Bruce Levine

Bruce Levine

Fundamentalist Consumerism and an Insane Society

Z Magazine February 1st, 2009

At a giant Ikea store in Saudi Arabia in 2004, three people were killed by a stampede of shoppers fighting for one of a limited number of $150 credit vouchers. Similarly, in November 2008, a worker at a New York Wal-Mart was trampled to death by shoppers intent on buying one of a limited number of 50-inch plasma HDTVs.

Read Full Article

Are We Really Okay with Electroshocking Toddlers?

January 30th, 2009

“Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” — C.S. Lewis Psychiatry’s “shock doctrine” is quite literally electroshock, and its latest victims are – I’m not kidding – young children. On January 25, 2009, the Herald Sun, based in Melbourne, Australia, reported, “Children younger than […]

What’s It Going to Take to Lock Up Drug Company Execs?

AlterNet January 16th, 2009

A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals the shocking extent of how corrupt drug companies are.

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” – Jonathan Swift

After reading “The Neurontin Legacy — Marketing through Misinformation and Manipulation” in the January 8, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, one may conclude that (1) America’s prisons would be put to better use incarcerating drug company executives instead of pot smokers, and (2) society may need a return of public scorn via the pillory for those doctors who are essentially drug-company shills.

Read Full Article

Just How Corrupted Has American Medicine Become?

January 13th, 2009

“Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through.” – Jonathan Swift After reading “The Neurontin Legacy — Marketing through Misinformation and Manipulation” in the January 8, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, one may conclude that (1) America’s prisons would be put to better […]

“Fundamentalist Consumerism” Kills Us Quickly and Slowly

December 23rd, 2008

While fundamentalist Jews, Christians, and Moslems are singularly attached to their literal interpretations of particular texts, fundamentalist consumerists are singularly attached to cheap stuff. All fundamentalists decry, deny, or ignore the multiple dimensions of life that fall outside their particular theologies and ideologies. Fundamentalist consumerists could not care less about workers’ rights, human-scale business, environmental […]

NPR Embarrassed by Psychiatrist Host: Bad Apple or Bad Barrel?

November 25th, 2008

National Public Radio announced on November 21, 2008 that it had fired psychiatrist Frederick Goodwin and would be terminating his program “The Infinite Mind.” Goodwin was released after NPR learned that he had received at least $1.3 million from drug companies between 2000 and 2007. In the 2008 ongoing Congressional investigation of psychiatry, Goodwin is […]

Can Voters and Nonvoters Battling Against Despair Respect Each Other?

October 20th, 2008

There is a faction of Americans who believe that it is their civic duty to vote, and there is another faction who believe it is their civic duty to reject the pseudo-democratic voting ritual, and these two groups routinely engage in mutual mocking of one another. However, I have found that within both groups there […]

Video: Bruce E. Levine on “Generation RX”

Generation X October 16th, 2008

Psycho-Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Z Magazine October 1st, 2008

Profiting from drugging women and children

Postpartum depression among women in the United States occurs at a rate of between 10 to 20 percent, but it is rare in several cultures where new mothers routinely receive structured social support following childbirth. Yet, currently Congress is legislating increased medical treatment for postpartum depression rather than confronting its societal roots.

Read Full Article

Has American Society Gone Insane?

AlterNet September 11th, 2008

America’s mental health problems may be more than a matter of some “unadjusted” individuals. The entire culture might well need adjusting.

For many Americans who gain their information solely from television, all critics of psychiatry are Scientologists, exemplified by Tom Cruise spewing at Matt Lauer, “You don’t know the history of psychiatry. … Matt, you’re so glib.” The mass media has been highly successful in convincing Americans to associate criticism of psychiatry with anti-drug zealots from the Church of Scientology, the lucrative invention of science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard.

Read Full Article