The conventional wisdom about Thomas Szasz, who died this month at the age of 92, is that he called much-needed attention to psychiatric abuses early in his career but went too far by insisting on a fundamental distinction between actual, biological diseases and metaphorical diseases of the mind. But in fact, says Senior Editor Jacob Sullum, Szasz's radicalism was one of his greatest strengths. Beginning with The Myth of Mental Illness in 1961 and continuing through 35 more books and hundreds of articles, Sullum says, the maverick psychiatrist zeroed in on the foundational fallacies underlying all manner of medicalized tyranny.
Teen activists are righteously angry—but righteous anger does not produce sound public policy.
A Professor Tried To End a Flirty Email Exchange With a Young Woman. Then She Threatened to Blackmail Him.
When the grad student threatened to publicize their embarrassing correspondence, he reported her. But the university decided he was the villain.
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Inspector General Michael Horowitz's Testimony on FBI Failures Should Be a Wakeup Call for the Media and the GOP
Republicans were wrong to side with the state on privacy issues, and the media was wrong to lionize anti-Trump G-men.
No, but that's not stopping a litigious vegan from making his case.