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Freud in America

Daniel Akst has this commentary in the WSJ on the 100th anniversary of Sigmund Freud's famous trip to America, a country he despised. Regrettably, the feeling was not mutual. Reading old California criminal law opinions from the 50s and 60s, I get the impression that the justices were infatuated with psychiatry. The infinitely wise gurus had the human mind all figured out. That was why we could safely adopt the "modern" view that violent criminals were sick people needing treatment rather than evil people deserving punishment. Years later, real science exposed the treatments as worthless. A lot of people died or suffered other victimizations from that folly. Let us be sure not to repeat those mistakes.

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