Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Making of a Rampage Murderer: What the Brutal Life of Oakland Shooter One L. Goh Says About America | | AlterNet

The Making of a Rampage Murderer: What the Brutal Life of Oakland Shooter One L. Goh Says About America | | AlterNet: "[one can] ...assume that these mass-shootings at American schools and workplaces have always been with us.


It’s not true, of course — as I wrote in my book Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion — it’s an exclusively American phenomenon specific to our time. The first post office rampage killing took place in Edmond, Oklahoma, in the mid-1980s, at the height of the Reagan Revolution’s war on the American worker.


Those post office massacres quickly migrated into private workplace massacres by the end of the 1980s, where they’ve become a regular rhythmic staple of our murder culture ever since – and from the adult workplace, the massacres migrated to our schools."


We’ve had mass-killings before; and every now and then, you’ll read about a rampage killing in some other country. But only in America, and only since the mid-1980s, do American employees attack their own workplaces and offices, and middle-class students attack their own schools, with such consistency, year after year.

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