An official Chinese police designation for those worthy of “psychiatric custody” cited by Munro lists people who write anti-government letters, make anti-government speeches, or those who merely express opinions on important domestic and international affairs that could be considered anti-government. More>>
Monday, January 24, 2011
Famous Alex Jones (in his own words)
Psychologists are More Dangerous than Conspiracy Theorists
According to a Psychology Today hit piece written by psychologist John Gartner, people prone to thinking that powerful people might actually get together and plan to maintain and advance their power are borderline psychotics who are a danger to society.
In reality, hundreds of years of history has taught us that psychologists routinely aid authoritarian regimes in enforcing tyrannical and inhumane policies while helping them crush political opposition by defining suspicion of authorities as a mental illness.
As we highlighted in our article yesterday, psychologists in the Soviet Union were used to stifle free speech by classifying skepticism and political opposition to the state as a mental illness, which is precisely the implication littered throughout Gartner’s crass hit piece.
In the former Soviet Union, psikhushkas -- mental hospitals -- were used by the state as prisons in order to isolate political prisoners, discredit their ideas, and break them physically and mentally. The Soviet state began using mental hospitals to punish dissidents in 1939 under Stalin.
According to official Soviet psychiatry and the Moscow Serbsky Institute at the time, ideas about a struggle for truth and justice are formed by personalities with a paranoid structure.
Treatment for this special political schizophrenia included various forms of restraint, electric shocks, electromagnetic torture, radiation torture, lumbar punctures, various drugs -- such as narcotics, tranquilizers, and insulin -- and beatings. Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History, indicates that at least 365 sane people were treated for politically defined madness, although she surmises there were many more.
The profession of psychology blossoms under tyrannical regimes, as explored in Ulfried Geuter's The Professionalization of Psychology in Nazi Germany. Under Hitler's Third Reich, the relationship between the ruling Nazi thugs and psychologists was close and mutually beneficial. People like Nazi psychologist Robert Ritter, Ph.D. (pictured above) were instrumental in persecuting minorities and enforcing eugenic policies of genocide.
"From Nazi Germany, South Africa, Russia, and the former Yugoslavia, to Iraq today, psychiatry has been and/or remains a key player. In fact, the marriage between authoritarian government and psychiatry is as old as psychiatry itself," writes Jan Eastgate, International President, Citizens' Commission on Human Rights. "In the 1800s, Germany's militaristic 'Iron Chancellor,' Otto von Bismarck, utilized psychiatry to influence and control whole populations in order to fulfill his dreams of conquest through war."
In his book Dangerous Minds: Political Psychiatry in China Today and Its Origins in the Mao Era, praised as “eloquent and convincing” in a New York Times Review of Books piece, author Robert Munro exposes how psychiatrists and psychologists continue to be at the forefront of the brutal Communist Chinese system of ascribing mental illnesses to those who express even mildly negative political opinions towards the ruling Party.
The book reveals how, “From the 1950s onward not only Chinese dissidents but people who submitted petitions to the authorities have been detained by the police, examined by psychiatrists, and found to be criminally insane -- or, if found mentally “normal,” designated as criminals to be cast into the prison system.”