Another day, another stumble upon a new educational “field” that most of us don’t want to pay 40,000$ to impress our family with. Today’s discovery is that of an older post concerning that social justice culture blog, Vox Populi and “psychopolitics”. (No not Vox Day’s Vox Popol) It starts off rather innocently and ends in an interesting and unintended rabbit hole
In particular the about me “resume” of one of the co-founders, Nisha Gupta, is probably one of the most ironic I’ve ever seen.
“She explores the use of art and social media as interventions to foster societal empathy and bridge differences.”
I’m almost flabbergasted in this could be mistaken for veiled sarcasm, but assuming she isn’t a usurper troll of vast privilege, this is again some rather real irony.
Since when has social media ever been used as a means to foster social empathy on targeted heretics? Memories Pizza anyone? Donglegate? The call-out culture social justice warriors use doesn’t bridge differences, it exacerbates them. It eliminates the “civilians” and turns everyone into front-line soldiers that are essentially cannon fodder with no training. They never expect the war, but it doesn’t stop their lives from being turned into WW1 no-man land’s shell shocked moonscapes.
Maybe I’m reading into this, but “interventions” on social media are more like inquisition racks. Someone is called out, and everyone shames them for at least a 48 hour period. Perhaps, that is the entire point. Now the interventions she desires are far more devious in nature and not just limited to those on social media. To understand this, you have to enter the underground manifesto like world of “Psychopolitics.”
What In The Hell Is Pyschopolitics?
“Psychopolitics“ is an apt description for “Clinical Psychology” that deals with the impact of social justice in that it’s often rather psycho in the treatment of the supposed bad privileged people perpetuating those worldwide social injustices.
I didn’t exaggerate the psycho nature of “psychopolitics.”
Most of us who live and interact in the non safe-space real world probably have never of this term. I sure as hell hadn’t. A necessary google search turned up a rather nasty and blunt summary of “Psychopolitics.” on the first page.
“Asserting and maintaining dominion over the thoughts and loyalties of individuals, officers, bureaus, and masses…”
Well, at least it’s honest.
Here’s a fun summary from Pyschopolitics on the subject with the same name, of which is some kind of communist manual on conquering populations.
“A psycho politician must work hard to produce the maximum chaos in the fields of “mental healing.” He must recruit and use all the agencies and facilities of “mental healing.” He must labor to increase the personnel and facilities of “mental healing” until at last the entire field of mental science is entirely dominated by Communist principles and desires.”
Substitute “communist” for Social Justice Warrior, even though alot of SJWs would embrace the principles of communism if not the label outright. Mental healing can be substituted for fostering social empathy. Try doing some more substitutions below:
“A psychopolitician must work hard to produce the maximum chaos in the fields of ‘mental healing.’ He must recruit and use all the agencies and facilities of ‘mental healing.’ He must labor to increase the personnel and facilities of ‘mental healing’ until at last the entire field of mental science is entirely dominated by Communist principles and desires.
To achieve these goals the psychopolitician must crush every ‘home-grown’ variety of mental healing in America. Actual teachings of James, Eddy and Pentecostal Bible faith healers amongst your mis-guided people must be swept aside. They must be discredited, defamed, arrested, stamped upon even by their own government until there is no credit in them and only Communist-oriented ‘healing’ remains. You must work until every teacher of psychology unknowingly or knowingly teaches only Communist doctrine under the guise of ‘psychology.’ You must labor until every doctor and psychiatrist is either a psycho-politician or an unwitting assistant to our aims.”
“The interdisciplinary nature of psychopolitical validity lends itself to empowerment studies and social change  and could potentially be a useful construct in other critical disciplines within the academy. Prilleltensky and Fox suggest that psychopolitical validity should be institutionalized as a method of preventing wellness and justice from being discussed in isolation. This type of validity brings the two concepts together and politicizes the concept of wellness promotion.”
Anyone else seeing that mutual connection or should I say synonym-like exchange between “mental healing” and “wellness promotion?” But why focus on the mental wellness fields for interdisciplinary reasons?
