Bill Moyers Interview with Robert Jay Lifton

“Losing Reality: Can We Get the Truth Back?”

Robert spoke with Bill Moyers about his most recent book, Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry, and how it relates to current events for Moyers’ podcast, Moyers on Democracy.

Listen to a SoundCloud recording of the interview and read a copy of the transcript on the Moyers website, or listen to the episode anywhere you get your podcasts.

The New Press, Oct 2019


A Duty to Warn

Bill Moyers interviewed Robert Jay Lifton last week on the concerns expressed about the current president by a number of mental health professionals.

The central point is that a psychiatrist has a “duty to warn” when they perceive a risk of harm, but this duty is balanced by the Goldwater Rule, which warns against diagnosis outside of a clinical setting.

Dr. Lifton has written the foreword to The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, a collection of essays by psychiatrists assessing the mental health of Donald Trump. It will be published October 3 by St. Martin’s Press.