devaluing the time of the vulnerable, part 1

Vincent Browne in conversation with Blindboy, on September 4, 2018 talks about the consequences of the capitalist mindset that allows people to control other’s lives. In 1945 the Irish government passed the Mental Treatment Act that was entirely inadequate. Following the passing of the Act, inspections did happen between 1945 and 1967 but none of the results of these inspections were published. The reports described appalling conditions in the mental hospitals. Large dormitories with beds less than a foot apart, no curtains, no privacy, no dignity.

Time is suspended and the present refuses to pass.

Lisa Baraitser puts it in her brilliant book, Enduring Time:


Screenshot 2019-04-27 at 20.46.35beds a foot apart