Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Civilization's End
Sultan Knish ^ | Monday, August 08, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 08/09/2011 5:23:55 AM PDT by expat1000

The flash mobs in America or the Blackberry mobs in London have one thing in common. It isn't race, though they tend to predominantly be minorities. It's identity.

The counterculture has not changed dramatically since the 70's, but it has tossed aside any appearance of idealism. The new counterculture draws in two groups, disaffected upper middle class white youth and lower class black youth. Their goals are purely materialistic, looted iPods and government subsidies for housing, education and anything else they can think of.

These are the children of the welfare state with little in common except a rejection of the commercial way of life. Neither the entitled white university brat or the posturing ghetto teenager has any interest in working. The businesses they smash are an alien thing to them. Small businessmen do not go about smashing stores. The people who do think of commodities as something they trick or intimidate others into giving to them. And that covers everyone from municipal unions to thugs driving around BMW's.

Rand's looters take on a more literal meaning in Tottenham. Smashing store windows and grabbing what's inside is only the protest for more government handouts taken directly to the businesses who fund it without the bother of a government middle man.

This lawless materialism is the essence of the welfare state. "Loot as much as you can, or someone else will." If you don't grab government benefits or sneakers in store windows, someone else will. The rich are grabbing, the pols are grabbing-- time to queue up and loot your share. Communism made this way of thinking so commonplace that all of Russia became one black market. And we are not far behind.

What kind of people behave this way? Those who have come to think of wealth as an infinite pile from which everyone grabs as much as they can. This is where the ethos of the socialist left and hip-hop comes together. Obama gleefully spending millions on himself and trillions on national giveaways for his donors and supporters is the most obnoxious fusion of this phenomenon.

Technological savvy melded with barbaric behavior, the 21st century mobile devotee turned raider is a wake up call in more ways than one. These are not mere race riots, they are the self-organization of the end of our civilization.

The classic raid has come to the cities of West, its hallmarks are not frustration but careful planning, followed by a violent rush. The raids may have a profit motive, but often they are there only to terrify. Mostly there is no larger political agenda, only the emergence of an old way of life that most people think died with the Vikings.

The law banished the raider back into the dim pages of history, but law depended on a civilization which is now collapsing. Police officers alone won't be enough to stem the ride. Law enforcement depends on the fear of the average person to step out of line and break the law. The lone criminal pits himself against the well-oiled machine of the police and the federal authorities. But when gangs defy the authorities, then it's the beginning of a civil war.

An understated civil war is already raging in Europe, between Muslim and African immigrants and the society they have penetrated. The conflict has made a mockery of the social controls of Europe. Put surveillance cameras on every street, and we'll don masks and turn out in numbers. Run your DNA banks and see how much luck you have when entire streets are burning. Outlaw knives and we'll bring our Molotov cocktails.

The United States managed to offer enough economic growth in the last two decades that riots were mostly limited to angry white college students protesting for some radical cause. But the economic engine is off and the flash mob is here. Black unemployment is at an all time high and teenagers with thousands of dollars, but without the steadying effect of full time employment are getting their kicks.

The situation is worse in the UK, where middle class brats and African youth are equally furious at Cameron's cuts, and eager for the looting to resume. The shooting of a criminal is a common signal to riot, but not out of outrage, but opportunity. Political outrage always transmutes into loot. The looters are not bothering to wait until some commission suggests directing more money to social programs. Their looting is more direct and more immediate. For a gratification as instant as the tech that they use to organize their banditry.

Divestment is the common denominator. Neither the middle-class white or lower-class black rioter is invested in his society. The white rioter is a globalist, the black rioter is an outsider. Neither are invested in the city and country they are busy trashing.

The traditional raider saw himself as part of an outside group. The modern raider has global identities that are at odds with the country he lives in. He may see himself as a citizen of the world, a member of the Muslim Ummah, as black or a Marxist or any number of other wider identities. And these identities are more primal than being an Englishman or an American. When he joins a raiding party, it is as a member of one of those groups looting a society whose welfare is of no interest to him.

Civilization depends on a consensus. The fundamental base of that consensus is that the civilization is a worthwhile thing which must endure. We follow the law not only because the law is right, but even when it is wrong, because law is the safeguard of civilization. But why should people who do not value the civilization follow the law?

The left's motives for rebelling are different than those of minority looters. But the end result is similar enough. A disregard for the civilization becomes a disregard for its laws. And that leaves self-interest as the only hedge against anarchy. But what interest do people who do not work for a living have in preserving the businesses of others? None at all. As far as they are concerned, smash a store, it will collect the insurance, and reopen, or another will open up in its place. And even if it doesn't, then so what? It's not "our businesses" anyway.

Small business is the backbone of human freedom. The small businessman is able to negotiate commercial arrangements with individuals and groups outside the dominance of larger authority. But small business is on the decline. The corner store is likely to be run by outsiders, in Detroit as in London. And around it are chain stores, franchised or not, that are primary targets of looters. Loot them enough and all that's left is a hopelessly unrecoverable ghetto.

The bigger the institutions get, the more they are cut off from the street, and the more fragmented the society becomes. Nations become giants unable to see or fend off the gnomes hammering at their feet. And their corrective solutions inevitably lean toward more social gigantism. Violence rewarded often enough becomes a habitual tool of politics until the looter matters more than the ballot box. When the authorities show that they will reward violence with social benefits, the welfare state will grow fangs.

That process was aborted in the United States, but it is still commonplace in Europe, which has not learned the American lesson that the worst way to respond to riots is with bribery. America put an end to the riot by cutting welfare benefits and bulking up police forces. The modern NYPD and LAPD may be ugly creatures, at times downright vicious, but they are far more useful than their metropolitan police counterparts. And the black entrepreneur is a far more common figure today than the rioter.

