By Thomas Szasz
The well known gadfly of psychiatry examines the turning out to be perform of coercing participants (especially adults economically depending on others) allegedly of their personal most sensible curiosity. Demonstrates how ethical guy has been changed via psychological sufferer in glossy society, how sin has been switched over to psychological sickness as a manner of controlling undesirables. bargains with psychiatry as a social regulate medium, the way it disposes of these folks undesirable by way of society, and provides a compelling argument for proscribing coercive powers of psychiatry to remove people's own freedom and relieve them in their own accountability.
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Such persons should be restrained/punished only if they are guilty of a criminal offense, in which case they should be punished for their crimes, by the criminal law. ECONOMICS VERSUS IDEOLOGY: BANKRUPTCY AS COMPROMISE 39 ECONOMICS VERSUS IDEOLOGY: BANKRUPTCY AS COMPROMISE In a society committed to the protection of private property and the sanctity of contracts, the defaulting debtor could not be allowed to escape his obligation. If a borrower failed to repay his debt, he was mercilessly punished.
If you take away this Right, you take away the Credit; for no Man will sell his Goods upon a Faith which the Debtor is not obligated to keep. 31 As late as the nineteenth century, a reformer pleaded that "the benevolent principles of genuine Christianity . . [must inspire people] to persevere in relieving those Debtors, who may be found worthy, distressed, and f r i e n d l e ~ s . " ~ ~ Although it is unlikely that such lamentations helped the victims, they no doubt made the reformers feel much better.
THE BIBLE. THE CLAN, A N D THE CRIME OF USURY 31 Siena, Florence, Venice, and Amsterdam-laid the foundations for mercantilism and capitalism. After the Reformation, the influence of the Deuteronomic law on Western morals disappeared altogether. This happened not because the great Reformers were devout free-marketeers, but because, turning the tables on the Church, they attacked the papacy as a usurious exploiter of the poor. "Luther stands forth," wrote Benjamin Nelson, "as the spokesman of the German nation against the 'usurious' extortions of the Roman Church and ecclesiastical foundations.