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Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-09-05 - Original post - cached version

For most of us—excepting possibly Mussolini, Trump, and other bully boasters—the word authoritarian is a pejorative. In contrast, many of us want to define ourselves and our heroes as anti-authoritarians, and this has resulted in some curious definitions of that term.

The American...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-07-20 - Original post - cached version

In April, journalist Robert Whitaker wrote an article titled, “The New YorkerPeers into the Psychiatric Abyss… And Loses Its Nerve.” Whitaker, who personally knows the woman featured in a recent New Yorker article about her psychiatric treatment, was bothered because the publication omitted the...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

What variable is associated with a 12 times greater likelihood of a suicide attempt—and also doubles the likelihood of cancer, heart disease, or stroke?

In the late 1990s, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study revealed a stunningly powerful relationship between childhood trauma...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-06-14 - Original post - cached version

Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Few know that at the end of Paine’s life, he had become a pariah in U.S. society, and for many years after his death, he was either ignored or excoriated—the price he paid for The Age of Reason and its disparagement...

Les Crises - 2019-05-16 - Original post - cached version

Nous vous proposons aujourd’hui d’être membre du jury du Grand Prix de la Complaisance Journalistique, suite à la conférence de Presse du 25 avril de Macron.

Vous pourrez choisir les questions les moins dérangeantes posées à E. Macron – mais aussi voter pour celles que vous...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

While not as well-known as “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day,” and not one of the classics he wrote for the Velvet Underground (such as “Heroin” and “I’ll Be Your Mirror”), Lou Reed’s “Kill Your Sons,” about his electroconvulsive “therapy” (ECT) as a 17-year-old, gives voice to an event...

Le 4ème singe - 2019-05-01 - Original post - cached version

La machine démarre dans un barouf apocalyptique, vous avancez frénétiquement, puis reculez, puis avancez, puis reculez, tel un robot qui exécute la tâche pour laquelle il a été conçu. Après trente minutes passées à faire des allers-retours machinales dans un boucan insupportable, une jubilation...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-04-10 - Original post - cached version

I just can’t take seriously anyone who presumes that the middle ground is always the voice of reason and the path to truth and justice. Thus, for quite some time, I’ve thought that it not worth my time to react to psychotherapist Gary Greenberg, psychiatrist Allen Frances, and others who try to...

Les Crises - 2019-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Edouard Vuiart (@EVuiart), diplômé de Sciences Po et de l’Institut des Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS), est analyste, essayiste et membre de l’équipe Les-Crises.

Parmi ses nombreux effets pervers, l’hégémonie du néolibéralisme est parvenue à...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-03-22 - Original post - cached version

“In every American community you have varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects, ten degrees to the left of center in good times, ten degrees to the right of center if it affects them personally.”

—...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Lyndon Johnson famously proclaimed his requirements for an appointee: “I want him to kiss my ass in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smells like roses.” Johnson and his ass-kissers were authoritarians.

Authoritarian is routinely defined as “favoring blind submission to authority...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

For several years, I have thought it important to illuminate the authoritarian nature of mental health professionals—especially those who have not rebelled in any way against their professional socialization. In this article, I will summarize a compelling analysis from the Journal of Medical...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Toward the end of 2018, the New York Times published a lengthy obituary with the headline: “Herbert Fingarette, Contrarian Philosopher on Alcoholism, Dies at 97.” By labeling Fingarette as a mere contrarian philosopher and by otherwise subtly demeaning him, the NYT cozied up to the $35 billion...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-01-13 - Original post - cached version

At the time, toward the end of 2018, it didn’t seem completely irrational to submit an op-ed to the New York Times. I had felt compelled to respond to a lengthy NYT op-ed “Can We Stop Suicides?” authored by Moises Velasquez-Manoff, who had offered what I considered to be a fairly insane solution...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2019-01-10 - Original post - cached version

The 1919 misfortune of Woodrow Wilson and good fortune of Scott Nearing are nowhere near enough evidence for the existence of God or for even karma, but these 1919 events do provide some therapy for me—a reminder that life, occasionally, is not completely unjust.

In 1919, Wilson—who...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-12-14 - Original post - cached version

The drumbeat for ketamine as a way to halt the rising suicide rate is upon us, as the New York Times has now joined the chorus. This is encouraging news unless of course you recall a couple of things: how recent enthusiasm from the medical-industrial complex for increased opioid use for pain...

Les Crises - 2018-12-12 - Original post - cached version

Excellente synthèse de ce livre majeur de Jacques Ellul

Source : 1000 idées de culture générale, Romain Treffel, 10-12-2018

Cette synthèse a été rédigée par Romain Treffel, du site 1000 idées de culture générale.

Pour qui, pour quoi travaillons-nous...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version
In this excerpt from Resisting Illegitimate Authority, Bruce E. Levine surveys the means by which conventional schooling punishes anti-authoritarian impulses and primes children for conformity.
Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-11-23 - Original post - cached version

“The person who claims the legitimacy of the authority always bears the burden of justifying it. And if they can’t justify it, it’s illegitimate and should be dismantled. To tell you the truth, I don’t really understand anarchism as being much more than that.”—Noam Chomsky.

On December 7...

