I like my article the uninflated size it is, at which
neither truth nor comedy are distorted. Inflatio ad absurdum is just as
dangerous, my brother, as reductio. But its gross tumescence is even less
attractive, which is the whole problem with Paxil. Fattening up,
hypersymptomizing, discomfort is bad enough; calling a "chemical
imbalance" in the brain that "makes" one feel uncomfortable in public
settings a disorder instead of a symptom itself is not just a cheap trick of
semantics but a trick turned, as well, by the medical profession — for a
pretty penny indeed, with several tens of millions lined up at the hopper.
I don't know about you but the sight of so many would-be
therapeutics waiting pantingly for their psychonarcotic devirginization is
enough to make me ill all by it- and myself. The point is not that Paxil can
be, or is, "quite helpful" in at least some circumstances. I am not
the one arguing against the sedation of our insane. The problem with Paxil — I
think this came out somewhere between Exploding Balls and Itchy Uvula — is
that it lowers the bar for Disorder-liness so low that drug therapy becomes a
reflex, an assumption, a very glib and dense and chintzy and dangerous
sensation of "It helps, so it can't be bad." First, do no harm —
second, do no capricious help. (Remember marijuana works wonders for anxiety,
too, in cop-free environments.) Paxil is bad on the scale that distributing
morphine for paper cuts and hangnails would be. Only this, you see, treats not
stubbed toes but stubbed egos.
If you're willing to alleviate a statistical cohort of their mental neurosis in tradesies for a full quarter of the
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?