The definition which I assume comes from Prilleltensky is rather telling:
“Psychopolitical validity refers to the extent to which studies and interventions in the community integrate (a) knowledge with respect to multidisciplinary and multilevel sources, experiences, and consequences of oppression, and (b) effective strategies for promoting psychological and political liberation in the personal, relational, and collective domains…”
The use of this word and what it means to Social Justice advocates is telling. It’s just yet another example of how important the war over words in our culture and the connotation of who uses them is so important.
That cushy and noble concept of “liberation” in social justice speak is yet another code for the chaos and resulting domination mentioned from the Pyschopolitics website. By liberating the “mental health” and wellness fields, they seek to destroy it and then rebuild it in their own god-like image with their own definitions, experts, and influence . Note, this is the exact same thing that’s happened to much of higher academia since the last 1840s and Horace Mann and John Dewey didn’t even try to hide the social conditioning element to the education they had planned for the country’s malleable youth.
A rise in what psychologists could consider “disorders” these days might be more political in nature then we realize. If you are deemed to have any kind of mental disorder – a list that is expanding exponentially every year – there are alot of fields, jobs, and other lifestyle choices you would be excluded from as well as numerous amounts of medication you would constantly need to swallow.
You of course can’t run for political office because you aren’t mentally “well” in the social justice definition of psychology. For one, you most certainly can’t own a firearm. (In fact, in states where I live like Illinois, just 1 out of 10 doctors declaring you mentally unstable or “mentally retarded” is enough to ensure that you can never legally own a firearm.) You also might be excluded from certain public places, buildings, and jobs because of the “risk” you might present.
Any dissenting opinions could be considered a disorder of some kind and those of course are expensive and MUST be treated. The pills, clinics, therapy, and health services would ensure financial profitability. On the trendy side, at least the new normal will be to not be normal – which would include a large segment of the population.
If you think about about it, this is exactly what social justice advocates are trying to in every sphere of life today. Diversity of opinion isn’t for those who have “privilege” and individuals who step out of line and they would need to be subjected to accepted thoughtspeak and wellness promotion to get them back to mental health.
A New Impending Attack
Look at who controls much of mental health institutions and it probably only a matter of time before the concept of “mental healing” takes on a very ideological underside. Maria Konnikova made the case about how dominant those of liberal persuasion have become in the higher academia departments of Psychology point in her article, “Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?” for TheNewYorker They of course hold that field of “study” with an iron fist. (Again an example that absolute power corrupts absolutely.)
One paper I came across by Kathy A. Gainor entitled “Social Justice: The Moral Imperative of Vocational Psychology” expands on this goal. The Association for Psychological Science is even more direct when it comes to intertwining into educational curriculum and courses, “Putting Social Justice into Practice in Psychology Courses.” Here’s just a tidbit as to what putting social justice into their courses means to them:
“Explain to students that psychology is not always value free. Modern psychology is often framed as a science that uses empirical methods to advance knowledge about the mind, the brain, and behavior in an objective manner. However, students also should understand that psychologists’ worldviews shape the questions we pose in research, the strategies we use to answer those questions, and how we understand phenomena.
For example, most psychological research uses quantitative methods. Students learn to conduct quantitative studies in research methods courses; instructors most often rely on quantitative findings to inform their lectures. Psychology instructors can teach about qualitative research that models greater power-sharing between researchers and participants through its open-ended questioning and community immersion (Kidder & Fine, 1997). Moreover, qualitative research can advance social justice by amplifying the voices of research participants, particularly people who have been mischaracterized by psychology and broader society, such as women, people of color, and sexual minorities.”
Whenever SJWs talk about “amplifying” marginalized voices, they really mean is that you would give far more emphasis, validity, and credibility to those specific voices and the research they produce – often of very dubious scientific nature. Alot of the early “privilege” theory comes from what is known as “Standpoint Theory” along with “Muted-Group Theory” which is basically the idea that because marginalized minority voices haven’t gotten enough voice in history – a mistaken and false conclusion – researchers, teachers, and society overall must give much more attention to said voices then any other ones. Essentially, those minority marginalized voices must be given 70% or more of the attention and the scraps will be distributed among the rest until society is “balanced” Note, no SJW knows or has even formulated a position as to when that actually will occur so luckily for them, that horse can always be beaten for eternity.