After lots of leftist hand-wringing and excuse making from the liberal U.K. media, The Daily Mail’s Max Hasting decides to provide the real rationale behind the riots
A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.
He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’
I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
It was fun. It made life interesting. It got people to notice them. As a girl looter told a BBC reporter, it showed ‘the rich’ and the police that ‘we can do what we like’.
If you live a normal life of absolute futility, which we can assume most of this week’s rioters do, excitement of any kind is welcome. The people who wrecked swathes of property, burned vehicles and terrorised communities have no moral compass to make them susceptible to guilt or shame.
Most have no jobs to go to or exams they might pass. They know no family role models, for most live in homes in which the father is unemployed, or from which he has decamped.
They are illiterate and innumerate, beyond maybe some dexterity with computer games and BlackBerries.
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
And what has caused all this (and Max goes on and on and on, laying it all out)? The socialistic/progressive government, which coddles these youths, and tells them they will always be cared for, providing free everything, instead of forcing the citizens to be adults, work hard, and make a life for themselves. These wild beasts have no interior morals. They’ve always been told “you’re special”, but not forced to work hard to BE special. It’s an entitlement mentality, much like here in the US, where those who aren’t rich think that the The Rich should be forced to pay for the lifestyles of those who haven’t achieved. James Joyner called this “Paul Favors Robbing Peter To Pay Paul.” And many, including Wizbang’s Rick Rice, say that the article could be about America problems, as well. Minus the rioting. Many others are wondering if the riots could be coming to America.
As I mentioned, it’s a long article. Make sure to read the whole thing, but, let’s end with this
They are an absolute deadweight upon society, because they contribute nothing yet cost the taxpayer billions. Liberal opinion holds they are victims, because society has failed to provide them with opportunities to develop their potential.
Most of us would say this is nonsense. Rather, they are victims of a perverted social ethos, which elevates personal freedom to an absolute, and denies the underclass the discipline — tough love — which alone might enable some of its members to escape from the swamp of dependency in which they live.
Supposedly, the riots in the U.K. are petering out. So, even when it comes to getting out and working hard to riot, the parasites can’t keep the energy going. They’ll go back, get another visible tattoo, another piercing, fail to get a haircut, and show up at a job interview entirely inappropriately dressed and under-prepared, and then wonder why even McDonald’s won’t hire them to mop the floors.