mental illness

Madness for Decivilization

Madness for Decivilization

For much of human history, people with mental illness were thought to be possessed by gods or devils. Madness, as it was called, was believed to be supernatural, not natural. Some Greeks, including Plato, viewed mental illness as a kind of spiritual gift, a portal into new ways of seeing.

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
13 min read
Homelessness
Buying Fentanyl on the Streets of San Francisco—An Interview with Heather Mac Donald

Buying Fentanyl on the Streets of San Francisco—An Interview with Heather Mac Donald

Heather Mac Donald has written one of the most important essays on homelessness in recent memory for City Journal. In it, she argues that we’ve misunderstood the homelessness problem as a problem of poverty when it is, in reality, a problem of family breakdown and the erosion of social

Michael Shellenberger
Michael Shellenberger
6 min read
Crime