Another strange development, with Bonnie’s approval. There are a lot of things wrong with the current system, and it is a system that desperately needs changing. Putting profits over people wreaks Hell on people. Let me just say I’ve always had a problem with those ideologies that make feasible change possible only through world revolution. Nor do I think it very viable that any sort of classless society should be achieved through dictatorship. The idea of waiting for revolution to relieve us of psychiatry just doesn’t sit well with me. I, and I’ve stated this before, just don’t have the patience for it. In this Brave New World we are stuck in, I’d give a little bit of credit to the resistance of the “reservation”. I simply think much of the impetus for change is not going to be able to wait for any resistance on a massive scale to bring down the present system, that is to say, I think we are going to have to forge our own non-oppressive ways of operating, or of an outside the system “within the system”. Those authoritarian revolutions that have taken place in the past, rather than “abolishing psychiatry”. have found it convenient to have Coercive psychiatry serve their own social control ends. In lieu of a massive populist movement against psychiatry, I see no reason this would not happen again. Psychiatry itself, through the reform of moral management, had the blessing of the revolutions associated with the enlightenment that took place in France and America. Segregation and detention in huge Victorian monstrosities in the country was shortly to follow as a direct result. What am I saying? I’m not arguing against change. Are you? I don’t think it is intellectually honest to betray one revolution for another. Defeatism is no answer. Rather than sabotage one’s own efforts to effect change, with theory or whatever, I see a great need to redouble efforts. It is not like, during the long course of history that defines the existence of institutional psychiatry, there haven’t been heroes and heroic struggles against it. I worry here, and a great deal in fact, about the wheels of progress grinding to a halt due to a proclivity, among some individuals, to becoming “lost in theory”.