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Articles by Bruce E. Levine
Tom Paine, Christianity, and Modern Psychiatry
Bruce E. Levine · Beyond Common Sense, most Americans know little about Thomas Paine (1737-1809). Few know that at the end of Paine’s life, he had become a pariah in U.S. society, and for many years after his death, he was either ignored or...
Right-Wing Psychiatry, Love-Me Liberals and the Anti-Authoritarian Left
Bruce E. Levine · “In every American community you have varying shades of political opinion. One of the shadiest of these is the liberals. An outspoken group on many subjects, ten degrees to the left of center in good times, ten degrees to the right of...
A Psychologist Explains How People Become Anti-Authoritarians
Bruce E. Levine · Lyndon Johnson famously proclaimed his requirements for an appointee: “I want him to kiss my ass in Macy’s window at high noon and tell me it smells like roses.” Johnson and his ass-kissers were authoritarians.
Noam Chomsky Turns 90: How a U.S. Anarchist Has More Than Survived
Bruce E. Levine · “The person who claims the legitimacy of the authority always bears the burden of justifying it. And if they can’t justify it, it’s illegitimate and should be dismantled. To tell you the truth, I don’t really understand anarchism as...
School Shootings: Who to Listen to Instead of Mainstream Shrinks
Bruce E. Levine · I have never spoken with a school shooter, but I’ve talked with many teenage boys and young men who—though behaviorally nonviolent themselves—emotionally connect with the anger, alienation, and hopelessness of school...
Toward a Liberation Psychology
Bruce E. Levine · The following is an excerpt from Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green, 2011) by Bruce E. Levine. In this book, Levine describes how American institutions and...
Another Reason Young Americans Don’t Revolt Against Being Screwed
Bruce E. Levine · “8 Reasons Young Americans Don’t Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance” was originally published in 2011, then republished on several Internet sites, and has become one of my most viewed articles. The eight reasons include...
The More a Society Coerces Its People, the Greater the Chance of Mental Illness
Bruce E. Levine · Throughout history, societies have existed with far less coercion than ours. While these societies have had far fewer consumer goods and less of what modernity calls “efficiency,” they also have had far less mental illness. This reality...
8 Reasons Young Americans Don't Fight Back: How the US Crushed Youth Resistance
Bruce E. Levine · Traditionally, young people have energized democratic movements. So it is a major coup for the ruling elite to have created societal institutions that have subdued young Americans and broken their spirit of resistance to...