Skip to comments.Duke Historian Trivializes Autism
Posted on 02/19/2018 12:51:25 PM PST by Academiadotorg
Duke University historian Nancy MacLean, not content to do slap and tickle histories, has gone on to trivialize a malady that afflicts millions.
"Nancy MacLean, the Duke University historian who wrote Democracy in Chains, the deeply conspiratorial and much-criticized biography of public choice economist James Buchanan, told an audience in New York last week that Buchanan and other early leaders of the limited-government movement 'seem to be on the autism spectrum,'" Robby Soave reports on Reason.com. "According to MacLean, there is a connection between autism and libertarianism, and that connection is not feeling 'solidarity or empathy,' and having 'kind of difficult human relationships sometimes.'"
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You think autistic libertarians are unfortunate?
Are you calling them retards in an oblique fashion?
How was “autism” treated in the 1940s?
I’m not even calling them autistic. Read the article. Don’t confuse the source with the author. That’s why I use quotation marks and lots of quotes.
Suggest you start here:
You’re pimping your own stuff.
Don’t even try to say you aren’t.
Post it, then.
That’s a very good question. I never heard about it until the 80s.
It was well known in the ‘60s and studies were done on it even earlier than that! The problem is, today, almost EVERYONE can be places on an “AUTISM SPECTRUM” because they ballooned the categories to such an extent, that that term is now pretty meaningless.
Or the 60s?
It ranges all the way from hyperactivity on the low end to what used to be called mental retardation on the high end.
It depends on just how “bad”/severe the autism was. Many autistic children ( most had other problems as well, though ), were either institutionalized or sent to special schools for the mentally retarded.
And since there were studies ( for REAL scientific ones, unlike today! ), done on autism, as far back as the 1930s, that I know of, it's NOT anything "new".
narcissistic people usually are low in empathy
LIBS/DIMS name-call because that’s all they have.
you’re right: when you get past that there’s really nothing.
Schools "ballooned the categories" because parents can collect money for 'disabled' children - and so can the schools..
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