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The pharmacracy exposed, with Thomas Szasz
In the second hour of today's show we bring you some audio clips from the late Dr. Thomas Szasz, psychiatrist, philosopher and intellectual giant of the modern era.
Szasz was well known for his critique of biochemical reductionism in psychiatry, but it is interesting to note that he was also a libertarian who passionately believed in the concept of self-ownership and the rights of the individual. Szasz did not see any legitimacy in the the way the State regulates our access to drugs, and the lectures we bring you today highlight some of his ideas in this area.
Inasmuch as we have words to describe medicine as a healing art,
but have none to describe it as a method of social control or political rule,
we must first give it a name. I propose that we call it pharmacracy, from the
Greek roots pharmakon, for ‘medicine' or ‘drug,' and kratein, for ‘to rule' or
‘to control.' ... As theocracy is rule by God or priests, and democracy is rule
by the people or the majority, so pharmacracy is rule by medicine or physicians.
--Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers,
by Thomas Szasz, (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1974), p. 139.)
More information on this topic can be found in the book Our Right to Drugs: The Case for a Freemarket.
In the first hour of the show we review some of the key themes which preoccupy TNRA, and take a close look at draconian changes to the family benefit which will save the government vast amounts of money. We propose that these changes were needed in order to fund the celebrated carbon tax compensations doled out to low income Australians last year.
Well, the money had to come from somewhere!
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The wars on truth, freedom and sanity
Tonight TNRA covers three major topics in as much detail as humanly possible within the time constraints.
Internet Filter and Copyright Laws
- The Obama administration has questioned the Rudd government's plan to introduce an internet filter
- A chronology of Australian censorship controversies proves that the definition of "RC" is already very problematic
- Conroy's internet censorship agenda slammed by tech giants
- Leaked ACTA treaty gives border agents powers to search, seize and destroy your equipment for copyright infringement
- "Gag the Filter" protest information
Psychiatry Gone Mad / Big Pharma
- Australian of the Year Psychiatrist Wants Millions in Government Funding for Brave New World of “Pre-Drugging” Kids
- Children as young as one are being prescribed powerful anti-psychotic drugs
- Drug company Merck created a "hit list" of critics and even faked a medical journal to promote arthritis drug Vioxx
The Israel/Palestine conflict
- New documentary "The Children of Gaza" explores the impact of Israel's military assault and subsequent blockade of Gaza
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Hope you enjoy the show - and thanks for listening!
The coming mental health crackdown
We begin tonight with a look at the the latest developments in the climate change debate in Australia, with two top science bodies, the CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology, co-authoring a report titled "Climate Snapshot", which is being described in the press as "a response to recent attacks on the science underpinning climate change".
The report has already been criticised as politically motivated, with a Liberal Senator accusing the Federal Government of turning the CSIRO into a political puppet on the issue of climate change. TNRA takes a hard look at the key graphs in the report, with some startling results.
In the second half solicitor Rochelle Macredie joins us to discuss her concerns over proposed changes to mental health legislation which will mean that psychiatric patients committed to institutions against their will have to wait up to four weeks for a hearing into their detention, and the removal of Magistrates from the decision making process.
These changes amount to a gross violation of human rights.
Rochelle works for Oliveri Lawyers in East Sydney who practise in a variety of areas including criminal law, mental health advocacy, family law, commercial law, wills and probate, equity and involuntary vaccination matters. The first consultation is free. Rochelle can be contacted on the following numbers: 02 9360 3993 / 0407 896 832.
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