Le 4ème singe - 2018-11-19 - Original post - cached version

La démocratie telle que nous la concevons aujourd’hui, telle qu’elle est expliquée dans les émissions politiques, par les journalistes, par les politiciens, par toute une ribambelle de personnalités médiatiques, est une sorte de mantra sur laquelle tout le monde semble d’accord au point où...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-10-27 - Original post - cached version

For several years, I’ve been thinking about writing Resisting Illegitimate Authority: A Thinking Person’s Guide to Being an Anti-Authoritarian―Strategies, Tools, and Models, a book about anti-authoritarians and for them. Authoritarian is routinely defined as “favoring blind submission to...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-10-25 - Original post - cached version

Psychologist Stanley Milgram (1933–1984) was deeply affected by Nazi atrocities, so when his early 1960s research on Americans revealed an unexpectedly high rate of obedience to authority commanding subjects to commit cruel actions, this very much troubled him. Milgram’s studies revealed other...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-10-13 - Original post - cached version

The substance of Fahrenheit 11/9 challenges his fans to go beyond their easy contempt for the obnoxious Trump. Moore pushes his audience to consider how the corporatist blue team — an authoritarian Democratic National Party, a clueless self-serving Hillary Clinton, a slickly betraying Barack...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-10-11 - Original post - cached version

I have long studied legitimate and illegitimate authorities, which exist in all walks of life. Illegitimate authorities include dishonest or exploitative ones but also include those which are incompetent. The fact that 1.6 million fans attended Reds games in 2018 compared to nearly 2.5 million...

Le 4ème singe - 2018-10-10 - Original post - cached version

L’art, cela peut être beau, envoûtant, absurde, mystérieux, laid, frappant, dérangeant… Il ne peut être une représentation figée d’une seule interprétation car celle-ci varie selon la sensibilité de chacun. Chaque individu en aura un retour subjectif selon tout ce qui a construit son identité....

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-10-05 - Original post - cached version

The following excerpt is from the subchapter “Mutual Aid” and which Yes! has titled “Why Alcoholics Can’t Be Forced to Stop Drinking.”

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-09-19 - Original post - cached version

 

Bernie Sanders, in his thirties, wrote and directed the documentary Eugene V. Debs: Trade Unionist, Socialist, Revolutionary (1979), and a picture of Debs is on Sanders’s office wall. But the arc of Sanders’s polit­­ical career has moved in the opposite direction from the arc of his...

Jay's Analysis - 2018-09-11 - Original post - cached version

If you like this analysis, purchase signed copies of my book in the shop!

By: Jay Dyer

“Thy mystery of the incarnation of the Word bears the power of all hidden meanings and figures of Scripture as well as the knowledge of visible and intelligible...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-08-16 - Original post - cached version

“Don’t be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party” is an intentionally obnoxious line from the hilarious “Springtime for Hitler” in Mel Brook’s The Producers. Not hilarious is the reality that doctors in Nazi Germany were “smarties” in Brook’s sardonic sense, as they joined the Nazi SS...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Political, cultural, and financial forces have made many mental health professionals so unaware about the reality of trauma and adversity that they often harm instead of help. In her recently published book Trauma and Madness in Mental Health Services (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), clinical...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-07-18 - Original post - cached version

Despite increased spending on mental health treatment, mental illness disability and suicide rates have skyrocketed. “Perhaps more disturbingly,” notes clinical psychologist Noël Hunter, “recent evidence has demonstrated that as contact with psychiatric intervention increases, so too does...

Le 4ème singe - 2018-06-22 - Original post - cached version

Comment manipuler l’opinion en démocratie ? Si cette question peut en faire sourire certains ou être considérée par d’autres comme probablement « complotiste » , c’est pourtant elle qui a motivé le publicitaire américain Edward Bernays durant toute sa vie. Illustre inconnu pour le grand public,...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-06-14 - Original post - cached version

“8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance” was originally published in 2011, then republished on several Internet sites, and has become one of my most viewed articles. The eight reasons include: student-loan debt; various pacifying effects of standard...

Le 4ème singe - 2018-06-01 - Original post - cached version

« Réussir sa vie », « Happy life », « En quête du bonheur », « Révolution positive », autant d’expressions toutes faites que l’on retrouve sur la toile sous forme de blogs aux allures de boutiques spirituelles et de vérité universelle. Voilà comment se définit aujourd’hui le concept modernisé du...

SpinWatch - 2018-05-04 - Original post - cached version

Why did the Guardian take down an online obituary to the sociologist Brian Taylor, without telling readers?

In November 2016, the Guardian published a celebratory obituary, online, of the Sussex University sociologist Brian Taylor, who had died aged 66. In May 2017 the newspaper took it...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-05-02 - Original post - cached version

George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: “Fuck Hope.” In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, “The election of Ronald Reagan might’ve been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd.”

We can only imagine how...

Les Crises - 2018-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Dans ce sombre climat, je vous propose quelques citations contre la guerre (ils sont format “réseaux sociaux” si vous envie de les diffuser).

N’hésitez pas à les enrichir en commentaire avec les vôtres (vous pouvez nous aider en cherchant les meilleurs dans ces listes : ici, ici, ici ou...

Espionage History Archive - 2018-03-27 - Original post - cached version

The mystery of Lord Victor Rothschild’s (1910-1990) connections to Soviet intelligence has vexed researchers for over a half century now. As the scion of an ultra-wealthy banking house and confidante to Winston Churchill, Rothschild was an influential figure in Britain’s power elite for decades...

Dr. Bruce Levine - 2018-03-16 - Original post - cached version

I have never spoken with a school shooter, but I’ve talked with many teenage boys and young men who—though behaviorally nonviolent themselves—emotionally connect with the anger, alienation, and hopelessness of school shooters.

Regardless of whether they received poor or excellent grades,...

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