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On the Edge with Max Keiser: Dr. Bruce E. Levine Talks American Disillusionment

Dr. Bruce E. Levine, author of Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy, expands on his thesis, first explored in an article for, that the American people have been so continually disappointed by their leadership that we’ve adopted the defeated mindset of a chronic abuse victim, in these clips from his interview with Max Keiser of On the Edge.

Max Keiser: OK. You say bringing flowers can be a form of abuse. But to be more specific I think this plays into your your thought about the medicalization of the abuse syndrome. So instead of getting flowers, people are getting meds. Could you speak about this a little bit?

Bruce E. Levine: Yeah, I mean I think, you know, my industry, I’m in the mental health profession here in the U.S. I’m a psychologist, and I spend a good part of that article confronting what my business, my, which is not so much a profession, a business these days, and what they’ve done to contribute, and I think they’ve contributed to the abuse syndrome in many ways. They’ve taken a lot of our most potentially rebellious and non-compliant young people out there and labeled them with all kind of diseases, the most obvious being something called oppositional defiant disorder, which is an increasingly popular diagnosis here in the United States for kids who just argue with adults, who refuse to comply with adults, who are stubborn, until what—

MK: How odd!

BL: Yeah, I mean, I’m not being facetious here, I’m not joking about that, that’s going on, and they’re increasingly subjected to medica… drugs and behavior modifications. But there’s even a larger group of folks who I think are being described as mentally ill who are engaged in more of a passive rebellion. So there’s millions of kids out there who are bored in boring schools who just don’t pay attention ’cause it’s not interesting for them. They’re not getting anything out of it, and so they are being labeled with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. And so you’ve got millions more who are just depressed, who are completely depressed because their lives are completely alienating, they hate what they’re doing for a living, they’re working on jobs only to hold onto health insurance, their lives are miserable, and so, you know, they’re medicalized with a mental illness, and that’s how my profession, the mental health profession, is culpable, is guilty in being one of the oppressors, being one of the abusers.

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Use Systems Thinking to Make Lasting Social Change

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Let’s Make Bernie Sanders a Bestseller!

As the presidential campaign of Bernie Sanders continues to climb in the polls, crushing online fundraising records and frustrating party insiders and pundits along the way, we’re looking to put Bernie’s message on bestseller lists everywhere in time for the national debates this fall!With the second Democratic debate to be held on November 14th in Des Moines, it’s […] Read More..

Bern Baby Bern!

Feel the Bern, now read the Bern. Chelsea Green is bringing out the first major book chronicling the issues being raised by US Senator Bernie Sanders in his campaign for president of the United States. The Essential Bernie Sanders and His Vision for America is the only book that outlines, in Sanders’ own words and […] Read More..

Economic Development is Broken. Here’s How to Fix It

Economic development today is completely broken. That’s the argument of author Michael Shuman in his new book, The Local Economy Solution. The singular focus on attracting global corporations is not just ineffective but counterproductive, Shuman argues, especially given the huge opportunity costs. Indeed, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that the best way most communities can […] Read More..

5 Shareable Strategies for Creating Climate Action

Frustrated about climate change? You’re not alone. Most people in our society find themselves somewhere on the spectrum of depressed about our climate situation to flat-out denying that it exists. In fact, the more information about global warming that piles up, the less we seem to do to combat it. What is the reason for this […] Read More..
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