The therapeutic state

Really, why add to the crush of issues with this one when nothing whatever can be done about any of it? Still, I have only just cottoned onto it so thought I might share. This, however, is even less likely to be seen for what it is than my work on modern economic theory, but such is life.

I suppose I ought to have seen this sooner since it has been the elephant in the room since the Covid panic began. If anything is going to terrify us into a totalitarian state, it is the threat of disease, which is more than just the threat of death but includes all the psychological overhang that exists everywhere. This was all discussed by Thomas Szasz even as long ago as when I was at university. This is only a tiny bit of who he is:

Szasz was best known as a social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, as what he saw as the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as scientism. His books The Myth of Mental Illness (1961) and The Manufacture of Madness (1970) set out some of the arguments most associated with him.

I have been associating lately with people involved in dealing with the psychological damage that has apparently been visited on people who have been confined to home because of the Covid or who have been terrorised by the media reports. Really, I said to them, is this actually such an issue? Well, you have no idea the size of the industry associated with dealing with our mental health. Having come onto this monster in our midst, there was then this headline in The Oz just yesterday: Productivity Commission’s final report says toddlers should be screened for emotional distress.

Australia’s mental health system is failing the “missing middle” who don’t require hospital care and has a “narrow view of people seeking treatment and support”. The Productivity Commission’s final report into the country’s mental health system, two years in the making, recommends toddlers should be screened for early signs of emotional distress and better support offered to schoolchildren dealing with psychological issues as part of a push for earlier intervention. The commission says the system is “not comprehensive and fails to provide treatment and support that people who need it legitimately expect”. “The clinical care system has gaps, including, but not limited to, the so-called ‘missing middle’,” the report reads.

And then this came today with some material from Medibank:

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The symptoms and signs of mental health issues are varied and can come on suddenly or gradually over time. It’s often difficult to differentiate between expected behaviour and behaviours that can indicate a mental health condition. If you or someone you care about are struggling, you can find information on common mental health issues here, including what to do if you notice symptoms or signs.

And when you start looking for these kinds of things they are everywhere. We are beyond mere socialism. If you would like to investigate further, you might have a look at this, also by Szasz, except from 2006, and specifically titled: The Therapeutic State. A long article, worth your time, with this the final para:

Formerly, people rushed to embrace totalitarian states. Now they rush to embrace the therapeutic state. By the time they discover that the therapeutic state is about tyranny, not therapy, it will be too late.

The entire article is so prescient it’s spooky. Perhaps it’s not too late, although perhaps it is.

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