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SPK defined Late Capitalist society as terminally ill - a machine that produces a surplus population who are physically and psychologically sick. For this society to be cured it must of necessity undergo a fundamental social revolution. SPK held to the ideology that patients, in order to escape their personal mental illnesses, foment violent attacks on bourgeois society as an intrinsic part of the therapeutic process. Accordingly SPK desired to subvert mental illness, forging it into a weapon against society.
The following are clear examples of the SPK's slogans - epitomizing their ideological objectives:
"Therapy through violence."
"Bomb for mental health."
"Kill for inner peace."
"The system has made us sick."
"Let us strike the death blow to the sick system."
When parts of the group instigated their militant praxis, Dr. Huber was imprisoned (June 1971) and the group was eventually dissolved.
...For the SPK, illness really exists as an undeniable fact and it is caused by the capitalist system. The SPK is pro illness, in favor of illness, considering illness as the protest against capitalism and considering illness the anticipation of the human species that does not yet exist but that should be created through illness. The SPK fights against capitalism and against all doctors considering them to be the ruling class of the system and poisonous to the human species…
…In a 4-room apartment at Heidelberg, the SPK aimed to establish a free space for political therapy, re-framing illness as a contradiction created by capitalism, which could be embraced to bring an end to the system which gave it life. They believed that the sick formed a revolutionary class of dispossessed people, who could be radicalized to struggle against oppression. Organizing by sickness instead of socio-economic class allowed middle-class, student leftists to articulate their own feelings of psychic and political oppression and struggle against the status quo in their own right, along with other oppressed groups. Additionally, sickness had the advantage of being, according to the SPK, familiar to everyone, and so everyone was a potential revolutionary, so long as they disavowed the medical establishment. Like other anti-psychiatry experiments, such as Kingsley Hall and Villa 21, they questioned the patient/doctor division, going so far as to call for an end to the "doctor's class".
The collective produced leaflets, held teach-ins, and petitioned the school to increase awareness and gain recognition for their experiment, which was informed by Hegel, Marx, Freud, and Reich. They conducted individual and group agitations, called "single" and "group agitations", working from 9 am to 10 pm or later.
One study, for example, suggested that the loss of life from income inequality in the US in 1990 was the equivalent of the combined loss of life due to lung cancer, diabetes, motor vehicle accidents, HIV infection, suicide and homicide.
Some research comparing different groups in different countries suggests that people in lower socio-economic groups in more equal countries do better than those in lower socio-economic groups in more unequal countries. They may even sometimes do better than people in higher socio-economic groups in more unequal countries.
Originally posted by Leftist
reply to post by TheXoor
If you are depressed because you are experiencing injustices of various sorts, the shrink will help steer you towards self-blame ("look within") and medication.
Originally posted by particlezen
You can blame external forces for making you feel sad but ultimately how you choose to respond to those feelings of sadness is up to you. Pay negative thoughts too much attention and eventually they become you.