Workplace bullying and mobbing: Toxic systems and the eliminationist mindset

Minding the Workplace

(Drawing by Aaron Maeda, copyright 2016)

Virulent instances of workplace mistreatment often involve an eliminationist intention on the part of the chief aggressor(s). Two years ago I wrote that the eliminationist instinct may express itself in several ways, including workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors. It often reflects a desire not only to eliminate an employee from the workplace, but also to undermine the individual’s livelihood and health even after departure from the organization.

This year I’ve also been thinking a lot about the roles of lead aggressors vs. roles played by other organizational actors in work abuse situations, especially from a systems theory perspective that examines how human roles and interactions culminate in systems that produce certain results. In May I wrote:

Thus, a typical campaign of severe bullying or mobbing at work involves multiple players, including but hardly limited to:

  • The main aggressor(s);
  • The supervisor or boss of the…

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Offenders in Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal ‘remain at large’ : The Guardian


Former Greater Manchester police officer says lessons have not been learned and calls for change to law to allow senior officers to be prosecuted.

A former Greater Manchester police detective who resigned over the force’s handling of the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal has claimed that offenders identified in the original investigation are still free to abuse young girls in the town.

Speaking before the airing of a new BBC1 drama, Three Girls – which tells the story of three victims in the 2012 Rochdale sex grooming case – Margaret Oliver said police had still not learned lessons and called for the law to be changed so that senior officers could be prosecuted for negligence.

Oliver, who is played by Lesley Sharp in the three-part series, said she was still in touch with many of the victims. “I’m speaking to kids who are telling me that even to this day…

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Just £2.8million of the £19MILLION Grenfell fund has reached survivors – despite being handed to ‘distributing organisations on the ground’ : Daily Mail.


  • Data shows £7.25m has been handed to distributing organisations on the ground
  • But only £2.8m has reached survivors, almost two months after west London fire
  • Campaigners said more must be done so that money reaches those who need it
  • Blaze ripped through the 24-storey tower block in June, killing at least 80 people

Barely 15 per cent of the £18.9million raised in the wake of the Grenfell disaster has been given to survivors.

Data from the Charity Commission shows £7.25million has been handed to distributing organisations on the ground.

But only £2.8million has reached survivors, almost two months after the blaze ripped through the 24-storey tower block in west London, killing at least 80 residents.

Campaigners welcomed the push for transparency after the charity regulator published the figures yesterday but said more needed to be done to ensure the money reaches those who need it.

Only £2.8million has reached survivors so far - almost two months after the blaze ripped through the 24-storey tower block in west London, killing at least 80 residents

Only £2.8million has reached…

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by Isaac Davis, Staff Writer Waking Times

It’s no secret the definition of ‘freedom’ in America has changed a great deal in recent decades. While 9/11 was a major turning point, setting in motion a slew of changes to the American mindset and to the legal framework which governs the contract between the State and the people, our natural rights have been under assault for generations.

Couple this with the dumbing down of the American citizenry, and ‘We the People’ simply no longer know or understand our rights. The fallout of this being we no longer protest or even notice when evermore egregious violations occur.

Where has all the freedom gone?

The following 10 secret truths about America are critical in understanding the state of the state today.

1.) The United States is one of only two countries in the world which taxes nonresident citizens for income earned elsewhere. If…

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Sweden Insanity – Welcome Muslims…Deport Christians



Ministry group says Oslo violating U.N. treaty


Sweden is violating a United Nations human-rights treaty in its attempt to deport a prominent Iranian actress who revealed her conversion from Islam to Christianity after arriving in the European nation, according to a charity that defends persecuted Christians worldwide.

Aideen Strandsson would face punishment and prison, possibly even rape and death, if returned to the mullah-led Islamic nation, argues the U.K.-based Barnabas Fund.

The group cites the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, which states “a refugee should not be returned to a country where they face serious threats to their life or freedom.”

In Strandsson’s case, the international Christian ministry said, she undoubtedly would face prison – at a minimum – for her conversion to Christianity.

“In fact, Iranian prisons are a particularly dangerous environment for any woman,” the organization said.

“Rape has…

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Grenfell Tower disaster, Londoners speaking

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Londoner Bonita, interviewed on Grenfell Tower disasterFrom the World Socialist Web Site in London, England:

Grenfell fire: “They don’t give a damn because for them life is just cheap

By our reporters

14 August 2017

World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell fire.

Tina lived in the Grenfell Tower on the fourth floor. Tina and her brother managed to escape from the fire. She said, “I had three very good friends in the tower and they haven’t recovered their bodies yet. I wouldn’t like to say how many people died, but it’s definitely more than the 80 that the police are saying.

“We’ve been put in a hotel. We’ve had to change rooms three times. We’ve had no Internet and no reception on our phones. We have been sent a ‘Key Worker,’ if that is what you want to call it. They…

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Manifest Injustice

In Congress, July 4, 1776.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to…

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RT Report: 90 People a Month Dying After Being Found Fit for Work

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Mike over at Vox Political blogged about this issue last week. In this piece from RT, the presenter interviews journalist Steve Topple over the official figures that 90 people a month are dying after being found fit for work under the Work Capability Test. In one instance, a man, Lawrence Bond, collapsed and died of a heart attack right outside the jobcentre. He had been found fit for work, despite having an underlying heart problem. Topple also goes further, and cites other, highly disturbing figures that show the immense harm the tests are doing to disabled people. Oxford University found that 590 people had taken their own lives due to them. The tests are also linked to 270,000 cases of mental illness, and the prescription of 800,000 drugs for people suffering from the stress of these tests.

Topple and the present also discuss how the tests were introduced by New…

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Child and youth migration in British Empire 1600-1960


Child migration played an important role in emigration as early as 1617 when the Virginia Company considered sending ‘vagrant’ children to the Americas. Although a hundred children were sent in 1619, question about its legality were not resolved until early 1620 when the Privy Council authorised child migration. Throughout the seventeenth century, children were sent to the American and Caribbean colonies in increasing numbers but this failed to meet the perennial labour shortage and in 1645 kidnapping or ‘spiriting’ children has grown to such an extent that Parliament made it a felony. This did not prevent the practice and in the 1740s, over 500 children were kidnapped for the colonies in Aberdeen and its surrounding area though it declined with the loss of the American colonies after 1775.

By the early-nineteenth century, there were increasing concerns about the numbers of children and young people especially, though not exclusively in urban…

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Migration to the Colonies (Part III): Canada

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Part Three of our series on imperial emigration turns to Canada. You can view the original article in PDF form here: Hard work and long days in Canada or read its online version below.


Poster promoting emigration to CanadaIf you leave the gloom of London and you seek a glowing land,

Where all except the flag is strange and new,

There’s a bronzed and stalwart fellow who will grip you by the hand,

And greet you with a welcome warm and true;

For he’s your younger brother, the one you sent away,

Because there wasn’t room for him at home;

And now he’s quite contented, and he’s glad he didn’t stay,

And he’s building Britain’s greatness o’er the foam.

‘The Younger Son’ by Robert William Service (1907).

In the years 1815-1914 c22.6m people left Britain as emigrants. Of those who travelled to the British Empire…

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