I hope I can do justice to the connection here.
Back in January, I wrote that the economics of our love affair with modern psychiatry are inexorable. The broad context of that thought was actually national security. As I watched "The Vanishing Oath" I was filled with apprehension that my instincts in this regard are not paranoid at all; they might even come too late to warn.
Western Civilization, or American Civilization (whatever one wants to name this first cultural superpower since the Roman Empire), has incorporated a fundamental and potentially fatal error: the utter invalidation of individual intuition, free will, responsibility, original creativity and spirituality as the motive force for human improvement, in favor of acquired materialistic data and perfected technical process.
This is obvious in the sad complaints by doctors about the recent ruination of the medical profession. I could be quite unsympathetic, because these same people were perfectly willing to allow the psychiatric charlatans to claim status as healers, when they were never anything but enforcers and punishers.
The degradation of medicine into commoditized "health care" is just one outcome of our conviction that applying rationality and science to human biology is the obvious way to solve the whole human condition and make everybody happy forever.
The ultimate expression of that same conviction may be mandatory psychopharmacology. But the psychiatrists in New Orleans this week were all about collaboration and "Fostering Adherence (N.B., not compliance) to Psychotropic Medications". This was in fact the title of course 36 on Sunday, directed by Luis Ramirez, M.D. and Richard A. McCormick, Ph.D. Dr. Ramirez gave a telling indication of how toxic the prospect of forcibly medicating anyone is these days, with a grinning, almost devilish statement: "I personally LOVE long-acting injections and implants!" When you only have to dose a patient once a month or so, this issue of adherence - or compliance or coercion - needs to be confronted only rarely.
The broad demoralization of doctors is a canary in a coal mine. The increasing complexity and skyrocketing need for great subtlety and ever more creative euphemisms with regard to forcing people into treatment with psychotropics is another one. Maybe something is about to blow up ... "Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the world."