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Conspiracy Theorists: Those Who Offend Us Are Nazis | September 3, 2009

This is awesome.

Conspiracy website Inforwars.com (often legitimized by Fox News becuase of its Barack Obama conspiracy theories) takes on phychology because a Psychology Today article talks about the mentality of someone who would believe any bad thing about anyone they don’t like.

They refer to the article as a “hit piece.”

But hey, at least they understand they they are conspiracy theorists. So, in a way, the Psychology Today has done some good.

InfoWars takes the high road, though. They just talk about the phychologists who helped Stalin and Hitler (Obama’s very close friends).

No mention on how the media also helped Nazi Germany. No mention of how Jewish prisoners were forced to work on railroads, which would also lead us to conclude that railroad workers helped Hitler and are, therefore, as dangerous as psychologists.

Also, at some point, I’m sure a zookeeper joined the German army. Zookeepers, you’re next.

According to a Psychology Today hit piece written by psychologist John Gartner, people prone to thinking that powerful men might actually get together and plan to maintain and advance their power are borderline psychotics who are a danger to society. In reality, hundreds of years of history has taught us that psychologists routinely aid authoritarian regimes in enforcing tyrannical and inhumane policies while helping them crush political opposition by defining suspicion of authorities as a mental illness.

As we highlighted in our article yesterday, psychologists in the Soviet Union were used to stifle free speech by classifying skepticism and political opposition to the state as a mental illness, which is precisely the implication littered throughout Gartner’s crass hit piece.

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.

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.

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