21 October 2010

Victimhood v. empowerment

Ah, the poor, sad little lefties. They don't know how to handle this story of a couple of 14-year old black kids who killed a drink and drug addict who had molested the girl's younger sister because the Crown Prosecution Service chose not to proceed on a complaint of molestation lodged by her and another girl.

Leaving aside the background awfulness of a family whose father is in prison in England and whose mother is in prison in Grenada, surely the lefties should celebrate these young rebels, determined to obtain for themselves the justice denied to them by "the system". Is that not what they are encouraging state employees to do?

I would not hesitate to do the same if some sleaze molested anyone I love, so why should I not applaud them?


  1. This is a situation which involves much mutual 'complicity.' People with destroyed primary relationships may both depend on each other and resent each other. They are both exploited and exploiting.

    This sort of casual, drug-riddled and day-to-day mode of living is not really subject to ordinary legal or moral judgments. It is alien to and outside of what we call normal. It mirrors the kinds of relationships which are found in similar bottom-of-the-barrel societies in many countries. Casual sex, incest, drugs, and violence are completely common among such people. It is morally 'anomalous' and probably should be dealt with at discretion by some tribunal of merciful but resourceful officials who can readily discriminate between legitimate 'victims' and hard-core offenders.

  2. Are they already unsalvageable by 14-15? If the facts are as reported, I think killing that POS was in many ways a moral act - they were acting in defence of another.

  3. Vicious sociopathic behaviour reaches down well before the age of 14. Whether this was a 'justified' retaliation or not,the precise nature of the offensive behaviour which occasioned this killing is unclear to me. And I suspect that there is a great deal more to this than meets the eye and ear of the Headline-seeking Press Corps.

    The question of how to change feral or amoral behaviour in young people is a slightly different issue. The best thought I can come up with is a 'tough love' training scheme which rewards cooperative responses.

    Having taught criminally-inclined youth of various races for a number of years in both
    America and (two years) in Pakistan, I find it hard to generalize about whether or how or if
    a particular person's behaviour can be signally
    affected for the better. For many it likely can be, for others it cannot. There seem to be very few programs which specialize in this.

  4. We're slightly at cross purposes. I was simply remarking at the murder of logic explicit in trying to portray as passive victims two kids who actively took up arms to avenge a wrong and to prevent another.