The news shows a disturbing picture of what is going on in London. Will it be contagious?
I know they say it started with a police shooting but I believe the vandalism, arson and mayhem is generated by what the world in general is going through right now. In fact, I believe the USA could experience revolt if the Government continues to falter. What do you think?
Well, I think we in the US will never really know what is going on over there. The US media is in true form once again by damning the rioters with apparent disinterest as to why the people are rioting. The media hints at a few possibilities, but swiftly dismisses them, opting instead to play on the fickle emotions of a terrified American public. We must understand why the Londoners are doing this. Was our own revolution so different when it began? Was the French Revolution so different?
I am certainly not opposed to a nice healthy revolt every now and again. It worked in Egypt. Hell, the last good one that happened in this country was over 300 years ago. I don't think Americans will "catch the riot bug." However, what is happening in other developed nations will inevitably happen in the U.S. and for the same reasons. People are pissed and no longer have faith in leadership or authority. I generally advocate non-violent resistance, but I'm not going to condemn the more zealous dissenters. It's better than apathy and indifference.
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!
People are unhappy with the status-quo Mrs. Pedrn44.
The Greeks have been on the street for almost three years now. The French, Italians, the British ... most of the common men/women are sick of the bankers' games, of slaving for pennies and for carrying the world of the aristocrats on their backs.
The wheel always turns ... it is turning as we speak.
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