Franco Basaglia

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Franco Basaglia
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Name: Franco Basaglia
Date of Birth: March 11th, 1924
Occupation: psychiatrist/professor
Ethnicity: Italian

Franco Basaglia was an Italian professor, neurologist, and psychiatrist who argued that persistent and extreme mental distress was mainly caused by systemic social exclusion.

He saw the mental hospital as the best example of social exclusion causing mental distress. However the mental hospital was simply a summary of the problems of psychiatry, not an isolated problem.

He also argued that involuntary mental health treatments mostly serve to quiet and strike fear in patients. And that psychiatry overreaches as the scientific wing of the control of social deviancy.


His work led to a nationwide decrease in psychiatric treatment in Italy still felt today in Italy due to "Basaglias Law" passed in parliament. His philosophy regarding social exclusion was later shared (accidentally) by modern intellectuals such as Paul Moloney and Jordan Peterson. However, Jordan Peterson gives psychiatry carte blanche, unlike Basaglia, as Jordan thinks one should use whatever one is offered by society for alleviation of psychic distress.

Incel Party[edit]

Franco Basaglia's philosophy on the psyche bears the most resemblance to Incel Party's attitude towards the mental distress of incels.

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