New Jersey’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights”
(5:26 p.m.: Comments begin here.)
That’s not a joke. That’s the name of a law recently passed by the New Jersey state legislature and signed into law by Gov. Christie. The New York Times tells us about it:
Propelled by public outcry over the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, nearly a year ago, it demands that all public schools adopt comprehensive antibullying policies (there are 18 pages of “required components”), increase staff training and adhere to tight deadlines for reporting episodes.Eighteen pages of required components. Policing the community 24 hours a day.
From hurricanes to bullying, what is it about liberal society that makes it go insanely overboard in response to every problem that it chooses to designate as a problem? The best answer remains Samuel Francis’s theory of anarcho-tyranny: liberal society is barred from exercising authority over the things that any society needs to exercise authority over, but, to maintain its own legitimacy, it must demonstrate that it is exercising authority over something. Thus it liberates and normalizes obscenity, promiscuity, homosexuality, body scarification, and it covers up Islamic terrorism and black mob violence; but it furiously suppresses such things as smoking and tough speech among children. The more liberalism undoes whatever remains of natural and traditional order, it must impose an unnatural, politically correct order of its own.
August 30, 2011
An ounce of self-control is worth 18 pages of external control. But Liberalism doesn’t want self-control, it wants battalions of lawyers marching to the legislatures and churning out laws. I don’t think they realize what is happening, but it appears that societies without internal self-controls work this way. It’s exactly how things were in the days of Christ, you can see the Pharisees were in this mode. Kuehnelt-Leddihn elaborated this insight in Leftism Revisited. I can’t remember the exact wording, but he painted the life outside of Christianity as like an immobilizing straitjacket of superstitions and taboos.JC in Houston writes:
It doesn’t surprise me that Christie signed the bill. Despite Ann Coulter’s infatuation with him, the man is no conservative. I found a good summary of his definitely non-conservative actions on this New Jersey website some time ago.Lydia McGrew writes:
You’re probably already aware of this, but the “anti-bullying” agenda is actually part of the homosexual agenda. The “anti-bullying” legislation is going to target expressions that “bully” people on the basis of the standard “protected classes,” including sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation, and it is this latter that has driven the recent drive for such legislation. This has become especially evident here in Michigan as pro-family groups that watch the homosexual agenda have induced lawmakers to introduce amendments to proposed “anti-bullying” legislation that remove these aspects. Such amendments are always rejected.James P. writes:
Naturally, one suspects that the “anti-bullying” policies will be used to root out and punish those who disagree with the left’s political agenda. Racists, homophobes, Islamophobes—they’re all bullies! One also suspects that whites will be found disproportionately guilty of “bullying,” and this will, from the standpoint of school administrators, nicely balance out the embarrassing fact that black students are disproportionately guilty of physical violence towards others.Ron C. writes:
The NYT reports: “Each school must designate an antibullying specialist to investigate complaints; each district must, in turn, have an antibullying coordinator.”LA replies:
I’m not sure if the commenter is joking or not. I don’t remember receiving a comment from him before.Iona T. writes:
There you go again, demeaning Ron C. Sure you don’t remember any of his posts. Does a bully know anything about his victim? You probably censor him or throw away his emails. VFR does stand for Very Frightening People.LA replies:
Thanks for setting me straight.Kilroy writes:
Is this new law from the same Gov. Christie who had that encounter with Tom Moran in which the Governor declared he’d be for small government?Ken Hechtman writes:
I’m not touching this one with a ten-foot pole but I will say something about the main topic. This isn’t about “tough speech among children”. This is about something that before Columbine used to kill more people a year than the Vietnam War, mostly by driving them to suicide. And Lydia McGrew is right. A third of those suicides used to be gay kids.LA replies:
I had no idea that the much worried-about “bullying” of schoolchildren in recent years was primarily or largely “bullying” of “gay” schoolchildren.September 1
Dean Ericson writes:
Ron C.’s comment is really pretty funny. (Yes, he is joking.)LA replies:
Yes, I thought he was probably joking, but if you had seen the various hostile e-mails I receive, you’d understand why I couldn’t be sure. Some hostile correspondents have a way of mixing statements that sound like a joke with statements that convey something else.
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