Watch it all.
Perhaps if they issued guns (bullet, stun guns and tear gas) to their police…
I am afraid that our British friends have forgotten how to deal with mass lawlessness and mob violence. It was after all the British who gave us the term “read the Riot Act.” The Riot Act was read to the crowd after which if the rioting did not cease the troops would open fire.
Confessor, the police shooting someone is what lead to all this in the first place!
Greetings from London. I could hardly sleep during this past night for worry. Every sound in the street I thought was a mob coming to torch the church. The reality is bad enough. The arson is particularly horrible: the biggest fire so far is the Sony distribution centre in Enfield which is enormous and engulfed in flames. Including its stock, the cost of that fire alone must be many tens of millions of pounds. As the film clip here shows, it is mostly kids in their late teens and early twenties, mindless, vapid, silly. Yet the damage they cause in terms of lost jobs, homelessness, withdrawn investment, will be far far more than the value of whatever they loot. So it will ultimately rebound on themselves. Deep down it is a terrible indictment of the spiritual vacuum at the heart of British society today. Kids who grow up in unstable families, without values, with no sense of belonging to the wider community, and absolutely no picture in their minds of what they could be and do in life. Clueless and rudderless. Unteachable in school, probably. There may also be a race element in all this, but if so, it has never been mentioned in our media coverage, indeed it is unmentionable. In sum, a nation that rejects the truth of Christ also cannot face the truth about what it has become.
That enfant terrible, Damian Thompson, makes the race point neatly and briefly. You can see it here:
[i]As the film clip here shows, it is mostly kids in their late teens and early twenties, mindless, vapid, silly. Yet the damage they cause in terms of lost jobs, homelessness, withdrawn investment, will be far far more than the value of whatever they loot. So it will ultimately rebound on themselves.[/i]
All the worse to contemplate when one thinks of those sacrificing themselves on the front lines of Misrata or the streets of Hama.
Well actually, I think that London is experiencing in a dramatic fashion the youth riots that Greece has been experiencing for a while, and which France has experienced every August for some years. And we are beginning to see it also with the “Flash mobs” in Detroid, Wisconsin and Philladelphia and Chicago.
Black youth unemployment is over 50%. With “no child left behind” which basically is used to kick them out of high school before they can screw up the scores, they can’t even get a chance to go get shot in Afghanistan. They are out of options, and angry.
It will get worse before it gets better. Either the country needs the sort of massive jobs program (taking the funds from SS and Medicare – where else will they get the funds) that kept a lid on things in the depression, or else it will need to slash regulation and taxes and liability and let the private sector have a reason for hiring these guys. Either way, the gravy train for elders at the expense of the young will need to stop.
The boomers gave them welfare moms, divorce, and idolized drugs and obscenity all in the name of “personal freedom”. They kept saying that divorce was better for the kids, than unfulfilled, unhappy parents and that the kids would be all right.
No. The kids are not all right. They haven’t been all right for a long time
Clueless, most of these youths would be unemployable, which is why I linked to the article on gang culture above. I have seen them in schools where from 14 or 15 onwards they are almost impossible to teach, sassy and threatening. Perhaps inner city schools have always been tricky – but something has changed in the home culture too now. It is almost impossible to think of these guys having the people skills, or the basic articulateness, or the daily discipline, to hold down any job.
That’s what I mean. I see them also. Thanks to the liberal state, it is conveniant for their mothers to accept welfare, rather than marriage and working poverty. Thanks to officious social workers, the parents are not able to discipline them (it’s child abuse). Thanks to the lawyers the schools are unable to discipline them or to throw them out. Thanks to the unions and minimum wage, they are unable to get jobs for their true worth which is about 5 bucks a day and lunch and therefore they are unable to acquire job skills. Thanks to media they are bathed in images glorifying sex, violence and above all freedom. Thanks to the educational establishment, protecting jobs they graduate iliterate, unable to get into university and without skills to do anything else. Thanks to the the medical establishment, particularly psychiatry all these failings are glossed over with diagnoses such as ADHD, bipolar illness, fibromyalgia and other BS invented diseases, which make them VICTIMS.
Which they are. They are victims of the nanny state. We are reaping what we sowed.
#3: “Confessor, the police shooting someone is what lead to all this in the first place!”
It has become increasingly clear that the shooting was not the cause but the convenient excuse.
Let’s not give a free pass to neo-liberalism either. There are plenty of conservative libertarians for whom “community” has very little meaning.
I happen to agree with you that something like a revival of the Civilian Conservation Corps might not be a bad idea.
[blockquote] (taking the funds from SS and Medicare – where else will they get the funds)[/blockquote]
Here’s a clue: There ARE no funds in SS and Medicare. That’s the big problem.
[blockquote] The boomers gave them welfare moms, divorce, and idolized drugs and obscenity all in the name of â€œpersonal freedomâ€.[/blockquote]
Another clue: That was LBJs trillion dollar “War on poverty”. Now poverty in America includes a car, food stamps, two color TVs (with basic cable), free cell phone service, and internet. Fathers are optional, but if you have one in the house you lose your benefits. Batten the hatches.
To bring it closer to home in North America, recall what occured in Vancouver after the home team lost the Stanley Cup.