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Unwanted "Treatment" for mythical ailments

As a follow up to a recent post about state-sponsored coercion in the guise of psychiatric therapy I would direct the interested reader to the following:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/libertarianism/342880.html?mode=reply

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carocrow
Dec. 17th, 2003 05:21 pm (UTC)
In her particular case her parents may be considered 'at fault' here, since they would have the option of removing her from school and home schooling her. They would also have specific rights in deciding whether their child is evaluated and treated medicinally for a real or imagined illness, to a degree. Parents aren't forced to give their hyperactive children Ritalin, for instance. There are other options.

There are two issues here, the rights of minors and public education. I suspect that there is more than meets the eye to this 'story', since the reader is at the mercy of the author (who is obviously subjective) for the details of the situation.
mungojelly
Dec. 21st, 2003 09:05 pm (UTC)
the psychological condition of rejecting authority
logically or ethically, of course rejecting mandatory government education is not a disease in need of medical treatment

but if you're in the process of attempting it, it can certainly feel like some sort of affliction

they half convinced me that i was crazy, when starting in the 6th grade i began to systematically refuse to respect their authority.. it's hard not to feel crazy, when there is, as far as you know, absolutely no one in the entire world who believes what seem to you the plain facts of the matter

philosophically speaking there's no way to know -- even now -- that i was in the right

perhaps i am just continuing to manifest this strange disease: where things are distorted all out of proportion, so that human liberty is more important than systematically forcing children to temporarily learn/cram ((obscure mathematics, contextless (and often startlingly inaccurate) historical "facts", etc))...

apparently the average sane person can clearly see that the moral compass tilts in the opposite direction... so who are we, us madpeople, to assess our own condition, eh?

the world can be a strange place sometimes.
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