Hating Other People Instead of Trying to Overcome Our Own Shortcomings As a Paradigmatic Case of “Magic” Externalization of Problems

People with democratic or, conversely, conservative sensibilities feel repressed by different socio-cultural phenomena. Democrats by sensibility (not necessarily by political affiliation) feel oppressed by ideological power and authoritarian dogmas from the past. But those with conservative sensibility feel frustrated by the intellectual argumentation, by the necessity to prove logically their assertions and by new human freedoms achieved by the recent development of democratic societies. Democratic sensibility is oriented on diversity and versatility, conservative on similarity and identity. Democratic sensibility welcomes the uniqueness of human beings; the conservative is judgmental and self-centered.

Democratically sensible people (DSP) are opposed to pre-democratic values while conservatively sensible (CSP) exactly to democratic values. DSP are for free elections, for help to the elderly and needy, for qualitative education for everyone, for affordable medical insurance, for public control over governmental and corporate decisions. CSP are for money in elections, for lobbying politicians, for freedom from any public control over the quality of products for sale, for using public money for private profits, and are against women’s rights, gay liberation and feminism – against the very direction of the last two American centuries. This difference is not just a difference of political opinions. It is about the two drastically different types of psychological structure (PS). With each generation PS which determines political orientation renews itself according to conditions of child-rearing and cultural tendencies influencing children during their formative years.

The archaic – conservative psychological structure is not just the “leftover” from our historical past. It’s a result of certain psychological conditions which from childhood influence development of human soul and mind. DSP come from a psychological environment which is very different from the one CSP come from. What is this difference? The atmosphere and conditions of DSP’s childhood and adolescence make them psychologically and ontologically much more secure while CSP are much more insecure.

What are decisive factors influencing psychological and ontological security or insecurity? The first is the degree of security/insecurity of our parents’ feeling about the world. The stability of material conditions, it seems, is more important than the level of income (except in cases of extreme poverty): if people feel that tomorrow they will have what they have today this contributes to their psychological security. And if the very wealthy are not sure what can happen to their profits tomorrow they can be even more psychologically insecure than many poor people.

Sometimes even more important than material stability/instability is the question of stability of values and behavioral norms. In a dynamic society any change in values and norms creates instability (insecurity) and stimulates people’s worries. Progressive (pro-democratic) changes create worries and fears among those who are benefiting from freezing of norms/values in society (for example, secular humanistic education creates extreme insecurity among those who are fused with religious and political dogmas providing them with feeling of being part of a supreme wisdom). This is the basic reason for today’s “conservative revolution” and tea-party movement (financed by a tiny but money-swollen minority of American population who are in panic of losing their profits). What dogma is for the poorer conservatives – money is for the conservative rich. The both believe in the absolute value of their eternal fetishes: dogmas accumulated in religious and political beliefs, or the power of money. That’s why American neo-conservative rich, the poor fundamentalist religious believers and the Russian fanatic believers in Communism belong to the same psychological type – all of them are CSP.

If you are attracted to something what you consider having absolute value – a belief or money or direct social or military power, you instinctively create a symbiotic ties with it as with a fetish/idol which elevates your ontological status and puts you in a position of the necessity to defend your precious possession against otherness incarnated into numerous enemies lurking around and trying to destroy it.

That’s what people with conservative sensibility (CSP) have internalized from their childhood environment – either worries about absoluteness/relativity of their beliefs (mainly, the poor) or worries about their wealth (the rich and those who are hooked on super-profits as a kind of religious belief). Of course, to this must be added other mental disbalance-producing factors like the individual’s quality of maternal and paternal identifications, his/her level of humanistic (liberal arts) education and the density of authoritarian atmosphere in the family be it produced by personal authoritarian posture of mother and/or father or condensed into the intensity of parental expectation of their offspring’s achievements and social success.

Generally, to be from either a very poor or very rich family looks like an equally destabilizing factor in comparison with coming from a more moderate background where social success is based on a professional and humanistic education. Middle class sensibility is more congruent with democratic orientation – it’s free from an unnaturally intensified yearning for ontological value (condensed in beliefs, money and power), which produces proclivity for megalomania and scapegoating and orientation on compulsive competition and obsession with war-making/military conquests.