An irony of a collapsing society is that even as citizens lose their liberty, they also lose the protections afforded by rule of law. For example, the liberal dystopia of New York City, ruled over by a mayor and a governor who are arguably the two most nakedly tyrannical figures in contemporary American politics, is descending into anarchy:
A vigil for a teenager fatally shot by cops turned into a riot in Brooklyn last night, as a mob of outraged thugs ransacked stores, broke car windows and assaulted residents in East Flatbush.
The chaos erupted after about 200 people gathered to mourn 16-year-old Kimani “Kiki” Gray, a reputed Bloods gang member who was shot after pulling a gun on police Saturday.
At about 9 p.m., a splinter group broke off from the main ceremony and ran wild, causing havoc in several stores, including a Rite Aid.
“They poured in here, like 40 or 50 of them. They pulled the registers off the counter. They flipped over everything. They punched me in the face, several of them did, not just one. It was insane,” said Lorenzo Evans, 56, manager of the Rite Aid.
Evans also said a guard and two customers were roughed.
The gang also destroyed a bodega, ripped up trash bags, threw fruit and bottles at police officers and even pummeled residents.
They destroyed a CD-DVD store on Church Street.
Mayor Bloomberg is enraged because a judge delayed his dictate regarding how large a cup of soda can be served. Yet here is the official response to mobs of hooligans ripping down his city:
Cops reported one arrest for disorderly conduct.
Society could put a stop to this. But there isn’t the will even to disapprove of it.
Al Sharpton used to make his living setting off riots like this. He got people killed at Crown Heights and Freddy’s Fashion Mart. He was rewarded with a presidential friendship and his own show on MSNBC.
In coordination with the flame of liberty, the flame of civilization is guttering low.
On tips from Mickey Shea and Sean C. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.