health and medicine

Pharmaco-centric capitalism: a reply to Will Self

A critique of Will Self's August article on psychiatry and "Big Pharma", focussing on the need to conjoin critique of the current practice of psychiatry with an analysis of its place within capitalism.

The eclipse and re-emergence of the antipsychiatry movement

Brief introductory post outlining what antipsychiatry is and the need for its renewal.

Madness and civilisation: a history of insanity in the age of reason - Michel Foucault

A critical history of the idea of madness in European culture and society from the Middle Ages to the modern age.

Health and happiness: confronting the waste of human life through the pursuit of joy

An article exploring the impact of institutionalization and the barren conditions of medicine for people who must live with the care of others.

How do we fight privatisation?

Some quick thoughts on privatisation and how workers can effectively challenge it.

On capitalism, queerness and living with HIV/Aids - The Expropriationist

Notes from an anarchist communist from Houston, Texas living with HIV and Aids on living with the condition and a radical response to the epidemic.

Angry Workers of the World - AWW #2 - On struggles in the health sector - Out now!

AWW #2 on struggles in the health sector...

Room to breathe in defence of the NHS

Failed by the NHS, part of BBC3's It's A Mad World season

A documentary on the failures of NHS treatment for young people with mental health problems prompted a vocal defence of the NHS. Can we criticise the shortcomings of NHS mental health care whilst arguing against NHS privatisation?

Mid Yorkshire health strike

Mid Yorkshire Hospital Strike Picket Lines

Prolongued strike action in West Yorkshire hospitals has shown that attacks by the bosses can be fought off.

Victory – albeit limited – at San Raffaele hospital

After months of difficult struggle – in which workers blocked major roads, occupied rooftops and fought with police – an agreement has been reached at Milan’s San Raffaele hospital. The agreement was reached with unions early on the morning of Friday 10th May, after 16 hours of negotiation, and was finally accepted by workers on the 16th after a series of assemblies.