The ad hominem attack of mental
illness accusations used to quell or impeach a political dissident
. In extreme
cases it leads to the medically unnecessary comital of the dissident
to a mental
institution and/or the forcing of the dissident
to take pacifying or punitive medication.
It is a particularly effective method
for totalitarian regimes as they can shield the public from viewing evidence supporting the claims of the dissident
. It is also effective
when the dissident
has inherently eccentric behavior that can be magnified by the frustrations of dealing with
the government's accusations.With
freedom of the press and the internet
it is becoming an increasingly
The best defense is to communicate through
an attorney, remain calm at all times, and amass as much evidence as possible before
raising further dissent.
Soviets, Maoist China, Nazi Germany, Ceausescu Romania, ...
Doctor Johnson is engaged
in political psychiatry to keep a lid on the mayor
's corruption. The mayor
paid Johnson to say Mr. Smith is crazy
so the press would stop giving him interviews.