An absolutely AWESOME article by Max Hastings of the Daily Mail on the real reasons behind the riots in the UK.
The Daily Mail reports:
A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’
I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
It was fun. It made life interesting. It got people to notice them. As a girl looter told a BBC reporter, it showed ‘the rich’ and the police that ‘we can do what we like’.
If you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who wrecked swathes of property, burned vehicles and terrorised communities have no moral compass to make them susceptible to guilt or shame.
Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped.
They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.
Their behaviour on the streets resembled that of the polar bear which attacked a Norwegian tourist camp last week. They were doing what came naturally and, unlike the bear, no one even shot them for it.
A former London police chief spoke a few years ago about the ‘feral children’ on his patch — another way of describing the same reality.
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While Max really hits the nail on the head with the reasons why the UK welfare belligerents are rioting, he ultimately misses ever-so-closely with his resolution to the problem when he writes:
They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.
Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.
Only education — together with politicians, judges, policemen and teachers with the courage to force feral humans to obey rules the rest of us have accepted all our lives — can provide a way forward and a way out for these people.
They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human beings. My dogs are better behaved and subscribe to a higher code of values than the young rioters of Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham and Birmingham.
Unless or until those who run Britain introduce incentives for decency and impose penalties for bestiality which are today entirely lacking, there will never be a shortage of young rioters and looters such as those of the past four nights, for whom their monstrous excesses were ‘a great fire, man’.
Max Max Max….
How could you so clearly see the reasons why they are rioting yet miss the solution that would prevent this from ever happening again?
They aren’t “victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute,” rather they are victims of a perverted social ethos that elevates slavery to an absolute. They are enabled in their lifestyles because of the welfare State, which leads to the obvious conclusion that removing the welfare State would end these problems. The good hard-working people of the UK are the slaves, while the welfare rioters and their looting overlords in the Parliament are the masters.
If by “introduce incentives for decency” you mean forcing them to work by eliminating their welfare, then I suppose you are right on the money. But for some reason I don’t think that is what you mean. The State is utterly incapable (as the riots clearly demonstrate) of imposing “penalties for bestiality.” That is a job that only free markets can accomplish.
When those kids find themselves without handouts, they will be forced to act like civilized human beings or starve. This a harsh penalty, but it is one that must be imposed if the chaos is to be brought back under control.
The free market teaches respect for property. The free market teaches respect for others. The free market forces civility upon a nation’s youth when they are forced to labor for their subsistence. These are lessons the welfare State undermines at every turn.