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British Degeneracy On Parade

Here’s a brief but powerful essay on the thuggery that’s setting the UK afire: http://www.city-journal.org/2011/eon0810td.html

Money quotes:

"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. It believes itself deprived (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class), even though each member of it has received an education costing $80,000, toward which neither he nor—quite likely—any member of his family has made much of a contribution; indeed, he may well have lived his entire life at others’ expense, such that every mouthful of food he has ever eaten, every shirt he has ever worn, every television he has ever watched, has been provided by others. Even if he were to recognize this, he would not be grateful, for dependency does not promote gratitude. On the contrary, he would simply feel that the subventions were not sufficient to allow him to live as he would have liked.
"At the same time, his expensive education will have equipped him for nothing. His labor, even supposing that he were inclined to work, would not be worth its cost to any employer—partly because of the social charges necessary to keep others such as he in a state of permanent idleness, and partly because of his own characteristics. And so unskilled labor is performed in England by foreigners, while an indigenous class of permanently unemployed is subsidized.

"Finally, long experience of impunity has taught the rioters that they have nothing to fear from the law, which in England has become almost comically lax—except, that is, for the victims of crime. For the rioters, crime has become the default setting of their behavior; the surprising thing about the riots is not that they have occurred, but that they did not occur sooner and did not become chronic."

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Any time that we as a society condone or wink at bad behavior because of whatever the circumstances the malefactors find themselves in (be it poverty, poor or absent parenting, racism, what have you), it’s terribly corrosive to our society and the rule of law. Cameron, the UK PM, should put the hammer down.

When the rioters tore up Chicago during the 1968 Democratic Convention, old Boss Daley gave the orders to shoot to kill, or shoot to maim. If the Brits had any backbone (they’re virtually bereft of a functioning military), Cameron ought to do much the same. We certainly know that Thatcher wouldn’t hesitate to bring the full measure down on these ne’er-do-wells.

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