The events happening across various cities in Britain at the moment are not politically motivated nor are they an attempt to positively change society.
The vast majority of rioters are young, disenfranchised people wanting their piece of the consumerist world they see but can't afford. In no way am I making excuses for them and I deplore what has gone on but when you are bombarded day in day out with visions of the latest new gadget, the new phone we should all posses, the fifty inch plasma television and so on many have taken advantage of the situation to get these things!
It is organised looting, not organised political protest. The shops targeted have mainly been sports, clothing and electrical. Not big corporations, or banks, or establishment institutions but in many incidents single operator businesses. They have attacked and looted from small business owners who live and work in their communities.
Britain is a two-tiered society. When the young, many of whom will have had their educational maintenance allowance axed just as official youth unemployment has reached a record high and university places are being cut back under the weight of a tripling of tuition fees, see bankers being allowed their bonuses despite stitching us up every which way it can't be a surprise they reacted. With the cuts aimed primarily at the poor and the needy and the disenfranchised, things can only get worse.
What we're now seeing across the cities of England is the reflection of a society run on greed brought about through decades of neoliberal capitalism. What is worrying is if this turns into an ethnic conflict and following the deaths of three Asian men in a hit and run incident the other night it could very well happen!
The events in Britain could easily occur in the US. You too have your own disenfranchised populace!