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"I Have Autism. Why An Autocracy Scares Me": Daily Kos

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- Daily Kos, Sept. 19, 2021.

~ I want to preface this story with a caveat for people who know me IRL that I am not cross-posting it to any of my social media accounts and ask that this story not be shared on Facebook. My identity on Twitter is less known, so I may tweet a link to this via my “nameless” Twitter feed, but for reasons that I won’t get into here, I’d rather keep this diary semi-anon for now. Maybe that makes me a coward, but I simply don’t have the emotional bandwidth to put my full self behind the boofdah guise “out there” right now. Thanks in advance - boof ~

In early 2018, after a day-long psych evaluation from my psychologist at the time, I received a diagnosis I had not initially expected: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Requiring Support, Without Accompanying Intellectual/Language Impairment. My psychologist had recommended that I undergo the psych evaluation, one of which I had not had previously since I was three or four years old, as a tool for her to analyze tangible data to make such a diagnosis. She was the first therapist I had seen aside from my psychopharmacologist who was also a doctor, and I had the impression that she was more data-driven than LMHCs with whom I’d sought therapy previously.

After completing the psych eval, I dreaded receiving the results. I’d long known that I’d had (and had received earlier diagnoses of) depression and anxiety, but after decades of receiving all manner of mental health counseling, feared that I’d had something more serious that had gone undetected--something akin to psychosis, like schizophrenia, that could have terrible impacts on my personal and professional life and livelihood.

Being diagnosed with autism was the last thing I expected. My psychologist quietly explained to me that she suspected I’d had the condition all my life, but due to my being intelligent and reasonably friendly, my being on the spectrum had gone persistently under the radar. She reassured me that I was on the more mild, Asperger’s end of the spectrum, being “high-performing” enough to have gained a reasonably successful, upwardly mobile profession as a quality-assurance editor and to have also built a loving relationship with a good, kind-hearted husband and raised two children with him that we had adopted...

- More,

- How the Nazis viewed people with disabilities. The image caption reads: "60,000 Reichsmarks. This is what this person suffering from hereditary defects costs the Community of Germans during his lifetime. Fellow Citizen, that is your money, too."

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Sun Sep 19, 2021, 09:32 PM

1. The christofascists already think of people with disabilities this way.

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Sun Sep 19, 2021, 09:45 PM

2. Carrie Buck, the Eugenics Crusade. 'Three generations

of imbeciles are enough,' Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1927.

In his opinion, Justice Holmes wrote:

We have seen more than once that the public welfare may call upon the best citizens for their lives. It would be strange if it could not call upon those who already sap the strength of the State for these lesser sacrifices, often not felt to be such by those concerned, in order to prevent our being swamped with incompetence. It is better for all the world, if instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind. The principle that sustains compulsory vaccination is broad enough to cover cutting the Fallopian tubes.... Three generations of imbeciles are enough.

(Wiki). Carrie Elizabeth Buck (July 3, 1906 – January 28, 1983) was the plaintiff in the United States Supreme Court case Buck v. Bell, after having been ordered to undergo compulsory sterilization for purportedly being "feeble-minded." The surgery, carried out while Buck was an inmate of the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, took place under the authority of the Eugenical Sterilization Act of 1924, part of the Commonwealth of Virginia's eugenics program.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrie_Buck

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Sun Sep 19, 2021, 11:42 PM

3. Nazi Physicians as Leaders in Eugenics and "Euthanasia," NIH, 2018

NIH, Abstract: This article, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Doctors’ Trial at Nuremberg, reflects on the Nazi eugenics and “euthanasia” programs and their relevance for today. The Nazi doctors used eugenic ideals to justify sterilizations, child and adult “euthanasia,” and, ultimately, genocide. Contemporary euthanasia has experienced a progression from voluntary to nonvoluntary and from passive to active killing. Modern eugenics has included both positive and negative selective activities.

The 70th anniversary of the Doctors’ Trial at Nuremberg provides an important opportunity to reflect on the implications of the Nazi eugenics and “euthanasia” programs for contemporary health law, bioethics, and human rights. In this article, we will examine the role that health practitioners played in the promotion and implementation of State-sponsored eugenics and “euthanasia” in Nazi Germany, followed by an exploration of contemporary parallels and debates in modern bioethics.1

The involvement of health practitioners in conceptualizing, initiating, and implementing Nazi mass murder remains an unparalleled case of medicine and public health’s participation in genocide.2 By January 1933, more than half of the German medical profession had joined the Nazi Party and many participated in the murder of Jews, Sinti, and Roma; the disabled; the mentally ill; and other “unfit” persons under the guise of improving public health and Rassenhygiene (racial hygiene, the German version of eugenics).3,4

Doctors in Germany became tightly integrated into the Nazi Party and supportive of its ideals. During the Weimar period, a large number of German doctors were unemployed or under-employed and witnessed a decline in their honor and prestige. The Nazi Party seemed like an organization that could reestablish physicians with the power and status they had lost. In 1929, physicians within Germany formed Nationalsozialistischer Deutscher Ärtzebund (The National Socialist German Physicians’ League) and unified the goals of physicians and the State. Physicians joined the Nazi Party both earlier and in larger numbers than any other group of professionals...

More, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5719686/

- Euthanasia Centers in Germany, 1940 -1945, US Holocaust Memorial Museum,

- Hartheim Euthanasia Centre where 18,000 people were killed by the Nazis in the 'Aktion T4 campaign.'

-(Wiki). Aktion T4 was a campaign of mass murder by involuntary euthanasia in Nazi Germany. The term was first used in post-war trials against doctors who had been involved in the killings. The name T4 is an abbreviation of Tiergartenstraße 4, a street address of the Chancellery department set up in early 1940, in the Berlin borough of Tiergarten, which recruited and paid personnel associated with T4. Certain German physicians were authorised to select patients "deemed incurably sick, after most critical medical examination" and then administer to them a "mercy death" (Gnadentod). In October 1939, Adolf Hitler signed a "euthanasia note", backdated to 1 September 1939, which authorised his physician Karl Brandt and Reichsleiter Philipp Bouhler to begin the killing.

The killings took place from September 1939 until the end of the war in 1945; from 275,000 to 300,000 people were killed in psychiatric hospitals in Germany and Austria, occupied Poland and the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic). The number of victims was originally recorded as 70,273 but this number has been increased by the discovery of victims listed in the archives of the former East Germany. About half of those killed were taken from church-run asylums, often with the approval of the Protestant or Catholic authorities of the institutions.

The Holy See announced on 2 December 1940 that the policy was contrary to divine law and that "the direct killing of an innocent person because of mental or physical defects is not allowed" but the declaration was not upheld by some Catholic authorities in Germany. In the summer of 1941, protests were led in Germany by the Bishop of Münster, Clemens von Galen, whose intervention led to "the strongest, most explicit and most widespread protest movement against any policy since the beginning of the Third Reich", according to Richard J. Evans.

Several reasons have been suggested for the killings, including eugenics, racial hygiene, and saving money. Physicians in German and Austrian asylums continued many of the practices of Aktion T4 until the defeat of Germany in 1945, in spite of its official cessation in August 1941. The informal continuation of the policy led to 93,521 "beds emptied" by the end of 1941. Technology developed under Aktion T4, particularly the use of lethal gas on large numbers of people, was taken over by the medical division of the Reich Interior Ministry, along with the personnel of Aktion T4, who participated in Operation Reinhard. The programme was authorised by Hitler but the killings have since come to be viewed as murders in Germany. The number of people killed was about 200,000 in Germany and Austria, with about 100,000 victims in other European countries... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aktion_T4

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