American Poor as the Waste Product of American Greatness

In 2008, the CEOs of major US firms were paid more than 300 times the wage of the average American worker. This level would astonish the bosses of top corporations in the late 1960s. Those CEOs got about 30 times the average wage of US workers… CEO pay has soared so high in part…because of the decline of trade union power… David. R. Francis, “What Happened to All that Anger over CEO Pay?”, The Christian Science Monitor, July 12, 2010, p. 23

IMF (International Monetary Fond) calls for cutting Social Security benefits. The average Social Security benefit is just under $I, 200 a month. No one can collect benefits until they reach the age of 62. By contrast, many IMF economists first qualify for benefits in their early 50s. They can begin drawing pensions at age 51 or 52 of more than $100, 000 a year.
Dean Baker, “The IMF is coming for your Social Security”, July 14, 2010, Z Net,
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How the political/financial elite In SRussia (Soviet Russia) saw the SRussian population is amazingly similar to how today the corporate ideologues in US see the Americans. In both cases the elite sees the folks through the dichotomy between proper people – the valuable minority, and the improper – lost, superfluous, “stupid” people: worthless majority. While in SRussia “the lost ones” had to sacrifice their material dreams and their lives for the sake of the Great Communist Utopia, the American “extras” of global economic process are expected to redeem their lack of value by sacrificing their jobs (for the sake of corporate profits as a result of hiring foreign labor), their houses and medical care (for the sake of banks and insurance companies’ profits), their health (for the sake of fossil fuel corporations) and, finally, their lives on the battlefields of corporate wars (Iraq, Afghanistan). These sacrifices for the sake of the valuable minority (in SRussia the decision-makers who believed in Communism and in US the decision-makers who believe in global economy) are taken equally matter-of-factly, as something axiomatic and absolutely natural.

In SRussia the leaders and functionaries of the State (valuable minority) were not rich by the Western standards, but they were believers whose belief (in Communism) was considered so exemplary that it provided them the highest place in the social hierarchy and the power to command and to control the rest of the people. So, in SRussia belief was the basic verification of a person’s value (that provided access to socio-political power), exactly like in US today personal wealth and ideology of privatization and globalism is.

The official political belief in SRussia was, somehow, the equivalent of what personal wealth (and the ideology that promotes it) is in US of the twenty-first century! Isn’t it how we in the Christian civilization came from “official” belief in Christ to the Protestant concept of man’s wealth as a result God’s kind disposition toward him? Personal belief (if it corresponds to the dominant belief adopted by the whole country) is an idealistic version of personal wealth, while wealth is material (materialistic) version of the dominant religious/political belief. Belief is just the archetypal nucleus of wealth. In SRussia belief was a prerequisite of having power, as in US the wealth is the basis of having power. Here we come closer to the understanding of the common essence of ideological belief and private wealth. It is their similar ability to provide power over the rest of the population – the ideological belief in the official political wisdom (SRussia) and private profit-making (US) both trigger power. Both are routs to the top of social hierarchy. Sharing the state ideology gives the right to command, while being wealthy gives power to officially bribe (lobby) politicians. Belief (in ideological fetish) as a tool for gaining power over your community was always at the disposal of human beings (since the beginning of human history). But wealth (as a leverage for getting social power) needed historical time and a certain technological level of development for its accumulation.

The advantage of having personal wealth over passionate belief in dominant ideology (as a tool for getting social power) is in its seeming political neutrality. The private status of money blurs its tremendous public influence. Masses believe that private wealth is not a political factor (has nothing to do with politics). They trust money more than the official ideology (and they trust profit-makers more than government officials). The poor’s desire to have social power is sublimated into the desire to be rich. And they think that this innocent desire is identical with rich’s desire to become richer than they already are. The poor perceive being rich as consuming like rich while for the rich first and foremost it is to have power over the decision-making in the name of whole country. The poor have a sentimental and childish idea of what it means to be rich. And this misunderstanding helps the rich to advance in their control over the country and its future.

The era of direct socio-political power (through ideological belief) is in the past. The era of socio-political power through personal wealth is the future. But this power is not less despotic. It is even more efficient. Obvious despotism of ideological totalitarianism is surpassed by the masked despotism of power through wealth. But, as we saw during Bushmerican eight years, traditional totalitarianism is always near by – to mobilize the poor for doing the purges and wars (as police, militias, mercenaries and soldiers).