—BombThrowers: American progressives have been enamored with many Soviet ideas in their time, trying to transplant them to the U.S. — from government diktat and central planning to academic indoctrination and propaganda through entertainment. And while the Soviet Union has gone the way of the dodo, its glorious socialist legacy is still up for the picking.
One of these unparalleled Soviet achievements is the use of psychiatry to silence dissent and delegitimize political opposition, allowing the KGB to lock up dissidents in mental hospitals nicknamed psikhushkas.
In the United States today hundreds of zealous progressive psychiatrists are similarly diagnosing Donald Trump “in absentia” with a variety of incapacitating diseases, from narcissism to neurosyphilis, demanding that he be deposed (and hopefully locked up in a psikhushka along with his supporters).
First, some history. From the 1950s through the 1980s, thousands of Soviet dissenters were incarcerated in mental hospitals. This helped the Communist government to destroy its critics both physically and mentally without the potentially messy trials, while at the same time discrediting all political dissident as the product of ill minds.
According to the acclaimed Sovietologist Robert van Voren, the political abuse of psychiatry in the USSR “originated from the concept that persons who opposed the Soviet regime were mentally ill because there was no other logical explanation why one would oppose the best sociopolitical system in the world.”
In theory Soviet psychiatry was guided by Karl Marx’s “dialectical materialism” (as such, it rejected psychotherapy as “American pseudo-science” that stood in the way of scientific progress). In practical terms, its first duty was to serve the Party and the government in building the communist society. To that end leading Soviet psychiatrists fabricated a convenient disease called “sluggish schizophrenia.” The “sufferers” didn’t necessarily need to be psychotic; they could maintain productive careers and have families without anyone noticing their unusual behavior. The symptoms of the disease were pessimism, depression, delusional rejection of progressive ideas, obsessive criticism of the government, and paranoid thoughts about being watched by the KGB.
The government psychiatrists were especially concerned with diagnosing and treating the so-called delusion of “reformism” — persistent ideas about reforming the Soviet political and economic system.
No doubt, American progressive psychiatrists would be only too happy to diagnose “reformist” delusion in Trump and his supporters, who are known for their persistent calls to “drain the swamp.” The rationale behind the “mental disorder” diagnosis seems familiar: no sane person who has attended public schools and watched CNN would oppose Obama’s “fundamental transformation of America” or the candidacy of the honest, intelligent, healthy, and mentally stable Hillary Clinton.
Therefore, only the mentally ill would oppose political correctness, the growth of government, redistribution of wealth, socialized healthcare, man-made climate change, multiculturalism, open borders, the media’s trustworthiness, and the Democratic Party in general.
American progressive psychiatrists don’t necessarily need to copy their Soviet colleagues. Having their minds attuned to the same progressive brainwaves should be enough to produce similar results. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
But now politics has permeated everything, and that is truly pathetic.
and foolish, destructive, insane, etc..
this is really bad for the ones that really need the help....i hope this gets straightened out quick
Any farmer has more common sense than a psychiatrist,
Remember the old state mental hospitals? Maybe we could open them all back up and lock up all of the psychiatrists.
This just shows you how far libtards have gone. We the people know that liberalism is the mental disorder that is the real problem as many comments here prove. If we don't address this mental disorder, if we don't lock up these mentally deranged libtards, or if we don't re-educate them to integrate them as real Americans, we will end up with Soviet-style psychiatry.
Psychiatrists are the most in need of mental therapy. The vast majority of psychiatrists I've observed are crazier than batshit!
Their advice about child rearing has proven to be utter, disastrous NONSENSE! So, why wouldn't those children who have grown up and become Democrats demonstrate the embodiment of that batshit craziness!
progressives defining normal is dangerous at every level. Name a topic and they want laws to codify their definition of normal on it.
...and then there's psychotropic drugs being handed out like candy to help us transition into their definition of 'normal'.
Lenin and Stalin talked about the mentally disabled being anyone who opposed the logical progression of his communist theories of government... labeling them for reeducation camps or mental institutions and psychotherapy, often drug centered, and almost always debilitating... resulting in catatonic states for most dissidents, who were unfortunate enough to be treated by the caring and compassionate Soviet State. We find a disturbing trend in the use of physiology to label political deviance, as a mental illness, needing treatment... by the State. The 'Thought Police' are alive and well...