Friday, December 28, 2012

Latest FFF Scribblings

Op-ed: "Gun-Control, Mental-Health Laws Won’t Make Us Safer."

TGIF: "The Year That Was."


Anonymous said...

Hi Sheldon,

A recent blog post at, "The Legacy of the Anti-Psychiatry Movement", by Dr. Steven Novella (, criticizes the late Dr. Szasz's role in "anti-psychiatry". Many libertarians, such as myself, tend to also be part of the "skeptical movement", i.e. skeptical of quackery. So when I came across this post at James "The Amazing" Randi's website, I became I little disconcerted. I value highly your input into libertarianism, but I also highly value the work of well known skeptics.

Just wondering if you have any thoughts about this blog post (or similar skeptical criticisms of much of Dr. Szasz's work)?

Richard G.

dennis said...

I'm not as acquainted with Szaz's work as Sheldon, but he was not part of the anti-psychiatry movement, in fact he was quite critical of them.

Sheldon Richman said...

Randi, whom I admire greatly, should be pleased with Szasz's criticism of Laing's antipsychiatry movement. Laing wasn't really antipsychiatry (or anti-coercion) at all. Look up Szasz's critique.