Okay let me rap this down, because I just haven't seen this explained elsewhere even though it seems like common sense:
Bullying is akin to drug addiction.
- Most people do not do it.
- Everyone is susceptible to doing it.
- Some are more susceptible than others.
- It activates the same dopamine pleasure centers in the brain.
- Once you develop a taste for it, it becomes a hard habit to break.
- Most activity on Wall Street is a form of organized bullying.
- Austerity (such as the austerity that EU bankers are forcing on Greece right now) is bullying for pleasure.
- The Republican Party is an entire political party based on bullying.
- The low prices for consumer goods and high profits for U.S. firms are often a result of U.S. bullying around the world.
- educate people about the dangers of bullying (whether that is on the playground or on Wall Street or in Congress.);
- take steps to nip it in the bud when we see it (arresting Wall Street Bankers for their role in the housing bubble and collapse would be a good start);
- set up a system of rewards and punishments such that people are rewarded for cooperation and excluded from polite society if they show signs of bullying (anti-trust laws, Glass-Steagall before it was repealed, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are attempts to stop economic bullying through law and policy).