By Joseph Young
In social science, there aren’t really laws like gravity. There are always exceptions. Most theories are probabilistic. We expect some thing on average to go up whenever another thing goes down (or up). We look at trends and note the exceptions and hope to get it right more than we get it wrong.
One process, from my observation, seems nearly law-like. Violence begets violence.
This week, a twelve-year-old boy in Bakersfield California was convicted of murder. The crime was shooting his father, Jeff Hall, a former midlevel operative in the National Socialist Movement, in the head with a .357 revolver. His father allegedly beat the boy, his mother, and siblings, taught him how to shoot, and provided him with a worldview that justifies violence.
Sometimes violence is necessary, sometimes it is unavoidable, sometimes it may be the moral decision, but I think whatever the justification for its use, it will (almost) always generate more of itself.