7.2, Szaz, Values, Disorders and the Growth of the Therapeutic State

(Pg. 96) “Applied to behavior, especially sexual behavior, the disease label combines a description with a covert value judgment…Psychiatrists diagnose the person who eats too much as suffering from ‘bulimia’ and the person who eats to little as suffering from ‘anorexia nervosa’. Similarly, the person who has too much sex suffers from ‘sex addiction,’ while …

On mystics and seers

From von Mises in A Treatise on Economics: Human Action: “It is useless to argue with mystics and seers.” Some are able, succinctly, to say much. The density of an expression is correlated with its weight. This judgment is jam packed. It speaks to the relation between science and religion, between the poet and prophet …