[Marxism] Comments from a psychiatric nurse [holy man sues anelk...?]

steve heeren tzsche at shaw.ca
Thu May 6 13:23:51 MDT 2004


I have no sympathy for this rightwing libertarian, Louis, but do you agree
or not that "mental illness" is a misnomer, if not a myth? He has been
saying this repetitively since 1959. Your comments overall suggest that you
buy the medical model in regards to mental distress.

steve heeren


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com>
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Sent: Thursday, May 06, 2004 11:46 AM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] Comments from a psychiatric nurse [holy man sues
anelk...?]


> Rachel Mendoza wrote:
> > So the question remains, are people still schizophrenic if they are
alone in
> > a forest? Szasz has a quote (I'm paraphrasing): If you talk to God, you
are
> > religious, if God talks to you, then you have schiozphrenia.
>
> I would urge a little caution when it comes to Szasz. Politically, he is
> a libertarian and much of his critique of psychiatry is driven by
> abstract ideas about freedom. This includes opposition to the insanity
> plea, which is something I have big problems with. When people with a
> history of psychotic breaks end up in prison, there's something
> seriously wrong with that. Of course, as I have already pointed out, the
> draconian turn against the insanity defense occurred after the
> assassination attempt on Reagan.
>
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