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    Filed at 12:27 pm under by dcobranchi

    The tin-foil hat brigade has really outdone themselves. They’re not only convinced that the Illinois law concerning mental health screening is compulsory in nature (it isn’t), but they’ve now decided that Illinois is akin to Nazi Germany.

    As a Jew, President Bush’s “New Freedom Commission on Mental Health” sounds eerily reminiscent of the words over the gates of Auschwitz, “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free).

    …As far as I know, Illinois now joins Nazi Germany as the only places on earth to ever implement a plan of mandatory universal psychiatric screening. The Communist tyrants of the former Soviet Union, known for using psychiatry as a tool to crush dissent, never to my knowledge implemented a program this radical.

    It is a tale told by an idiot. (Hat tip: Judy Aron)

    4 Responses to “THEY LOSE”

    Comment by
    Stephen Mendelsohn
    November 5th, 2004
    at 4:02 am


    I’m the offended party here. Please relax. Neither I nor anyone at the Illinois Leader is suggesting thatthe American “mental health” system is going down exactly the same path as Germany did between 1920 and 1947, when 300,000 psychiatric inmates were murdered in the T4 “euthanasia” program which paved the way for the Holocaust. My point was to remind people what can happen when we fail to check psychiatry’s immoral power to coerce innocent people in the name of “mental health.” If you thought what I said was overly polemical, I’m sorry, but I received many complimentts and a speaking engagement from my post on the Illinois Leader site.

    The fact is that 42 states authorize involuntary outpatient commitment (known as “needles on wheels”) where an individual’s home is transmografied into a back ward, and millions of Americans are already forced to ingest highly toxic psychiatric drugs. Imagine being stripped naked and being injected with Haldol, Risperdal, or Zyprexa every other week, and then getting dystonias or diabetes, and not being able to refuse the drugs causing these horribly disabling conditions. Psychiatric survivors, who have experienced the system first-hand and know its oppressiveness, understand that in the context of involuntary “treatment,” universal screening is innately coercive.

    True, the Illinois law does not explicitly mention the word “mandatory,” but as Congressman Ron Paul correctly notes in his “Texas Straight Talk” column (house....04.htm), it is in the very nature of bureaucracies to expand and grow and bully everyone around. A small pilot program expands into something that becomes first universal and then mandatory. He has introduced new legislation, the “Let Parents Raise their Kids Act of 2004” to stop any universal or mandatory screening proposal.

    I find it highly ironic that you refer to “Ein Bush,” yet attack me for reminding people of the instrumental role of psychiatry in bringing about the Holocaust. If you do not wish others to consider you to be “tin-foil hat,” it would be more charitable not to jump to such negative conclusions of others — especially those whom you might need as potential allies.

    see also (with links) mindfr....shtml

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    November 5th, 2004
    at 4:26 am

    Sorry- I don’t buy it.

    As far as I know, Illinois now joins Nazi Germany as the only places on earth to ever implement a plan of mandatory universal psychiatric screening.

    Did they implement mandatory screening? No. You’ve acknowledged as much yourself. Did you know it wasn’t true when you wrote it? That’s not polemics. There’s another word for that. It’s called a lie.

    Comment by
    November 5th, 2004
    at 2:47 pm

    Daryll, after reading all you have written (and I have mostly agreed with you) about government busybodies being intrusive into families, I appreciate all that you do for people who are trying to raise their own kids without government interference or oversight. That said, I can’t believe you are trying to nitpick this man and parse his words, when you must agree with his fundamental reasoning. Beaurocracies DO grow and overstep their original purposes, stopping the birth of a beaurocracy is a good thing.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    November 5th, 2004
    at 3:34 pm

    Sure- I’m 100% opposed to any kind of mental health anything in the g-schools. In fact, I’m opposed to the g-schools in and of themselves. That’s no excuse, though, for misleading people as to what a law does or will do. It’s the same game that HSLDA plays with their e-lerts. Keep the troops afraid and in line.