A Letter to the Lesser Hitchens Brother

Mr. Hitchens,

While elements of your case against anti-depressants may be valid, you are undermining your case by blaming them for just about every terrible thing that happens anywhere on the planet. LIke Scientology and its video on You Tube ‘PSYCHIATRY: THE INDUSTRY OF DEATH’ although even they make some valid points.

I noticed that you mentioned the Hannah Bonser case a few months back in the context of anti-psychotics. (‘She was also prescribed ‘antipsychotic’ drugs, and who knows what effect they may have had?’) If you have read Theodore Dalrymple’s ‘If Symptoms Persist’ he writes about a young woman in the manic phase of her disorder who had (and these are the good doctor’s words, not mine.) ‘taken to hearing voices’ and gloating over the fact that he orders his ‘underlings’ (aka: nurses) to forcibly medicate her ‘in the buttocks’.

I fear for the future of journalism when mere fact checking is interpreted as an ad hominem attack.

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4 Responses to “A Letter to the Lesser Hitchens Brother”

  1. Zachariah Casey Says:

    When prisoners are released from prison, they often say that they have paid their debt to society. This is absurd, of course: crime is not a matter of double-entry bookkeeping. You cannot pay a debt by having caused even greater expense, nor can you pay in advance for a bank robbery by offering to serve a prison sentence before you commit it. Perhaps, metaphorically speaking, the slate is wiped clean once a prisoner is released from prison, but the debt is not paid off.

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  2. 462tqpxXmpHel Says:

    971604 913383An extremely fascinating read, I may possibly not concur completely, but you do make some really valid points. 766274

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  3. The Elusive Scarlet Pimpernel Says:

    Come on now. I bet having someone injected in the butt is fun. For your average sado-masochist.

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  4. Briana D. Burris Says:

    Theodore Dalrymple was crucial in my moving away from liberalism. His great asset is his personal experience with thousands of people in Britain’s underclass, in his role as a doctor and otherwise, and his willingness to speak with them quite frankly and try to understand them. Because of this immense wealth of firsthand experience and because he is very observant, he has painted a far more convincing case for the counterproductive, unintended consequences of seemingly compassionate liberal policies than anyone else I’ve ever read. In particular, his “Life at the Bottom” gives a very clear picture of how a struggle-free life on the dole combine with the message from elites that the underclass are helpless victims (“the rush from judgment”) to create an attitude of entitlement, and how that creates an attitude of resentment, and how that ends in pathological behavior. I was also struck by his contrast between the poor who have struggled to survive in third-world nations and are grateful for whatever they get, and the many first-world poor for whom gratitude is not even a concept, as in this classic article .

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