I just read a thought-provoking article written by Theodore Dalrymple. Truth plainly spoken, but spoken in a way many will not be able to handle. To paraphrase Jack Nicholson: “Many can’t HANDLE the truth.”
Here’s an excerpt:
The ferocious criminality exhibited by an uncomfortably large section of the English population during the current riots has not surprised me in the least. I have been writing about it, in its slightly less acute manifestations, for the past 20 years. To have spotted it required no great perspicacity on my part; rather, it took a peculiar cowardly blindness, one regularly displayed by the British intelligentsia and political class, not to see it and not to realize its significance. There is nothing that an intellectual less likes to change than his mind, or a politician his policy.
The riots are the apotheosis of the welfare state and popular culture in their British form. A population thinks (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class) that it is entitled to a high standard of consumption, irrespective of its personal efforts; and therefore it regards the fact that it does not receive that high standard, by comparison with the rest of society, as a sign of injustice.
BTW….this CAN happen here….just substitute “American” for “English” and “British”
Remember that saying: give a man a fish and you feed him one time, but teach him how to fish and you feed him forever? I saw a variation of that today and it said: give a man a fish and he will riot for free fish. If you believe that all of those young folks rioting in London are merely “disenfranchised” youth, think again. Many are, in all likelihood, involved with anarchist groups or being used by these types of groups as “useful idiots.” Creating chaos is their goal, not seeking justice.
The sad thing to me is that we’ve taught entire generations of people that they cannot do anything without the help of government. No wonder they feel “helpless.” They’ve been told over and over again in a myriad of ways that they are incapable of effecting any change in their lives. There ARE people who REALLY do need help and we should help them, but, to quote Reagan: government isn’t the solution, it’s the PROBLEM.
An article that supports that statement: Widespread Policy Failures...is worth a read too.
Another article worth reading is: Years of Liberal Dogma….
Update August 12: Here is information on some of the looters….their backgrounds might surprise you.