In my attempts to understand the periodic obsession with violence in the Guestbook I have come to the conclusion that there may have been a cultural crossover which developed in the late fifties, early sixties. (“Years at School” tends to support this.) Traditional discipline was questioned, rights were arrogated (often without responsibility), laisser faire became acceptable, authority ceased to be automatic, political correctness was born and we saw the “swinging sixties” and eventually student riots. It now seems likely to me that violence by authority in HCS did in fact increase in uncomprehending reaction to this zeitgeist. Whether it was as bad as anecdotal accounts have suggested I suppose I shall never know.


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