Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

Anti-Authoritarian Options for Suicidal Anti-Authoritarians

April 18th, 2017

Suicide rates in the US have surged to a 30-year high at the same time that US antidepressant use has skyrocketed. While correlation is not the same as causation, this concurrence naturally raises questions from people comfortable challenging authorities—including mental health authorities. Does it help all people to view being suicidal as a symptom of […]

Anti-Authoritarian Options for Suicidal Anti-Authoritarians

CounterPunch April 18th, 2017

Suicide rates in the US have surged to a 30-year high at the same time that US antidepressant use has skyrocketed. While correlation is not the same as causation, this concurrence naturally raises questions from people comfortable challenging authorities—including mental health authorities. Does it help all people to view being suicidal as a symptom of […]

‘CRAZY’: Courageous Documentary about Forced Psychiatric Treatment

March 27th, 2017

The issue of control is front and center of “CRAZY,” Lise Zumwalt’s new documentary.  “I’ve always been interested in stories where there is a tension between social policy and law and individual rights—and mental illness is a great lens to look at that tension,” says Zumwalt, who has produced, written and edited films for National […]

‘CRAZY’: Courageous Documentary about Forced Psychiatric Treatment

AlterNet March 27th, 2017

The issue of control is front and center of “CRAZY,” Lise Zumwalt’s new documentary.  “I’ve always been interested in stories where there is a tension between social policy and law and individual rights—and mental illness is a great lens to look at that tension,” says Zumwalt, who has produced, written and edited films for National […]

Leading Psychiatrists Follow Top-Dog Bankers’ Guide to Career Advancement

March 14th, 2017

It should not be surprising that cynicism is increasingly the U.S. national pastime, as we regularly observe top-dog bankers avoiding criminal prosecution for crimes they preside over, and we see prominent professionals—including psychiatrists—gaining career advancement after disgraceful actions. First, a quick review of the recent career arc of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan. In 2013 […]

Leading Psychiatrists Follow Top-Dog Bankers’ Guide to Career Advancement

CounterPunch March 14th, 2017

It should not be surprising that cynicism is increasingly the U.S. national pastime, as we regularly observe top-dog bankers avoiding criminal prosecution for crimes they preside over, and we see prominent professionals—including psychiatrists—gaining career advancement after disgraceful actions. First, a quick review of the recent career arc of Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan. In 2013 […]

Humiliation Porn: Trump’s Gift to His Faithful—and Now the Blowback

February 20th, 2017

“Humiliation porn” is much about transforming the shame and pain of victimization and powerlessness into some kind of sexual pleasure. If mainstream institutions ignore a large number of people who feel powerless, victimized and angry, that’s easy pickings for a demagogue, who knows that a politician’s campaign promises may not hook a distrusting crowd but […]

Humiliation Porn: Trump’s Gift to His Faithful…and Now the Blowback

CounterPunch February 20th, 2017

“Humiliation porn” is much about transforming the shame and pain of victimization and powerlessness into some kind of sexual pleasure. If mainstream institutions ignore a large number of people who feel powerless, victimized and angry, that’s easy pickings for a demagogue, who knows that a politician’s campaign promises may not hook a distrusting crowd but […]

Killing “Schizophrenics”: Contemporary U.S. Psychiatry versus Nazi Psychiatry

February 1st, 2017

In any society that prioritizes economic efficiency, productivity and order above life and all of life’s varieties, people experiencing altered and extreme emotional states will be seen as defective and as burdens—monkey wrenches that disturb the societal assembly line. To be clear, contemporary American society is not Nazi-German society when it comes to treating people […]

Killing “Schizophrenics”: Contemporary U.S. Psychiatry versus Nazi Psychiatry

CounterPunch February 1st, 2017

In any society that prioritizes economic efficiency, productivity and order above life and all of life’s varieties, people experiencing altered and extreme emotional states will be seen as defective and as burdens—monkey wrenches that disturb the societal assembly line. To be clear, contemporary American society is not Nazi-German society when it comes to treating people […]