Tuesday, July 28, 2009
“Ideas about a Struggle for Truth and Justice Are Formed by Personalities with a Paranoid Structure”: Soviet Government Psychiatrists
As Kurt Nimmo pointed out last week in a story about a German man who was sent to a psychiatric institute for protesting Obama:
In the former Soviet Union, psikhushkas — mental hospitals — were used by the state as prisons in order to isolate political prisoners, discredit their ideas, and break them physically and mentally. The Soviet state began using mental hospitals to punish dissidents in 1939 under Stalin. The Psychiatric Prison Hospital in the city of Kazan was transferred to NKVD (the secret police organization for the People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) control and in 1969 Yuri Andropov, the head of KGB, submitted to the Central Committee of Communist Party of the Soviet Union a plan for creating a network of psikhushkas.
According to official Soviet psychiatry and the Moscow Serbsky Institute at the time, “ideas about a struggle for truth and justice are formed by personalities with a paranoid structure.” Treatment for this special political schizophrenia included various forms of restraint, electric shocks, electromagnetic torture, radiation torture, lumbar punctures, various drugs — such as narcotics, tranquilizers, and insulin — and beatings. Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History, indicates that at least 365 sane people were treated for “politically defined madness,” although she surmises there were many more.
This, of course, is the opposite of the old slogan "question authority", which is so American that the Founding Fathers urged us to question what our government is doing. For example, Thomas Jefferson said:
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism"
"All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent"
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance"
What Can We Do About This Assault On Free Speech?
So what can we do about this assault on free speech?
We should certainly keep on exposing this technique through videos, radio and essays.
So put this on a bumper sticker or other item:
Ideas about a Struggle for Truth and Justice Are Formed by Personalities with a Paranoid Structure
- Soviet Government Psychiatrists
That short quote will help wake people up to the fact that is a communist, not American, idea to label those who question their government's actions as crazy.