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Rioting in England the end-result of the Liberal Welfare State August 11, 2011

Posted by intellectualgridiron in Politics.
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The headline to this article by Max Hastings of the Daily Mail says it all, how the liberal welfare state produces feral human beings who see no moral compunction at all in this senseless violence and destruction and theft of other people’s private property.  Keep in mind that London is supposed to host the Summer Olympic Games in just a little less than a year (I just thought I’d toss that one out there).

Many on the left erroneously think that “poverty” is the root cause of violence and related crime.  Cal Thomas, however, chimes in by reminding us that years of amoral teaching and spiritual bankruptcy are a huge part of the blame.  Lack of proper religious grounding can lead anybody to think that theft and violence is okay, regardless of economic status.

Did anybody notice that most of the perpetrators of this violent spree came from single-parent homes, mostly without a father figure in their lives to provide them needed guidance in their formative years?  Ann Coulter certainly did notice, and it is not much of a stretch of the imagination to figure out that the problems that infect the urban ghettos in America have similar root causes of massive welfare causing fatherless homes.  If nothing else, pride on one’s ancestral accomplishments should be enough incentive to preserve the dignity of one’s own homeland.  But when politically-correct elites browbeat you into abandoning pride in your own country, non-thinking hooligans are left with the default position that nothing is worth preserving.  Congratulations, leftists:  your lasting accomplishment is that you have produced amoral, aimless, indolent, entitlement-addled, feral beings who do not even merit the title of human.

Addenda:  Jonah Goldberg chimes in on the recent riots in Great Britain, pointing out that those who rationalize said riots miss the mark by a considerable margin.  As usual, he also reveals some keen insights.  Among these insights are that the left has effectively replaced “income inequality” with “poverty” as the “root cause” of such violence.  On the other hand, if those on the right are correct in pointing out the lack of morals and proper religious grounding are the cause of such degenerate behavior, there is not much government can do, except do away with the coddling social programs that breed indolence and thus moral atrophy.

Speaking of shrinking government in Britain, how is that going?  George Will offers his analysis of the ongoing challenges PM David Cameron faces in that important endeavor.

Meanwhile, if anybody has read Jonah Goldberg’s take on these events by now, one paranthetical aside that stands out is that what could have helped the storeowners and other business owners more than a more assertive police would have been gun rights, thus allowing them to defend their own rightful property.  Therefore, another important memory-refresher from these disgusting events is the importance of the 2nd Amendment.  Such is the main thrust of Doug Giles’ comments on the riots in Merry Old England.



1. Viva LaBritain - August 11, 2011

Hi Sarge,

I’m afraid this post betrays a total lack of knowledge of British politics, social structure, or long-standing problems. Instead it just falls into the all-too-common commentary on fabricated societal ills that just slam the “left” without ever really defining what the “left” is.

Rather, what is more apt in this particular subject is to call into question the long-standing problems of a welfare state that has collided with the modern issues of nearly uncontrolled financial setbacks; British parliament is nothing more than a bunch of ineffectual w(h)igs (much like their counterparts on this side of the Atlantic) and the PM is an Oxford slack who has no idea what the real world is like. Most folks in Britain cannot afford to own their own homes, must rely on the state to provide the most basic of life’s needs, and most have no hope of social or educational mobility.

I think the crux of such clashing also has to do with an “old” Britain mentality – folks who drive Jags and sip tea in their tuxes – with the “new” Britain that is culturally-diverse and financially stable despite their on/off relationship with the Eurozone. We can also discuss issues like how educational opportunities are usually reserved for the wealthy elite and foreign nationals, not British citizens themselves. And, must like in America, the wealthy are getting much more wealthy, and the poor are getting that much more poor.

A Concerned American

2. intellectualgridiron - August 11, 2011

Dear Concerned:

Apparently none of the quotes that some journalists were able to get from the rioters has registered in the above response.

To raise concern about people not being able to buy homes is a valid thing to bring to everyone’s attention. But if that is so, it can only be attributed to too much government control and taxation stifling entrepreneurship and thus people’s abilities to build their own wealth.

To call for a discussion of the “clash” between “old” Britain and “new” Britain is all well and good. But to rationalize destruction of people’s private property because of the clap-trap of the “rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer” is beyond the pale on two counts.

For one, nobody’s rightful property ought to be destroyed or stolen, particularly by aimless, indolent, feral youth looking for an excuse to cause a riot for the sheer thrill of it.

Second, one of the biggest lies about American business is the tired, old saw of the “rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer.” It is statistically proven that almost all rich people in America came from the poor or the middle class. Read “Wealth and Poverty” by George Gilder, who demonstrates through his research that when a nation’s business leadership accumulates wealth, it does not create poverty — everyone benefits.

For another thing, your response entirely missed the point of the true “root causes” (a favored term for those on the left) of such degenerate, destructive behavior, such that is in direct violation of the law and of the rules for decent society. My advice would be to read the Max Hastings article I linked up to gain further understanding. Cheers!

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