Second Open Letter to the Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia. (Addendum)

Degradation Rituals

(…)”A degradation ritual or degradation ceremony is a process by which authorities take action to lower a person’s status (Garfinkel 1956). Formal rituals include reprimands, investigations and referring people to psychiatrists. Informal rituals include tirades from the boss and condemnations at staff meetings. Degradation rituals are regularly used against whistleblowers, sending a signal to any witnesses about the unacceptability of the target and the target’s actions.”(…)

Published in A. J. Brown, David Lewis, Richard Moberly and Wim Vanderkerckhove (editors), International Handbook on Whistleblowing Research (Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar, 2014), pp. 497-521.

Available via Brian Martin – suppression of dissent website:

Chaos Theory and Pharmacology

Dear Professors of Psychiatry (*)
Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia
Ref: First Open Letter: Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

1. The lack of answer, it is also an answer by itself.


“to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing”


“French acquiescer, from Latin acquiescere, from ad- + quiescere to be quiet — more at quiescent

First Known Use: 1651″

Related to ACQUIESCE

“A silent or passive assent or submission, or a submission with apparent content; – distinguished from avowed consent on the one hand, and on the other, from opposition or open discontent; quiet satisfaction.”

Submission to an injury by the party injured, or tacit concurrence in the action of another.”

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