Roots of Violence exposes the origins and current causes of the underlying, explosive rage pervasive in our culture today. Understanding this is the first step toward healing our society.
Public schools around the country are offering innovative and restorative approaches to addressing the roots of violent behavior, but responding to complex problems with appropriately complex solutions takes time. The good news is that young people are capable of change — in fact, all children are capable of greatness — when their conditions support it. Access to resources, care and coping skills during childhood can have a remarkable impact on resilience in adulthood.
Alice Miller Interview: The Roots of Violence
We have to recognize the fact that the roots of police violence and brutality lie in the Parasitic Economic Order that has been in place in the West since the early eighteenth century. Police force was created to subjugate and intimidate the labor to make them work longer and harder to create more wealth for the wealthy class. From its very beginning, it has been an instrument of suppression – a ruthless force in the service of the ruling elites.
This is how we open our five-volume report to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty on the roots of violence involving youth. The words come from our hearts, which remain very deeply troubled by what we found during our review. They also come from our heads, which tell us that those roots are now so extensive, interconnected and entrenched that only a sustained and aligned commitment, led by the provincial government, can maintain Ontario on a relatively safe and healthy path from the crossroads we identified.