Seriously, is anyone genuinely shocked by this? Obama sets the IRS attack dog onto the tea party. Now he knows all our favourite porn sites (so to speak). BFD. Either you have a government for the taxpayers, of the taxpayers, or a government for the dependants, by the dependants. America has chosen.
Well it’s roots go back to Echelon and the Anglo-sphere’s cooperation in monitoring all those foreign speaking chappies. Which was perfectly okay until the loonies in charge decided the enemies of the state are the people everywhere. A psychiatrist could write a very long paper on the mental illnesses involved in that mindset. Which is why the word lunatic was recently removed from the US legal code.
The word lunatic will re-appear, no doubt about it. But it will have a political rather than scientific definition, and its re-emergence will coincide with the opening of the new re-education camps rehabilitation facilities.
The political import of the word was certainly used during the cold war, when each side’s trickpsychlists considered any whiff of sympathy for the opposing ideology to be schizophrenia (interestingly – the condition first described as “schizophrenia” bears no resemblance at all to the present day one – the original was usually fatal within a few months – probably a virus).
abuse of psychiatry for political (violent) means is probably as old as the idea of asylums and mental illness as environmentally friendly alternatives to witchcraft and burning at the stake
what better way to silence a critic, than to avoid addressing their argument in any way – just dismiss it as the rantings of a loony – and sentence the person (bypassing the courts) to have their brains fried:
The Frankfurt school of socialism attempted this too, from a kommie perspective with their “authoritarian brain” as a rework of the BS ideas of marxian poly-logism and class based thinking.
from a Libertarian perspective – would we even have “psychiatry” now if it wasn’t for the states fawning on useful pseudo science who’s practitioners a friend describes as acting like a cross between a witch doctor and a parking warden (friend, who used to be a bachelor met about 20 of the buggers professionally – she’s now a spinster).
Another friend, who in the mid 1970s was sucking up to get back into medical school, after failing a year – worked in a psychie hospital.
He got to know one of the patients quite well, he said she had issues, but her treatment was in proportion to how much she took the piss out of the staff
– ECT of course – they murdered her before she learned to show them the respect they thought they were due.
Friend also had his wrists slashed when one of the nurses tried to turn a date into a suicide pact – without asking first…