Magazine July 10, 2017, Issue

Mental-Health Priorities

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Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill, by DJ Jaffe (Prometheus, 363 pp., $25)

Donald Trump’s election suggests many things about Americans. Among them: Many of us are sick and tired of political correctness. Much of the country cringes when the president makes outrageous comments — but much of the country loves it. There is something deeply satisfying, to many people, about insulting people you’re not supposed to make fun of and questioning prevailing assumptions. The problem, of course, is that it’s often counterproductive to be offensive. Politically incorrect statements and tweets can preclude alliances and impede policymaking.

DJ Jaffe’s new book is an important reminder about the useful side of flame-throwing. Being politically incorrect

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


LOST PRAYER A prayer well known and repeated, and repeated, the mind focused on the words, on the words, becomes an internal ceremony, with little room, and then no room for another thought; sooner or ...


Obergefell and Forced Labor With respect to Alexandra DeSanctis’s article “Religious Liberty after Obergefell” (June 12), it is surprising to me that no defendant has cited the 13th Amendment to the ...
The Week

The Week

‐ Can it be mere coincidence that Ossoff is a Russian name? ‐ In spite of the total lack of available information, a host of figures in the media were convinced ...