Voices from Russia

Sunday, 31 December 2017

A Quasi-Religious Cult of Individualism, Success, and Competition, In All Its Forms


I’m a foreign-born person. My observation of the US élite’s ideology (transmitted to society through the media and education) led me to conclude that it significantly changed after the Russian Revolution, which was the first large-scale practical experiment in embodying communist theories of transferring power to the working people. Such a revolution was deadly for the traditional aristocratic and bourgeois ruling classes of the USA (as the biggest and strongest bourgeois capitalist country) and of Britain (a stronghold of aristocratic traditions and capitalist ideology). They had to set up a global ideological counterbalance to communism. Communism, as an atheist/progressive society, was strong enough to fight, discredit, and defeat most traditional religions that existed then, so there was a need for a stronger, more fervent, and tenacious system of beliefs that could successfully oppose communist ideas on a grassroots social level.

In Europe, it resulted in aggressive nationalist theories that further evolved into fascism and Nazism, but the USA, as a multinational country, had to invent something different. As there is no strong and single religion in the USA, most religions were too weak or too nonviolent to counterbalance communist ideology. Therefore, uniting the society around religion wasn’t possible, but there was a need for a strong cult to consolidate the people. Through evolution, they constructed a quasi-religious cult of success and economic might, based on individualism and technical progress. Ayn Rand, an alienated immigrant from the USSR, made important (if not critical) input. She was very passionate and smart enough to understand the ideological need of Western societies. It was crucial to invent a “dream” able to rout the communist “dream”, or at least, to keep it as far away as possible.

She gradually constructed a raw, loose, and primitive, but very passionate, ersatz-ideology, which deified heroic tycoons as people who stood against global chaos generated by stupid, jealous, corrupt, and beastly sub-people (followers of socialism). It consolidated the élite (and wannabe- élite) around these ideas (everyone wants to be a hero); they dispatched this ideology to the whole society through education and media. The cult mainly excluded morals, so all possible means were good if they brought success and superior economic positions. What traditional morals labelled as wrong mostly became normal (or an allowed option) in the new cult. However, society can’t exist without morals at all… so there was a castrated one-sided version of morality, which came down to “What’s good for us is good; what’s bad for us is bad”… fully conforming to historical “Hottentot morality”.

For many people, it was an ideal reflection of their subconscious inner wishes of wealth and power, and a clear direction and sign of where they should go and what they should do to reach success. This led to all social activity being a permanent competition for “King of the Hill” and for consumerism being a prize for victory. People, groups of people, cultures, and countries who weren’t involved in this social game or who rejected it were mostly labelled and treated as losers, discredited, marginalised, which gradually reduced their voice, rights, and access to media. This game constantly brought huge profits, as it focused all human energy and passions on work and consumerism, at expense of morals, family values, ecology, global peace, and many other things. The most successful game players (temporary “Kings of the Hill”) became deified, hence the cult of “winners”, such as industry tycoons, VIPs, and celebrities. The elite demonised and discredited political opponents (such as socialists and collectivists) by any means possible, including obvious lies.

Therefore, I think that the current religion in the USA is a quasi-religious cult of individualism, success, and competition in all its forms, as opposed to collectivism, equality, and cooperation. It doesn’t correspond to the interests of the majority of the people, but it only wants to make people reach higher results in their activities. It also drains out their souls and diminishes traditional humanistic values. In fact, most truly religious people are against this game, even when they’re tempted or forced to participate. The cult is dangerous, as it totally dehumanises its most committed followers, and, when broadcasted globally, it creates or provokes a majority of the disasters that we witness today. It spoils all useful global resources, instead of preserving them. Of course, it’s much more complex in reality… this is only one facet of the whole. However, the subject is very interesting.

For instance, religion isn’t the only thing manipulated so perversely that it leads to justification for murder and theft. Many Americans, including me, were in the military and took part in such things, and we did so not from religious motivation, but because of another set of beliefs, not traditional religion, but something that we’d rightly call a new “religion”. I’m not “religious”… that’s been true my whole life. However, in the 80s, I was in the US Navy, in the Persian Gulf, doing whatever it was we were doing, pulling oil out of Kuwait, assisting Iraq in carrying on a war that the USA wanted with Iran, and whatever. Are American wars religious wars? Not in the usual way… that is, in some ways, yes, but more importantly, it’s something else. It isn’t one of the ancient religions and it isn’t one of the modern off-shoots. Churches don’t communicate this “something-else” religion to us. History has left the churches behind.

Where do we go to receive our instructions now? Where do we receive our received beliefs? Not church… it’s the TV news… the media. That’s what teaches us what to think, what to believe. The media teaches us to believe in the religion of American oligarchy, they couch it in pretty words, meaningless words that aren’t worth repeating. In the great tradition of non-believers, why can’t serious people today NOT believe in this new religion? Why do they all believe? Where is their famous scepticism? It’s an insidious religion because they teach us that it isn’t a religion. Rather, they say that its rationality, justice, and defence of human rights… this makes it a super-religion, a religion on steroids. The amount of self-righteousness that one can embody through this perverse non-religion truly astounds you. Yes, this perverse insidious religion astounds you and shrinks your testicles as it hollows out your soul and turns you into a morally and intellectually depraved empty shell.

Valery Mescheryakoff

3 April 2017

War Pigs


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