March 03, 2004


Posted by Daniel McCarthy at March 3, 2004 12:16 AM

From what I recall of his article, McGrath was not writing about bullying. The fights he describes were essentially duels. One young man would challenge another to a brawl; the offer could be accepted or declined. The latter must have had some consequences, but there would not have been any honor or glory in beating up a wimp, so probably the most common consequence was just to be labeled a chicken. I think there's something about that in Rebel Without a Cause, if memory serves.

If two young men agree to a fight, well, that may be something you don't like, but it isn't coercion. When the millennium arrives and we're all living in Ancapistan, some folks can send their kids to Kumbaya Daycare. I'm sending mine to the Roger McGrath Academy of Gunfighters, Highwaymen and Vigilantes.