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It’s unproductive to argue with people whose jobs or paychecks depend on not being convinced.
Human beings do not have a “predisposition” to hierarchy, even when they produce a surplus (more than they need to survive).
Some early egalitarian societies also produced a surplus, which they shared (potlatch ceremony). The problem is not the production of surplus, but the private ownership of surplus which then creates the hierarchical society.
The belief that human beings are predisposed to construct competitive, individualistic, and self-destructive societies is political propaganda dressed as science – pseudoscience – to justify then world as it is. We should be very critical of such papers.
The devil is in the details. Note that the study concludes, “group-based social hierarchies are a ubiquitous feature of all (surplus-producing) human societies.”
Surplus-producing societies are a very recent feature of human development, appearing about 10,000 years ago. For hundreds of thousands of years before that, people thrived in egalitarian societies with no power hierarchies, because they protected each other and the natural world on which they depended.
On the basis of this historical evidence, we can scientifically conclude that humans beings thrive in egalitarian societies and self-destruct in competitive ones.
Correlation is not synonymous with causation!
It makes no more sense to say that cannabis causes psychosis than to say that psychosis causes cannabis use. The common denominator is likely to be health-damaging social conditions.
People in distressing conditions are more prone to “psychosis” and may also self-medicate with cannabis. It should be stressed that cannabis is much less harmful than any psychiatric drug. According to the DEA website, not a single death has ever been recorded from cannabis overdose.
You are right! According to this study, overworked health-care professionals are less empathetic to their patients’ needs compared to when they are well-rested.
“Sleep loss affects how paramedics and health-care workers respond to patients’ feelings” (https://theconversation.com/sleep-loss-affects-how-paramedics-and-health-care-workers-respond-to-patients-feelings-169630)
We sell ourselves short when we accept that poverty will continue to ravage people’s lives and that the best we can do is rescue the most vulnerable, while abandoning the rest to a living hell of deprivation.
Poverty is required in a system of capital accumulation. Poverty keeps wages low and profits up. Helping professionals must not limit ourselves to damage control, but call for a sharing society that doesn’t need poverty.
Psychiatry has not failed. It has been tremendously successful at suppressing dissent which was why it was created. As pointed out in a previous MIA post (https://www.madinamerica.com/2021/06/interview-james-davies/) psychiatry has successfully depoliticised, privatised, pathologized, and commodified suffering in the service of maintaining the status quo.