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Seize the Bengals, Let the Public Own Team

Cincinnati Enquirer November 12th, 2019

The Cincinnati Bengals, no longer simply a local frustration, are now a national laughingstock. Bengals rulers are blatantly inept, making decisions so obviously wrong that young children can predict negative consequences. The Bengals disaster would not have surprised the great American revolutionary Thomas Paine, who had contempt for “hereditary succession.” In Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense,” which […]

10 Reasons Why Psychiatry Lives On—Obvious, Dark, and Darkest

Mad in America September 17th, 2019

No matter how clearly the scientific case is made that psychiatry is a pseudoscientific institution meriting no scientific authority, do you have that sinking feeling that psychiatry will continue to retain power and even grow in influence? It doesn’t seem to matter that psychiatry’s “chemical imbalance theory of mental illness”—the major reason why people in […]

Curious “Anti-Authoritarian” Definitions and Divides

CounterPunch September 5th, 2019

For most of us—excepting possibly Mussolini, Trump, and other bully boasters—the word authoritarian is a pejorative. In contrast, many of us want to define ourselves and our heroes as anti-authoritarians, and this has resulted in some curious definitions of that term. The American Heritage Dictionary defines authoritarianism as “characterized by or favoring absolute obedience to […]

Why the Mainstream Media Has Failed to Tell Truths About Psychiatry

Truthout July 20th, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH JOURNALIST ROBERT WHITAKER. In April, journalist Robert Whitaker wrote an article titled, “The New YorkerPeers into the Psychiatric Abyss… And Loses Its Nerve.” I was curious to hear Whitaker’s thoughts on the general state of mainstream media’s coverage of psychiatry.

The Groundbreaking Public Health Study That Should Change U.S. Society—But Won’t

CounterPunch July 19th, 2019

What variable is associated with a 12 times greater likelihood of a suicide attempt—and also doubles the likelihood of cancer, heart disease, or stroke? In the late 1990s, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study revealed a stunningly powerful relationship between childhood trauma and later adult emotional difficulties and physical health problems. Two decades after the […]

Tom Paine, Christianity, and Modern Psychiatry

CounterPunch June 14th, 2019

Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Few know that at the end of Paine’s life, he had become a pariah in U.S. society, and for many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement of religious institutions, […]

Lou Reed: That Which Does Not Kill Us Can Radicalize Us

CounterPunch May 3rd, 2019

While not as well-known as “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day,” and not one of the classics he wrote for the Velvet Underground (such as “Heroin” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”), Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons,” about his electroconvulsive “therapy” (ECT) as a 17-year-old, gives voice to an event that majorly radicalized him […]

Why “Middle-Grounders” May Be As Dangerous As APA Presidents

Mad in America April 9th, 2019

I just can’t take seriously anyone who presumes that the middle ground is always the voice of reason and the path to truth and justice. Thus, for quite some time, I’ve thought that it not worth my time to react to psychotherapist Gary Greenberg, psychiatrist Allen Frances, and others who try to convince me of […]

Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left

CounterPunch March 22nd, 2019

Many self-identified liberals are far more than “ten degrees to the right of center” with regard to psychiatry. With the 1980 election of Ronald Reagan, and then even more so following 9/11 in 2001, the United States has swung so far to the right that many self-identified liberals embrace, often unwittingly, a right-wing view in many aspects of society, including psychiatry.

A Psychologist Explains How People Become Anti-Authoritarians

Films for Action March 17th, 2019

Lyndon Johnson famously proclaimed his requirements for an appointee: “I want him to kiss my ass in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smells like roses.” Johnson and his ass-kissers were authoritarians. Authoritarian is routinely defined as “favoring blind submission to authority.” Authoritarians with power demand unquestioning obedience from those with lower […]