Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Chicken Soup with the Broken Window Theory...

I first learned of the Broken Window Theory of crime when I read Rudolph Giuliani's book "Leadership" several years ago. The first paragraph of page 47 sums it up nicely:

When an abandoned building has a broken window, someone who would never throw a rock at an intact, occupied building may decide to break a second window. Once the building has lots of broken windows, someone might break in, steal all the copper pipes and light fixtures, use the place as a crack house and so on. Once it becomes known that the building in question is the home of squatters, drug addicts, and other interesting types there's a good chance that the neighbors will start moving away and customers will shop elsewhere. The downhill slide from there is obvious. The idea is to stop that first broken window by punishing the first rock thrower.

So what does this have to do with bullying?

When an adolescent is bullied in school and it becomes obvious that no one cares enough to punish the bully, other students participate or otherwise enable the bullying to continue. When this happens a relationship defined by fear, hatred, and a lust for revenge is established between the victim and the entire school community as a group. Sometimes this relationship grows to include the whole of society when the victim learns that bullies are coddled just about everywhere. The victim may initially become vandalous, then graduate to other, more interesting crimes simply because he's been taught to hate the civilized and child loving community he grew up in. This is apparently what developed prior to the Columbine Massacre.

So how do you discourage that first act of bullying?

School administrators, law enforcement personnel, and especially parents could begin stating in clear terms that bullies are criminals who belong in prison. It would also be wise to say very unkind things about enablers. If the bully is an athlete it would be very effective to boycott any event in which he is participating. Showing up and cheering reinforces the bully's sense of legitimacy and is a form of enabling. Adopting this as a consistent policy would undermine the bully's sense of legitimacy and its sense of security. It would also reduce the bully's parents' sense of legitimacy and discourage them from blaming the victim.

But don't hold your breath waiting for effective leadership to emerge. When it comes to bullying, the average person is some combination of mean, stupid, and callous. And as long as child loving people like Izzy Kalman and Frank DeAngelis are roaming the quiet countryside, bullies are safe from significant criticism.

And that, boys and girls, is why otherwise healthy, sane children become mass murderers in early adulthood.

Go Rebels!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Chicken Soup with the American voter.

According to this Huffington Post article 56,145,950 registered American voters attempted to install a charming, empathy deficient sociopath into our nation's highest office.

Could you people possibly dehumanize yourselves any more thoroughly?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Chicken Soup with Tagg Romney, son of Mitt, grandson of George...

The world's terrorists have another example of America's love affair with violent sociopaths to learn from.

I wrote in a previous post of my belief that Mitt Romney is a textbook sociopath. Given the fact that the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree, Mitt's son Taggert, commonly known as "Tagg" doesn't appear to be any more stable, mature, or willing to place value on the well being of others than his father.

During an interview with North Carolina radio host Bill LuMaye, Tagg Romney stated that in response to Obama's claim that Mitt Romney lied, he "wanted to jump out of his seat and rush down to the debate stage and take a swing at the President." One politician accusing another politician of being a liar is best referred to as light comedy. It's certainly doesn't justify the commission of a violent crime. But that's not the way Tagg Romney was raised to behave. He was obviously raised to be a violent bully...just like dear old Dad the scissor wielding prep school sociopath. And there's a bigger problem. By expressing the desire to physically attack the President of the United States, Tagg Romney not only revealed himself to be a bully like his father, he also put the Secret Service and the President in an awkward position. When an ordinary citizen makes a verbal threat against the President, he is at least questioned by the Secret Service. When the son of the President's opponent makes a threat, any action by the Secret Service takes on the appearance of using Presidential authority to intimidate one's opponent. If I were in charge of the Secret Service detail charged with the responsibility of protecting the President, I would have at least called Tagg aka Biff Romney in for an interview and not worried about appearances. But that's just me. I actually take violent crime seriously.

Domestic terrorists are generally working from a position of relative weakness. For this reason they cannot attack their enemies directly. Instead, they attack their enemy's enablers. And they're always looking for enablers. With this in mind, why would any American with an iota of common sense want to dehumanize himself by voting such a phony, self serving, and oh so charming sociopath into our nation's highest office?

Remember...Ted Bundy was charming too, and for much the same reason.