What is More Important – to Keep Democracy Alive
and Prosperous or to Get Rich Personally?

Those who have sold democracy to their pockets are, first of all, the majority of the rich minority sitting over their wealth like over excrement with the belief that it will alchemically transform into more and more profit. But in our times it includes many poor folks who being desperate because of massive pauperization (as a result of corporate take-out of American jobs to Third World countries), hope to survive on crumbs from the same rich masters who are pushing them into poverty (instead of trying to restore the democratic Laws and the moral decency in their own country).

The uneducated and pre-scientific majority often perceives democracy as something that tries to put limitations on their impulses, their narcissism and their childish megalomania while neo-conservatism as the way to freedom for their infantile anarchistic egos prone to act out its aggressive impulses. For these people the concept of “responsibility” is the equivalent of “repression” and “non-freedom” – a tricky way to attack their “liberties” and “rights” including hate for the educated liberals and love for listening to right-wing hate talk-shows.

There is no particular moment when self-enrichment became in US synonym of freedom. Fusion of democracy with money was always a tendency inside democracy. Rich like democracy to the extent that it allows them free access to taxpayers’ money and public resources to make unlimited profit and amass large fortunes. Poverty is incompatible with democracy, it stimulates anti-democratic behaviors – extreme deprivations create anti-democratic passions. So does extreme wealth. Money must know its place – of people’s servants. But the rich (through their prestige in the eyes of the poor) have managed to transfer their dream of making super-profits to the masses: the mass dream to become free from fear of starvation is transformed into the dream of the rich. The poor as if forgot that they are not rich. They unconsciously internalize and identify with the dream and the very imagination of the rich! Today in US many poor think according to the logic of the rich who are accusing democratic “government” in forcing them to share some part of their profits with the population. The poor internalize the hate of the rich for democratic government, because of their adolescent association of any visible power with repression (while they are not capable of connecting the “invisible” rich with repressive power).

Blurring of the distinction between democracy and self-enrichment is fatal to democracy and a winning point for crude greed and hot hate. If culture starts to understand life as appropriation of consumer goods and property and not as a sublimated individual self-realization through meaning, rituals of civility, negotiations and compromises between various interests – democracy is finished: it transforms into the rule of stronger over weaker.

Recently, with the financial collapses and disappearance of trillions into the scrotums of the rich we feel how weak democracy is in comparison with the mighty urge for making profits. Dreaming not only to survive but to become wealthy the poor are happy to be hired as “private contractors” in Iraq and Afghanistan or become direct servants of the rich. Is democracy incompatible with money-dreams?

For several decades it seemed that to make money is not only compatible with but is an organic part of democracy. Oh, those naïve and decent times when Americans were generously paid (to make them buy more goods), when mass goods producing corporations’ profit was considered handsome! Of course, even then especially smart profit-makers were already in Military-industrial complex – they got it that real profits are made on tax-payers’ money (the real deal is to get government contracts). They were the same type of people who later managed to suffocate the development of alternative energy research and industrial use and Dick-chained the country to fossil-fuel. Petroleum, weapons and Big Pharma businessmen were able to secure governmental policies friendly to their money-making style. But it took a time for more and more entrepreneurs to come to war or to money-on-money profits to the neglect of traditional profit-making (that includes American working people’s prosperity into their calculations).

It is only with Bush Junior that our mutating entrepreneurs (shifting into war or direct money multiplying) understood that in their desire to make unlimited profits they can go as far as they want, that there are no cultural, moral or social limits to their pursuits. The military failures and financial collapses became as valid ways to make money as military victories and financial booms. Failure became synonymous with winning if only profit is taken into consideration. The very logic of cultural codes became subverted by the passion for real or imaginary money. It is not surprising that democratic norms and values today have fallen victim to profit-making logic. Democracy for neo-conservative neo-liberals in business became an item sacrificed for higher purpose of global profit-making. Why to be surprised? These people are of the same sort as those German entrepreneurs who under Nazis were mainly thinking about how to expand their profitability.