complicated than that between imaginary and real in the previous (Russian and German) examples although still similar enough. Right wing financial entrepreneurs in US more and more identify democracy with their profits. In their minds the democracy is democracy for them – the unrestricted freedom to make unlimited profits on the taxpayers’ money (through reduction of their taxes, and loopholes in taxation), austerity for and pauperization of the populations. Here also relations between “goal” (money/profit) and “tools” (politico-economic structure making possible to achieve it) repeat that between communism and totalitarianism (Soviet Russia) or “our superiority” and our country realizing and proving it by military means (Nazi Germany). But the difference between Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany on the one hand, and democracy on the other is that the very concept of perfection (corresponding to a collective ideal in comparison with the factual reality) is not ideal organization of society (Russian communism) or about “our” unconditional superiority over others (German racial superiority) but – the money alchemically compressed into a special substance – profit (money infinitely multiplying itself and able, finally, provide its holder with equivalent of immortality). The unconscious of the wealthy worshippers of money builds a magical bridge between lack and plenty, plenty and plenitude, and plenitude and immortality and elevated this “construction” into an absolute point of ultimate achievement. The Russian idea of communist superiority, Nazi idea of racial superiority and American idea of money/weapon superiority invoke each other as a repercussion of one another as, basically, functionally identical mythological constructs.

If to joke about it, it’s possible to say that profit for American financial magnates is like communism for the Soviet leading communists and Nazi racial superiority for the Nazis. Like for communists communism is over-idealized future and for the Nazis – their over-idealized self-image, for today’s financial elite their profit occupies the imaginary point of absolute invulnerability from human condition. It is the sun over the planets, gold over stone and immortality over illness and death. The problem for the American financial elitists is something like how to be transformed into money, how to become money – more exactly – how to become their own profit (a substance capable to provide them with eternity in their pockets). With developing technology they probably will eventually achieve even that. And this will be the great progress in comparison with the previous (Soviet and German) attempts to play Baron Munchausen – to pull themselves out of the swamp of banal human condition by their own hair.

The more uncatchable the communism seemed, the more totalitarian totalitarianism becomes, like the more difficult it becomes to prove “our” superiority, the more desperate “our country” must try to prove it, and the more profit we need to achieve a closeness to real immortality (invulnerability to death) the more desperate we will try to transform life into profit and human balls into wealth. To try harder and harder means to perfect our strategies of reaching desired results. The German example is Holocaust – “the more difficult it became for Nazis to win the war the more they needed the Jews to realize their desperate will for destruction”. The Russian examples are Stalinist repressions of the late thirties and at the end of 20th century the transformation of traditional totalitarianism into a financial one (what usually called in the West the “collapse of communism”). European and American example is taking the course on austerity and pauperization of populations and new massive and messy wars, which will allow the profit-men to feel as rich as they want to be in comparison with the rest of the people. Pauperization of the masses of population is just another side of self-enrichment when minority of profit-worshippers’ yearning for profits irrationally, exaggeratedly turns into a fairy-tale/mythological type of obsession.