Thought for tomorrow

The history of madness is the history of power. Because it imagines power, madness is both impotence and omnipotence. It requires power to control it. Threatening the normal structures of authority, insanity is engaged in an endless dialogue—a monomaniacal monologue sometimes—about power’.

Roy Porter in A Social History of Madness: Stories of the Insane, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1987 p. 39

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