Monday, November 25, 2013

Steyn: Knockouts High and Low

Didn't get a chance yet to post Mark Steyn's "Knockouts High and Low" but it's a very good essay (as always) that looks at the current assaults ('knockouts') on innocent individuals in America for the 'fun' of predators and the decline of real men of virtue and virtuous behaviour.

He notes: 

"There’s no economic motive. The 78-year-old in New York was laden with bags from department stores, but none were touched. You slug an elderly widow not for the 50 bucks in her purse but for the satisfaction of seeing her hit the pavement."


"Restraint is an unfashionable concept these day, but it is the indispensable feature of civilized society. To paraphrase my compatriot George Jonas, punching a spinster’s lights out isn’t wrong because it’s illegal, it’s illegal because it’s wrong. But, in a world without restraints, what’s to stop you? If a certain percentage of your population feels no moral revulsion at randomly pulverizing fellow citizens for sport, a million laws will avail you naught: The societal safety lock is off."

Meanwhile, your moral and intellectual superiors at the New York Times want to really get to the bottom of the "game".

Likewise local police chiefs, who wonder if this is all just a matter of "urban myth".

We’re trying to determine whether or not this is a real phenomenon,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Friday."

“I mean, yes, something like this can happen. But we would like to have people come forward and give us any information they have.”

So, don't believe your lying eyes, or the You Tube videos that the thugs themselves post proudly.

It may or may not even be real, according to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly.