The bad science, bad medicine, bad policy and bad actors are easy to identify. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel.
So what are the barriers?
Why has this not been done?
The answer to that is complex but involves a confluence of factors including psychological, political and cultural. “Feel good fallacy,” “political correctness, and moral and policy entrepreneurship have effectively swayed the targets intended. The well-funded misinformation and propaganda was cast with a large net using the same techniques others have successfully used throughout history to accomplish the same. Moral panics, moral crusades, and a plethora of logical fallacy have been used and used with considerable resources and skill.
So what can we do about it?
The first “step into the breach” is to identify the problem with the first one being the Emperor has no clothes. Once this is acknowledged it would not take long to address directly the specific problems and erroneous assumptions of this paradigm through the lenses of science, critical reasoning, ethics and common sense. If this were to be done the entire Potemkin village would fall like a house of cards.
But the very first and simplest step is to use your voice to question this authority. Neutrality is not an option. Either support what these groups are doing or question them with your voice and the written word.
The bad science, medicine, policy and actors are obvious. It would be like shooting fish in a barrel and the first target needs to be the “PHP-Blueprint.” It would be so easy to take down this “research” they are using to promote PHPs as a “gold-standard” and replicable model. Shooting fish in a barrel requires someone take aim and at this point hardly anyone is even willing to pick up the gun.
What we need is a Marcia Angell to take on the multi-billion dollar drug and alcohol testing, assessment and treatment industry.
While all eyes were focused on the drug companies these multi-billion dollar industries erected a scaffold of immunity and profit by removing (and blocking) themselves from essentially all aspects of accountability; answerability, justification for actions and the ability to be punished by outside actors. The 2009 quote in reference to “big pharma” is just as applicable to the drug and alcohol testing industry,” the inpatient assessment and treatment centers and the “authorities” pushing public policy and swaying public opinion to accept irrational and illegitimate authoritative opinion as truth.
And unlike the pharmaceutical industries carefully constructed “bent science” which requires a keen eye and critical analysis , the evidence-base supporting the testing, assessment and treatment industry rests on a foundation that can…
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