Bruce Levine Blog

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 […]

Stripped of False Realities: Americans’ Political “Psychotic Break”

January 3rd, 2017

Stripped of the false realities of democracy, legitimate media authorities, and American exceptionalism, U.S. society is having a “psychotic break” of sorts. What many Americans have previously believed to be “reality” is disintegrating. Science provides us with no monolithic explanation for what is commonly called a psychotic break, but for some people who have lived […]

Is Society or Psychiatry to Blame for the “Seriously Mentally Ill” Dying 25 Years Prematurely?

November 16th, 2016

“Adults in the U.S. living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions,” according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. This is not controversial, as establishment psychiatry and its critics agree. What is controversial is who is to blame—society, psychiatry, or the victims themselves? […]

Psychiatry’s Current Greatest Controversy: Fraud, Bullsh*t or What?

September 24th, 2016

In the current issue of the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, Australian dissident psychiatrist Niall McLaren titles his article, “Psychiatry as Bullshit” and makes a case for just that. The great controversies in psychiatry are no longer about its chemical-imbalance theory of mental illness or its DSM diagnostic system, both of which have now […]

Naked Cynicism—Can I Be Bribed to Vote for a Phony, Hedge-Fund Warmonger?

August 10th, 2016

Back in 2000, when the evangelical, chicken hawk, smirking frat boy—another rich kid, spoiled brat—grabbed the presidency, the Democrats blamed (and never forgave) Ralph Nader and the Green Party. If Trump wins, a similar scapegoating will not work, not if we remember the unequivocal realities of the polls.

Drug Choice, Scientology, Ego Needs & Other Divides: Real Politics 101, Part Three

July 27th, 2016

Abolishing First-Order Psychiatry—which includes the American Psychiatric Association and its Big Pharma partners—as a legitimate authority in determining “mental illness” as well as abolishing First-Order Psychiatry’s “treatment” and control dominion are primarily political struggles. In Part One, I discussed how the Rehumanizing Resistance has been winning scientific battles but losing the war against the expansion […]

New Important Book— “Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness”

June 19th, 2016

The central question that Will Hall asks is: What does it mean to be called crazy in a crazy world? The answers Hall receives in more than 60 interviews and essays from ex-patients, scientists, journalists, artists, and dissident psychiatrists and psychologists restores the full range of color to our humanity. Outside Mental Health reminds us […]

Effective Tactics for the “Rehumanizing Resistance”: Real Politics 101, Part Two

May 31st, 2016

In Part Two, I will discuss strategy and tactics for the Rehumanizing Resistance, including: (1) Traditional, Personal, and Underground Politics; (2) Direct Action and Confrontation: When It Can and Cannot Succeed (3) Organizing: Taking Advantage of the Current Cultural Climate; (4) Alliances and Coalitions; and (5) Film and Media. In Part One, I discussed how the Resistance has been winning scientific battles but losing the war against the expansion of influence of First-Order Psychiatry (which includes American Psychiatric Association and Big Pharma), and how this is due in large part to the First-Order’s effective political tactics and the Resistance’s political naivety.

Real Politics 101, Part One: “First-Order Psychiatry” vs. the “Rehumanizing Resistance”

May 13th, 2016

In the political struggle between First-Order Psychiatry (which includes the American Psychiatric Association and Big Pharma) and the Rehumanizing Resistance (which includes many in the Mad in America community), the Resistance continues to win key scientific victories  (including the First-Order’s retreat from its “chemical imbalance theory of mental illness”); however, the Resistance is losing the […]

TV Drugs Ads, Abilify & Big Pharma Mobsters

March 14th, 2016

Who doesn’t laugh at drug commercials with their before-and-after scenes of life-changing improvements accompanied by numerous terrifying side effects? But these drug ads continue because they work. Beyond the overt manipulations, there are more covert ones—including techniques that diminish the impact of the required warning section. Former advertising executive Jerry Mander observed that his ex-colleagues […]