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Friday, 14 January 2011

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Mannie Sherberg
Plainly, the Left gets a lot more emotional gratification from attacking conservatives than it would ever get from attacking schizophrenia. Why? My guess is that it's because attacking people is much more gratifying than attacking brain chemistry or neuronal activity or whatever it is that causes schizophrenia. Before people can get worked up about an "evil," the evil must be embodied; it must have a face, a name. Without a face and a name, it can't be turned into a bad guy. And -- evidently -- there are huge numbers of people who desperately need -- crave -- bad guys. If that weren't true, there'd be no such thing as antisemitism.
Greg Garrison
Excellent piece, Yael. I have been frustrated, to put it mildly, by the way that people have talked about the political climate as though it has anything to do with what propels psychotic individuals. Mental health is a serious issue, and some individuals have been so hell-bent on demonizing their political opponents that little media time has been spent describing how to recognize warning signs and take the proper precautions to protect oneself (and others) if a friend or family member begins manifesting symptoms of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, etc. Thanks for the information about drug use and schizophrenia. I'd never heard of these studies before.

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