Quote of the Day

Western society has had little success in recreating institutions and forms of solidarity to replace those that declined in importance in the past 100 years, such as the family or the church.

This wholesale loss of group membership is manifest in a heightened desolation of liberal autonomy.

The rise in mental health diagnosis is a sign of this. It is the new market society expressed in emotional terms, a privatisation and categorisation of all human distress. Its costs have passed out of the community and on to the balance sheet of the state.

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3 Responses to “Quote of the Day”

  1. Goy Says:

    In hoc signo vinces†

    Anomie, is this what now afflicts the West.

  2. Hausdorff Says:

    I would argue that the rise in mental health diagnosis is a sign that we understand mental health much better than we used to.

  3. Ben Trovato Says:

    Good to see you blogging again Stuart! Welcome back!

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