My media week 19/04/09

ABC’s All in the Mind has been running a series of interviews with the 89-year-old Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Thomas Szasz, who comes from Hungary, and has one of those Slavoj Zizek over-the- top accents and is equally opinionated. Szasz, a libertarian maverick, who was the author of The Myth of Mental Illness, believes we live in a therapeutic state— what he calls a ‘pharmacracy’—and that psychiatry is a ‘pseudoscientific racket’. There are three programmes – the first two are an interview with Szasz and the final programme had psychiatrists responding to the accusations.

Interview Part 1 of 2

Interview Part 2 of 2

Thomas Szasz – Psychiatrists respond


Richard A. Posner, a judge and also a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School analyses Why the Economic Crisis Was Not Anticipated in this article from the Chronicle of Higher Education.


White-collar fraudster Bernie Madoff has been called a range of nasty names — from the Dickensian “scoundrel” to the clinically cruel “sociopath.” In this audio linguist Geoff Nunberg considers the proper terminology for condemning Madoff. Madoff: A Scoundrel Or A Sociopath?.


In this article Robert Higgs takes a critical look at the role of the Fed and its chairman in the current financial crisis

Give Bernanke Credit—For Chutzpah.


This article from Wired is about how YouTube is becoming more mainstream. YouTube Edges Cautiously From Grassroots Toward Hollywood


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