The heroic Tom Szasz has an excellent piece today on the Foundation for Economic Education website trouncing the mass “lock ’em up” reflex to the Virginia Tech shootings.
It is a helluva thing when the “experts” respond to a government’s prohibition of self-defense (Va. Tech was a proud gun-free zone, except for cops & mass killers) to sanctify giving government far more power.
Szasz was vilified in a Wall Street Journal piece yesterday that derided him for being part of a commission that “purports to investigate human rights violations perpetrated by mental health professionals.”
This is from the same newspaper editorial page that sneers about how the ACLU purports to investigate “torture” at Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, and other US bases.
Szasz has a new book coming out entitled Coercion as Cure: A Critical History of Psychiatry. Much of the folly in contemporary political thought is the result of the refusal to recognize the pervasive role of government coercion in modern life. Instead, good intentions – in presidential decrees and psychiatric detention orders – supposedly make the coercion irrelevant.