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The Latest Trend: Retro Soviet Style Is In!

22 October 2010 @ 10:18

Having lived through the last thirty years of the Cold War and having begun a serious study of Soviet Russia during the last fifteen years of it, I can see the possibility that the Left in America may be adopting one of the main tactics employed against the dissidents during the Brezhnev Era: declaring those who oppose The State to be mentally ill.*  A good number of these innocent people were put in the Psikhushka, the name for Soviet psychiatric hospitals [for a very good, short history of this evil practice, please click here] where they were subjected to ‘various forms of restraint, electric shocks, electromagnetic torture, radiation torture, entrapment, servitude, a range of drugs (such as narcotics, tranquilizers, and insulin) that cause long lasting side effects, and sometimes involved beatings… inhumane uses of medical procedures such as lumbar punctures’.  Others were stripped of their offices and privileges and, in a sense, declared unfit for anything but manual labor.  Some were sent to the Gulags.

Granted, unlike in the old USSR, the American Bolshes have been, so far, more subtle about it, but, still, it seems to be happening.

Case in point: the comments made yesterday by NPR CEO Vivian Schiller, as related by Mark Memmott, writer at the NPR blog, The Two-Way [tip of the fedora to Memeorandum][emphasis mine]:

Fired NPR news analyst Juan Williams should have kept his feeling about Muslims between himself and “his psychiatrist or his publicist,” the network’s CEO told an audience at the Atlanta Press Club earlier today.

More: There have also been hints that Delaware Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell is mentally unfit to hold office because of the views she held in her youth.  And let us not forget what Sarah Palin and Pam Geller have been subjected to.

The subtle method involves portraying the opponent as holding views so out of the mainstream of thinking, so abnormal, that people will begin to think the person targeted is ‘out there’, a ‘whack-job’, etc – all mild euphemisms for the mentally ill.  It’s just like how, when I was growing up, people would describe the guy with the distorted features who walked down the street sometimes talking to himself: ‘He’s slow’.  The implication is, to state it bluntly, that the person in question is retarded.

This is an insidious tactic, but not surprising as the Left lives by the code of ‘by any means necessary’.

A SIDE QUESTION ARISES: I have often written that, if you want to know what the Left is doing, see what they’re accusing the right of doing.  Well, I wonder: if you want to know the mental condition of a Leftist, should you see what he’s portraying the mental condition of his opponents as?

* For the record, this is a tactic that has been
practiced by every Communist regime — it is
part of the Standard Leftist Playbook, but the
Soviets were the undoubted masters of it, and
they were the first such Communist regime I
ever studied closely [the book, A Question Of
Madness, by the Medvedev twins, Roy and
Zhores [the latter of which was consigned to
one of these ‘mental health’ institutions], is
a must-read on the subject.

  1. 22 October 2010 @ 10:32 10:32

    Outstanding post. It makes me want to write something just so I can link it!

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      22 October 2010 @ 10:52 10:52

      TL: You’re very kind – thank you.

  2. 22 October 2010 @ 11:21 11:21

    I made a special spot on Tea Party News for this link near the top. I don’t think people realize the situation we are in and this, along with your investigation of the USSR, makes it twice as relevant.

    • bobbelvedere permalink*
      22 October 2010 @ 18:59 18:59

      TL: If I were one of the Goddamn Irish, I would say: Sure and there’s a special spot in Heaven reserved just for you.

  3. 22 October 2010 @ 19:08 19:08

    To follow Schiller’s reasoning then, anyone who might have a fear of Muslims aboard airplanes is mentally ill, and their reaction is mal-adaptive and inappropriate. The bulk of the ormal population would not have such feelings.

    The first World Trade Center attack. The Millennial bombers. The second World Trade Center attack. The shoe bomber. The underwear bomber. The Mumbai massacre. The Fort Hood attack. The Times Square bomber. Multiple other attacks thwarted and forgotten.

    Someone living through all that and not having any concerns over Muslim’s that may be boarding her plane would have to be like a three year old in her inability to access a dangerous environment and wish to flee from it. Schiller is no three year old, and her comments about Juan Williams misrepresent her own feelings. Juan’s feelings of fear for his safety are a reasonable response to the world he lives in, and may very well be protective.

    The fact is, if Vivian Schiller were to board a plane and a group of clean shaven young Middle Eastern looking men were to board and take seats in the first class section I’d make bet that she would be uncomfortable.. If you told her you just put her daughter on a plane as described, and the men bought there tickets with cash, one way and didn’t seem to have any luggage, do you think she would want to get her daughter off the plane?

    Schiller doesn’t need a psychiatrist.

    She needs to stop lying.

    Great post, Bob.

  4. Fulminacio Escalante permalink
    22 October 2010 @ 21:14 21:14

    “… if you want to know what the Left is doing, see what they’re accusing the right of doing.”

    “Schiller doesn’t need a psychiatrist.
    She needs to stop lying.”

    Yup, that’s a wrap.

  5. bobbelvedere permalink*
    22 October 2010 @ 21:26 21:26

    James Nicholas / Fulminacio: Perhaps she’s in denial, as it were. One trait of the Left is that, despite seeing the evidence clearly before their faces, they refuse to believe it.

    I am reminded of an old joke Tom Synder used to tell: I was talking to a guy I was in an elevator with the other day and he said ‘Tom, I don’t get your show…[beat]…I see it, but I don’t get it’.

  6. 25 October 2010 @ 07:56 07:56

    There’s a name for it already too: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD).” Definition: ODD is “an ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior toward authority figures.”

    Read the rest here:

  7. bobbelvedere permalink*
    25 October 2010 @ 16:30 16:30

    Everybody: Follow the Libertarian Advocate’s link in his comment – it is a must read.


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