Bruce Levine Blog

8 Ways Young Americans’ Resistance to Domination Has Been Subdued

July 28th, 2011

Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to domination. Young Americans—even more so than older Americans—appear to have acquiesced to the idea that the corporatocracy can completely screw them […]

How Americans Can “Get Up, Stand Up” Against Corporatocracy Rule

July 20th, 2011

Many Americans recognize that the United States is neither a genuine democracy nor a real republic in which elected officials actually represent the people. Instead, the United States is a corporatocracy in which Americans are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite, and corporate-collaborator government officials. There are at least three […]

Populist Alliances or Senseless Wars and Corporate Welfare

July 7th, 2011

Ron Paul and Ralph Nader have an intriguing idea. While both know that there are significant ideological divides between their camps (and so neither are suggesting forming a political party together), they are proposing populist coalitions on some major issues. Interviewed together by host Andrew Napolitano (“Freedom Watch,” January 19, 2011), Nader began by explaining […]

The Tenfold Path to Guts, Solidarity and the Defeat of the Corporate Elite

May 11th, 2011

Many Americans know that the United States is not a democracy but a “corporatocracy,” in which we are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite and corporate-collaborator government officials. However, the truth of such tyranny is not enough to set most of us free to take action. Too many of us […]

Liberation Psychology

April 29th, 2011

When I first heard the term liberation theology (in opposition to a theol­ogy that fosters compliance with the status quo), I thought there should also be a liberation psychology—a psychology that doesn’t equate a lack of adjustment with mental illness, but instead promotes constructive rebel­lion against dehumanizing institutions, and which also provides strategies to build […]

The Missing Piece in the Battle for U.S. Democracy

April 3rd, 2011

Activists routinely become frustrated when truths about lies and oppression don’t set people free to take action. But as a clinical psychologist who has worked with abused people for more than 25 years, it does not surprise me to see that when we as individuals or as a society eat crap for too long, we […]

The Myth of U.S. Democracy and the Reality of U.S. Corporatocracy

March 16th, 2011

Polls show that on the major issues of our time — the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Wall Street bailouts, and health insurance — the opinion of We the People has been ignored on a national level for quite some time. While the corporate media repeats the myth that the United States of America is a […]

Phil Ochs, Tom Paine, and There But For Fortune

March 4th, 2011

In the 1960s, singer/songwriter/revolutionary Phil Ochs was sometimes described as “Tom Paine with a guitar.” Without regard for political correctness, both Paine and Ochs confronted all illegitimate authorities and hypocrisy. America paid them both back by marginalizing them at the end of their lives and ignoring them for decades following their deaths. With Phil Ochs: […]

Confronting Bigots Intolerant of Alternative Mental Health Treatment

Huffington Post October 6th, 2010

“Webster’s Dictionary” defines bigot as “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” Despite the success of alternative mental health treatments for many people, there still exists bigotry against these approaches. For many self-defined “ex-mental health patients,” “mental health treatment consumers,” and “psychiatric survivors” who attended Alternatives 2010 Conference (September […]

Psychologists Profit on Unending U.S. Wars by Teaching Positive Thinking to Soldiers

Huffington Post July 22nd, 2010

While U.S. military psychiatrists are prescribing increasing amounts of chill pills, America’s psychologists are teaching soldiers how to think more positively about their tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and wherever else they are next ordered to kill the bad guys and win the hearts and minds of everyone else. The U.S. Army is planning to require […]