- Classifying homosexuality as a disease (including horrifying attempts at "treatment")
Done well before psychology was a science. Yes. It has not ALWAYS been one (in fact, there was a time when none of the physical sciences were actually sciences). It is NOW, and had become one by the late sixties. However, it was not when the original classification was made.
- Classifying political dissent as a disease
By that logic, geology and biology are not sciences because the Soviet Union foisted some very strange practices on said scientists. No.
Listen to yourself for a second. You are claiming something is not a science, because in the soviet union, which did not permit academic, press,political, and medical independence/freedom at all, used that field to commit people for political dissent?
- A vast array of drug and other treatments administered, often without consent, on the basis of little or no evidence of efficacy (ECT, too many drug treatments to name)
Are you narrowing down the time frame here? Or are you just going to lump the 1800s in the 2000s? How much experience with the mentally ill in the modern period do you have? Have you ever seen the about-face a schizophrenia patient will make when medicated? How about severe bi-polar disorder? I have seen both. Medications do in fact work, and they are subjected to fairly rigorous testing before they are used on people. That is a far cry from the snake oil salesmen of the 1800s, but then again, the entire of field of medicine was like this. Unless you are going to claim that the entirety of the medical sciences are quackery because doctors used leeches in the medieval period.
- All sorts of nonsense "fields" backed up by nothing, such as "primal scream therapy"
Which has not been accepted by mainstream psychologists. Every field of science has crackpots. Unless you are going to claim that biology is not science because lysenkoism existed, or that physics is not a science because Einstein rejected QM, you have nothing.
Also, it is a theraputic technique. Not an academic theory. Those two are completely different things.
- The entire field of psychoanalysis
Which has long since been rejected as NOT BEING SCIENCE. Again, that is like claiming physics is not science because at some point in its history, people thought that light passed through The Ether.
Of course there's enough data to 'prove' something that's self-evidently true. The scandal is that it was classified as a disease in the first place. The people who did so were either evil or incompetent - take your pick.
First, you are moving your goal-posts. You have been arguing in this entire thread that the reclassification to non-pathology was motivated by politics and was an error.
Second, you have used a false dichotomy. There are more options than that. Insufficient data, incorrect data, bad underlying premises. Simply prejudiced as opposed to evil.
No not really. The decision - that passed with less than 60% approval - occurred in line with the first wave of legalisations.
Which basically made it not a crime anymore to walk while gay, and only in some areas.
All habeas corpus means is that you can apply to be released if there's no legal reason for you to be held. The point is that it is legal to indefinitely detain people without trial or accusation of wrong-doing on the basis of a court order obtained from a judge by a psychiatrist, on the mere supposition that you might commit a crime.
Moving your goalposts again. A civil commitment proceeding is due process, and thus a trial. Your claim is flatly contradicted by US Federal and State law. I am sure you can find a Junta somewhere where this is not true, but guess what? That is not a problem of the science itself.
As a counter-point, what exactly do you do with someone who has command hallucinations of demons telling her to kill herself and others and who writes messages on the walls of her apartment in her own blood (Yes, a good friend of mine suffers from this)? What would you do if she did not respond to medications, as some such patients dont, or if the medications lost their effectiveness because her neuro-chemistry adapted to their presence? Just let her...stew?