We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I used to live in a town in Illinois that had a state mental institution... that subsequently closed (1970's) in one of Illinois' periodic state budget crises. I don't recall that type of incident since that happened after I left, but I do remember hearing friends snicker about "those crazy people" who then walked the streets after being expelled from their adult daycare centers and halfway houses. Mainstreaming it was called, the theory being if we treat them as 'normal' they will shape up to be 'normal'.... never acknowledging that mental illness by definition is not 'normal'. That mainstreaming has been a favorite pet of liberals for ages, and we all pay the social price of investing in their experiments in social justice.
One of the biggest problems with the immigration debate is that the system of LEGAL immigration is beyond broken, and has been since the "country-quota" system was changed in the 1960's. we should be ACTIVELY seeking the legalization and naturalization of those foreign-born individuals who earn so many of the hard science and engineering degrees in our universities; THAT bureaucratic nightmare must be fixed.
Another method to diffuse the Cartel Drug wars that are occurring on our southern border is to "legalize" (and tax the crap out of) drugs such as cannabis. Why not use “market forces” to eliminate the criminals’ income stream? They arguably have less detrimental health effects on individuals than either alcohol or tobacco. Taxing them will surely assist state and local governments with closing their budget deficits. We should be well aware by now that “prohibition” doesn’t work!
"The strict Thomas Szasz Libertarian approach is simply to treat the mentally ill the same way we would treat normal people. The problem is, that does not happen. We can't treat them like everyone else because they aren't like everyone else. If I went into a store and punched out a clerk, I'd be charged with assault and battery, I'd show up in court to face charges, and if convicted I would get probation or prison. On a fourth offense, I would most likely be sent up for a period of time. The problem with mentally ill people is they don't show up for court dates, judges don't want to send them to prison because they don't belong there and will be victimized, and everything just gets deferred until they really do something bad. (Like, saw open someone's chest.) And so, while I would agree that it's inhumane to send someone like that to prison, where should they go? It's completely dysfunctional to just pretend they're normal. (Just a regular old customer with body odor who lost his temper....) Same thing with the term "homeless" -- the implication being they're just like the rest of us only they lack housing."
But we could "treat the mentally ill the same way we would treat normal people". How? Kick them out of stores: the proprietors have a right to their property and to sequester it from very, very, very smelly people!
If they go into a store and punch out a clerk, they should be charged with assault and battery and put in jail.
If they don't show up for court dates, judges should send them to prison because they do belong there.
Then we can send Christian missions to prisons and help them there, after they have been deloused and bathed.
Szasz is right. We have the right to avoid these guys in private settings. (And in public ones where we are prevented from use of these facilities by smells.) They - the smelly - have the right to the limited detentions that prison sentences enforce instead of the unlimited caging that "mental health" incarceration entails.
Spare us the foolishness about their victimization in prisons. Lift up the curtain on victimization in "mental heath" facilities.
Szasz is right. Mental illness is a vapid and harmful analogy. Their is nothing organically wrong with the brains of most of these folks. To refuse to hold all, including the very smelly, subject to the impartial rules of justice is injustice. To us and ultimately to them.