The Politics of Healing
Some things are floating around in my mind to try and make sense of. A big part of it is the connection of coercive/biopsychiatry to both race and gender politics. Clearly as Peter and Ginger Breggin argue succinctly and powerfully in “The War Against Children of Color” biopsychiatry has deep links to eugenics. We raised this point in an early submission by WNUSP on the Disability Convention as well. Misogyny as well not only characterizes biopsychiatry, it is, along with racism and eugenics, one of biopsychiatry’s core motivations. As biopsychiatry is a repressive technology accompanied by both charisma and an ideology of dehumanization, it fulfills the ends of social control perfectly.
This is connected in my mind to the politics of healing in a larger sense than the singular healing any person might seek through therapy or personal search for wellness. It is a healing that is throughout the individual and society. It is this sense in which justice is said to be healing and has healing as its purpose. I am not talking about therapeutic jurisprudence which is tainted by psychiatric ideologies and technologies. Rather I am talking about something deeper that I have found discussed in the best of restorative justice writings, especially the work being done by Native Americans of which I would draw attention to the Hon. Robert Yazzie of the Navajo Nation. It is also the kind of healing that motivates reparations in international law, and the inclusion among forms of reparation of the concept of “satisfaction,” that is, having it officially recognized that the violation took place and that it was wrong.