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Chinese turning to mental wards to break activists
MSNBC (from NY Times) ^ | 11/12/10 | SHARON LaFRANIERE and DAN LEVIN

Posted on 11/12/2010 6:59:45 AM PST by DFG

Xu Lindong, a poor village farmer with close-cropped hair and a fourth-grade education, knew nothing but decades of backbreaking labor. Even at age 50, the rope of muscles on his arms bespoke a lifetime of hard plowing and harvesting in the fields of his native Henan Province.

But after four years locked up in Zhumadian Psychiatric Hospital, he was barely recognizable to his siblings. Emaciated, barefoot, clad in tattered striped pajamas, Mr. Xu spoke haltingly. His face was etched with exhaustion.

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KEYWORDS: china; mental
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1 posted on 11/12/2010 6:59:49 AM PST by DFG
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Sounds like a lot of other citizens support the dictatorship.

2 posted on 11/12/2010 7:18:46 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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Both psychiatry and psychology are dangerous frauds, but they are institutionally and socially entrenched.Generations of PR work have convinced most people that these are legitimate disciplines.

Anything that goes beyond treatment of illnesses with clearly identifiable biological bases is quackery. If you doubt the quackery, just get a copy of the DSM and look at the “diagnostic” guidelines and alleged mental illnesses - go read about how these frauds vote mental “illnesses” in and out of existence, depending on what interest groups are the most influential at the moment.

Psychiatry and psychology are inherently political, and they tend to attract self-important power seeking personalities. Take another look at the comment by the “professor” of psychiatry’s comment about persistent petitioners.

3 posted on 11/12/2010 7:48:35 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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Psychiatric Hospitals Obamacare?.

4 posted on 11/12/2010 7:50:50 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide

Unfortunately, you’re right. As long as food, even meager amounts, can be put on the table, most Chinese will not rise up against their Communist government. It was pretty much the same when warlords ruled during the Twenties and Thirties, with a nod to the titular Nationalist government. The average Chinese just tried to survive and keep his family intact. Partly due to the fact that Confucianism still plays a role in the family, he sees that his life has improved dramatically since the Cultural Revolution so he’s willing to go along with the powers that be.

After my uncle received a graduate degree in textile engineering from NC State, he made the mistake of returning to China to help his father-in-law modernized his Shanghai textile factories (mostly cotton and silk). Both the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution were hard on the family. When Red Guards found his “bourgeois” photos and 78 rpm Big Band records, they threw my uncle into a mental ward, where he committed suicide.

5 posted on 11/12/2010 7:52:40 AM PST by 12Gauge687 (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice)
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To: 12Gauge687

Interesting story.

6 posted on 11/12/2010 8:09:34 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: achilles2000

This is nothing new. In the old Soviet Union they used to put dissidents in mental wards too. The thinking was simple— you had to be crazy not to know you lived in ‘’The Workers Paradise’’.

7 posted on 11/12/2010 8:15:59 AM PST by jmacusa (Two wrongs don't make a right. But they can make it interesting.)
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To: jmacusa

Solzhenitsyn wrote about the collaboration between “medical professionals” and the regime. This has been a tactic of the left everywhere. In fact, there is a ridiculous literature created by the left here that attempts to portray conservative opposition as an indication of mental illness or “psychological” problems.

8 posted on 11/12/2010 10:17:48 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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