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Talking about bullying is the new bullying

David Cortman at TownHall.com makes a case for how the whole bullying discussion seems to be more than just concern about kids on the schoolyard. Check it out

I’ve been bothered by the discussion myself, suspecting that the real bullying is being done by those who are increasingly defining bullying as simply disagreeing with the left’s political orthodoxy.  Witness speech codes on campuses, and talk of “micro-aggressions,” a pseudo-science-y term if I’ve ever heard one.

We live in scary times.  Scarier if you’re not a liberal or leftist, because the powers that be in government, education and media appear to be conspiring to shut you up.  Bullying is not a big social issue.  People have been picking on each other for, well, for ever.  And people have been dealing with it.

It’s not a growing social problem.  It’s not even a social problem.  It’s a problem of individuals.  A bully is very often a kid who feels inadequate and has a hard time figuring out how to improve things, so he lashes out.  Or there may be deeper issues, including mental illness, drug use, parental abuse, etc. All of these are a problem.  But at its core, bullying is a problem for one kid at a time. And because it’s a problem of individuals, I’m very suspicious of those who try to frame in the context of a social problem — a problem of groups —  and try to make rules and regulations to deal with it.

Somehow, this kind of thinking needs to be corrected, because it’s terribly destructive, and gives power to people who make vague rules based on feelings and group dynamics.  You know.  Grown-up bullies.  We should be afraid of this, and fight it.