Batman: Gotham Adventures (1998-2003) #26

“Now that I have your attention… I’m going to ask again. Who can tell me about something called “Kristov”?”

Now, that’s one way to make an interest!

And I know I say this in pretty much any issue I cover of Gotham Adventures, but it always holds true and bares repeating. I adore how they utilized Tim as an audience insert to teach them about Batman’s values, his methodology, and basically how to do basic detective work. 

It’s part of the value of having a young, tutoring partner with him and was what Robin was intended to do from the beginning. 

Young people often ask me why psychiatrists and psychologists don’t understand that it is normal for kids to rebel against being controlled. The answer, I believe, is that many psychiatrists and psychologists are not in touch with how extremely obedient they are.

-Depathologizing the Spirit of Resistance, Bruce Levine, Z Magazine, Oct 2005

i read this article for school and it kinda changed my life. i can’t really find it anywhere on the internet. i would like totes re-type it if anyone is interested in reading it.

In every generation there will be: 1) authoritarians, the passionate of whom are fascists, 2) bourgeois/ yuppies, who enjoy anti-authoritarian books, music, and movies, but don’t act on them, and 3) genuine anti-authoritarians, who are so pained by exploitative hierarchies that they take action. Sometimes anti-authoritarian action is obvious, more often it is subtle, and too often it is futile. Only rarely do anti-authoritarians take effective direct action that inspires others to revolt, but every once in a while a Tom Paine comes along. So control-freaks take no chance, and the state-corporate partnership criminalizes anti-authoritarianism, pathologizes it, markets drugs to “cure” it, and financially intimidates those who might buck the system.
—  Bruce Levine, “Depathologizing the Spirit of Resistance”, Z Magazine, October 2005

Batman: Gotham Adventures (1998-2003) #26

Honestly, this is probably one of the most popular Batman stories that, like, no one has read for themselves in the fandom, from what I can tell. So it’s obviously time I tried to cover this and set the record straight for all the Batfans out there.

In other words: Why Your Batman Sucks If He Couldn’t Fit In This Story.

Because this is, without hesitation, the best. And every Batman should be able to fit with a variation of this story or else it’s not Batman. Looking at you, Nolan.

What’s impossible to ignore is how many of the individuals diagnosed with mental disorders are essentially anti-authoritarians. This was potentially a large army of anti-authoritarian activists that mental health professionals are keeping off democracy battlefields by convincing them that their depression, anxiety, and anger are a result of their mental illnesses and not, in part, a result of their pain over being in dehumanizing environments.
—  Bruce E. Levine

Historian Bruce Levine explores the destruction of the old South and the reunified country that emerged from the Civil War in his new book, The Fall of the House of Dixie. He says one result of the Emancipation Proclamation was a flood of black men from the South into the Union Army:

“By the end of the Civil War, nearly 200,000 black men had served in either the Union army or the Union navy, and that alone was an enormous military assistance to the Union at a time when volunteering had fallen drastically and when there was a great deal of hostility to the draft. So these 200,000 men significantly contributed to giving the Union army the volume, the bulk, the size that they needed to cope with their Confederate opponents, and that gave the union the power, ultimately, to overwhelm the opposition.”

photo via slideshare

Bruce Levine on the reaction in the African-American community to Union recruitment efforts during the Civil War:

There were at least some slaves who still believed what others had been telling them during most of the war, namely … ‘This is a white man’s war, stay out.’ … And others, because having just been freed and finally given the opportunity to live the life of free men and women, didn’t relish the prospect of immediately being separated from their families and possibly killed before they could realize the benefits of that freedom. But very, very large numbers responded very enthusiastically to the chance finally to, in great numbers, take organized collective action in pursuit of the freedom of their people.

200,000 African-Americans fought for the Union.

Unidentified African-American soldier in Union corporal’s uniform via the Library of Congress.

Book jacket for Random House  |  Art Director: Robbin Schiff  |  Designer: Christopher Sergio  |  Published 2013

So, I went into private practice, where I received many referrals for teenagers diagnosed with ODD from colleagues who were uncomfortable with these kids. As I worked with the kids, I found that not only did I like most of them, but I also respected the vast majority of them, as they had real courage. They don’t comply with authorities whom they consider to be illegitimate and, most of the time, I concurred with their assessment. If they do respect an authority, they aren’t obnoxious and usually they clamor for adults whom they can respect and who genuinely respect them. Not only are these kids not mentally ill, many of them are what I consider to be the hope of the nation.

Bruce E. Levine

How Psychologists Subvert Democratic Movements