|Listening to a radio program about considerations of political power in the Middle East made us wonder more generally about the concept of power. Their main consideration was the accumulation of power in order to control various elements of society. We noticed how this might apply to abuses in the mental health industry. |
Power is one of those English words with multiple definitions. Generally it means “the ability to act or produce an effect”. In other contexts, for example in physics, it has the definition “the time rate of doing work.” In the referenced radio program it meant “relating to political, social, or economic control.” There are other specific definitions in mathematics, religion, business, law, etc.
In a very practical personal sense power means “being able to do what one is doing when one is doing it.” In another practical sense it means “the ability to hold a position in space.” Power represents total abundance where nothing can strike you down. A Zone of Power could be considered the area over which one has responsibility and control.
We ask how all this might relate to patient abuse in the mental health industry.
When we speak of “coercive psychiatry” we mean that psychiatry is used as a means of social control against which one has no recourse and cannot fight back. Prime examples are involuntary commitment and enforced treatment.
As the late Professor Thomas Szasz said, “coercive psychiatrists function as judges and jailers not physicians and healers” with the power of life and death over the most vulnerable people.
“Disguising social control as medical treatment is a deceit which conceals an abuse.” This is a de facto abuse of power, as it seeks to limit and control the individual instead of helping the individual to get better and improve their conditions in life.
Coercive psychiatry is not intended to cure anything. On the contrary, psychiatry is the science of control and entrapment, and having power over distressed and vulnerable individuals. Wherever men have advocated and advanced totalitarianism, they have used psychiatric principles to control society, to put limits on individual freedom, to suppress and punish dissent, and to trap people into worsening conditions. It is actually a mis-use of power, since its intentions are to make less of a person’s self-determinism and give more power to others and the state.
All too often people may mistakenly disparage their own strength or power; do not allow psychiatry to crush you even further.
Click here to read more about psychopolitics — the art of asserting power over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals and the conquest of enemy nations through “mental healing”.
It’s all the rage now to point to various media and call the news fake. Actually, various media themselves are pointing to other media and calling it fake news. Fortunately, the real news can be found with diligent observation. However, there is still a lot we can say about fake news.
The news cycle, once a stately 24 hours, has been reduced to mere seconds by social media. This makes it difficult at times to stay on top of it; and also making it vastly quicker to manipulate.
This massive out-flow of fake news can be called “disinformation,” which is composed of lies and half truths written to seem as the truth, and has been used by communists and psychiatrists for years to further their destructive efforts.
Another name for fake news is “Black Propaganda” (Black PR), a public relations tool used to destroy reputation or public belief in persons, groups or nations, or nullify political opposition. Black PR is a covert parade of derogatory lies, half truths and exaggerations disguised as the truth. It is a common tool of individuals and agencies who are seeking to destroy real or fancied enemies or to seek dominance in some field. The opposite of Black PR is what we normally call Public Relations which is defined as “making good works well known.”
The Black PR that is touted or spoken or published on any given day is always part of a larger cycle, part of a long term campaign. Time Line: the media’s printed or spoken publishing cycle; i.e. when particular news items are recorded and plotted over a long period of time. Watching the Time Line often gives one a heads up about the campaign.
In a hugely illiterate society people abound who have a sort of malicious glee about passing along slanderous rumors and gossip. The difficulties and cost of libel and slander suits and the abuse of press privileges lay anyone open to deliberate campaigns to destroy a reputation. Black propaganda and whispering campaigns make use of such a willingness to pass on and amplify falsehoods. Unless one knows how to handle such an attack, one is vulnerable and can be made quite miserable.
The basic situation comes from 1) a natural law that could be stated as, “Where there is no data available, people will invent it;” and 2) the spreading of false data in order to confuse or enturbulate others.
There are seven specific steps to counter Black PR and render it ineffective. Although these handlings are not part of this current discussion, we can say that the first step is to pump out the true facts.
The basic idea of weakening or corrupting a population has been in use since before the Persian attacks on Greece. A sufficiently degraded or weakened people are in effect demilitarized. The advent of fast mass communication via social media offers a unique opportunity to employ technology which can destroy a population totally as an effective nation, and fake news or Black PR are the weapons of choice. This kind of cultural destruction is now in full use to miseducate and subvert the entire society. And now, not only the psychiatric industry but also other groups are using it. But psychiatrists are masters at it. All anyone has to do to win an argument these days, thanks to psychiatry, is to say, “You’re crazy.” So if you believe the news, whether it is fake or real, if someone wants to put you down they’ll say, “You’re crazy.” Your only alternatives are to use your own judgment, or go crazy.
Political Psychiatry: How China Uses ‘Ankang’ Hospitals to Silence Dissent
The Wall Street Journal (19 April 2016) recently reported on how China’s Ministry of Public Security is using psychiatric involuntary commitment to remove dissidents from society and silence their protests.
“… human rights groups have long charged that one of the crudest examples of illegality in Chinese criminal procedure is the political use of psychiatry to detain, imprison, and forcibly medicate dissidents and activists. The use of this tactic, borrowed from the Soviet Union early in the Maoist era, was reduced after the Cultural Revolution, but revived in 1987 with the creation of psychiatric hospitals, administered by the police, called Ankang (‘peace and health’) institutions.”
CCHR also reported on this in 2014, when it said, “The Chinese government routinely uses psychiatric confinements as a tool to control dissidents.”
Even earlier in 2010 this was being reported.
Psychiatry and psychology have a long and troubling history of being used to suppress political dissidents — most recently with the CIA-sanctioned torture program. Despite consistent denials, the American Psychological Association had numerous contacts with CIA contract psychologists Drs. James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, including contacts related to illegal interrogation techniques. For example, the APA secretly coordinated with officials from the CIA, White House and the Department of Defense to create an APA ethics policy on national security interrogations which comported with then-classified legal guidance authorizing the CIA torture program.
Too often the “mental health” industry has shown its willingness to accommodate and collude to legitimatize government policy, including the torture and murder by the People’s Republic of China’s Falun Gong, the CIA’s 1950’s MKULTRA mind-control programs, and the Soviet Union’s incarceration of political dissidents in psychiatric hospitals and sentenced to labor camps, to name a few.
In 1955, a Soviet manual entitled Brainwashing: A Synthesis of the Russian Textbook on Psychopolitics was translated and distributed as a public warning by a New York professor. The manual was based on the methods of Ivan Pavlov, a Russian psychiatrist who developed “conditioned response” theories through experiments on dogs in the early 1900s. Pavlov’s work laid the groundwork for a fundamental psychiatric misconception that remains to this day: that, like dogs, men are basically programmable animals, influenced only by fear and reward. Pavlov’s experiments established the foundation for much of the inhuman brainwashing techniques used by the Soviet Union and China in the mid-twentieth century; and now used by the United States Central Intelligence Agency in their Detention and Interrogation Program.
PSYCHOPOLITICS—the art and science of asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses, and the effecting of the conquest of enemy nations through “mental healing”. Download the Brainwashing manual here.