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The collective of socialist patients

By: Jože Biščak

Almost exactly half a century ago, the Socialist Patients’ Collective (Sozialistisches Patientenkollektiv – SPK) was dissolved in Heidelberg, Germany. The group, which never had official status, was founded a year earlier by 50 patients of Dr Wolfgang Huber, who also led the collective. At the psychiatric clinic, he began to use unconventional approaches to treatment instead of the methods established until then. These did become the standard later in psychiatry, but the purpose and ideology that were behind it and led Huber to form a collective was daunting.

The basic thesis of the SPK was based on the assumption that all mental illnesses are caused by capitalist society. Therefore, capitalism must be abolished first, only then can patients be healed. At the time of its founding, Huber stated that “therapy must be clearly and unequivocally defined as a revolutionary act” before any treatment, and it is in the interest of patients that the goal of the fight is appropriate – “eliminating the disease-causing private sector of patriarchal society”.

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At the peak of its operation, the SPK had 500 members, some of whom became so radicalised that they joined the RAF (Rote Armee Fraktion or Red Army Faction) terrorist organisation and were later involved in several terrorist attacks. Huber and his wife Ursula (after police found weapons with members of the collective in 1971, and in 1972 there was even a shooting between the police and the SPK) were sentenced to several years in prison. But his motto that disease should be turned into a weapon for revolution is still alive today.

The heirs of Huber’s thoughts can be found in Jenull’s group of Friday riders and lunatic aggressive individuals who cannot express themselves other than through street violence. The epidemic has been exploited by these self-proclaimed leaders and the people around them for a year and a half under the guise of opposition to the center-right government for a revolutionary struggle. There is not one protest when some more, some less professional speakers do not use the same vocabulary as the SPK terrorists.

The Chinese virus is thus becoming a weapon for the new class of the left elite to violently overthrow a legal and legitimate government. Methods vary, and incitement to non-vaccination is just one way to ignite physical confrontations that have already taken place. Such militant programme items, aimed at destroying not only everything related to the right, but even parliamentary democracy, are also found in opposition parties. Their sluggish response and flat-out condemnations of the riots in central Ljubljana, when individuals (mostly of non-native roots, including Salafists) attacked police officers with granite blocks and bottles and fired rockets at the parliament building, show tacit support for the violence with which they want to come to power again. At the same time, I am almost certain that the main agitators are vaccinated, so their incitement is perverted to the edge of space and back.

No one denies anyone the right to express their opinion and express sharp criticism of the government in some places, but it is extremely vicious and vile to use the epidemic for political and ideological confrontations. Government decrees (I believe with good intentions) are known. As long as they are in force, they should be considered and adhered to, even though one may disagree with them; this is how the rule of law works. The PCT condition is a health measure that has nothing to do with ideology; what people think of the government’s decision will be told in the election.

The decision whether to vaccinate against the Chinese virus or not is ultimately the decision of every individual for whom I hope (well, at least for the vast majority) not to join the adapted modern Slovenian version of the Socialist Patients’ Collective, where you have to follow, otherwise you become useless. All those who make their own decisions and think with their head are sooner or later discarded. Remember: the left only demands your vote, not your opinion.

Jože Biščak is the editor-in-chief of the weekly Demokracija, a long-term investigative journalist, and since 2020 also the president of the Slovenian Association of Patriotic Journalists and the author of three books.

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