Of course the underlying problem cannot be solved with better police forces or economic growth, only temporarily suppressed. The underlying tensions are cultural, ideological, racial and religious. The university student taught that his civilization is an illegitimate construct employed for the benefit of a few that deserves to be torn down will retain the same mindset whether he is looting an electronics shop or teaching at a school. And that mindset is contagious.

The commercial tribalism of the rapper who conflates casual violence and criminality with honor follows a pattern of glorifying crime that predates and postdates race, its ubiquity dating back centuries, from the highwayman to the 1920's bank robber, and is almost as socially disruptive and even more contagious.

The narrative is the same. Its idealism and honor covers up the blatant materialism and greed that its lawbreaking enables. And the message is also the same. Civilization's end.

The return of the raider as an instant message enabled gang is a phenomenon at odds with progress. It is a warning that darker times are returning, that while everyone may pack phones that have more processing power in one inch than a room of computers did 30 years ago, the march of progress is moving backward. Civilization isn't over yet, but it is badly endangered. It has become an undefined thing held in largely in contempt. It is a structure that everyone takes for granted, but few respect.

It has been a long time since Vikings raided English shores, but the new Vikings don't need to take boats to get there. The barbarians in our civilization are already among us. They are already here.


TOPICS: Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: anarchy; deathofthewest
The law banished the raider back into the dim pages of history, but law depended on a civilization which is now collapsing. Police officers alone won't be enough to stem the ride. Law enforcement depends on the fear of the average person to step out of line and break the law. The lone criminal pits himself against the well-oiled machine of the police and the federal authorities. But when gangs defy the authorities, then it's the beginning of a civil war.
1 posted on 08/09/2011 5:23:59 AM PDT by expat1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: expat1000
Their goals are purely materialistic...

So they can't even do nihlism and anarchy properly. What ARE they teaching in the schools these days?

;-)

2 posted on 08/09/2011 5:29:08 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

There will always be pirates, ‘though not always in ships.


3 posted on 08/09/2011 5:31:14 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

/mark


4 posted on 08/09/2011 5:36:57 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
Good read. Explains a lot.

To think that America is in much better shape than England/Europe with their youth mobs. Yobs, are they?

So at the state fair on beat WT night it's the Blobs? Sad and frightening.

I was in Chicago visiting a frail, elderly friend. We were having a nice time shopping on the lovely Miracle Mile, stopped in a Walgreen's for something, then went on our way.

The next day I read that a huge Blob came in to “get sandwiches” (don't you love the media), but terrorized everyone in the store and roughed up the poor clerks.

The thought of my tiny, sweet little friend, alone, when a mob of animals invades makes may blood boil.

I'm very angry right now. I think the decent people in America and Western Europe need to get angry and decide who is going to win this.

5 posted on 08/09/2011 5:45:49 AM PDT by Pigsley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
Good article.

What kind of people behave this way? Those who have come to think of wealth as an infinite pile from which everyone grabs as much as they can. This is where the ethos of the socialist left and hip-hop comes together.

What we are seeing in the British riots is this combination of young white anarchists/socialists and black underclass thugs. That happened in the recent Oakland riots, too.

Frankly, I think it's less accidental and fortuitous than the author appears to believe. Mob violence has always been one of the strategies of the left for destabilizing society so that it can take over.

6 posted on 08/09/2011 5:49:21 AM PDT by livius
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: WayneS; expat1000

Anybody old enough to have tried to do business with any of the “beautiful people” of the “flower power” hippy era (c1965—1972)knows that they were universally greedy and materialistic to the max.


7 posted on 08/09/2011 5:49:21 AM PDT by Scanian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Pigsley
I think the decent people in America and Western Europe need to get angry and decide who is going to win this.
Eric Hoffer said "the game of history is played by the best and worst over the heads of the people in the middle". It's time for the people in the middle to get in the game. Long past time.
8 posted on 08/09/2011 5:51:18 AM PDT by samtheman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Pigsley
I'm very angry right now. I think the decent people in America and Western Europe need to get angry and decide who is going to win this.

It will be a difficult battle - the police and the government are on the side of the Looters and Takers.

The State steals YOUR money to give to the deadbeats.

The State confiscates your means of self-defense to make for a safe work environment for the crims.

If you show even the least bit of self sufficiency, this offends the State and they want to take it from you; the crims see self-sufficiency and in their greed and envy will take it from you.

Their father is the Devil, they play for the same team.

9 posted on 08/09/2011 5:51:56 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: The Theophilus

The minorities make a great proxy army for the left and the state.
They don’t actually have to beat whitey themselves, exposing their agenda, but they can give a wink and a nod to the minorities to go ahead and have their fun.

And, oh, by the way, if “whitey” even thinks about fighting back, we’ll prosecute him for a hate crime, and the media, of course, will demonize any such action.


10 posted on 08/09/2011 5:56:10 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Pigsley

>> The next day I read that a huge Blob came in to “get sandwiches” (don’t you love the media), but terrorized everyone in the store and roughed up the poor clerks.

Fancy it happened in gun-free Chicago! Wonder why?


11 posted on 08/09/2011 5:56:25 AM PDT by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: livius

The constant drumbeat of class warfare and race baiting plant some of the seeds which lead to this.

The mindset is that they rioters/looters are “entitled” to the fruits of someone else’s labor and if the government isn’t going to be the conduit for a satisfactory redistribution of wealth, they’ll forcibly take it.


12 posted on 08/09/2011 5:58:35 AM PDT by randita (Obama - chains you can bereave in.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

It IS about “race” (as well as culture and civilization) and the flames are being fanned by our “post racial” president.


13 posted on 08/09/2011 5:59:53 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

We have had recent riots in several countries and I have to wonder not if, but when it will happen here.


14 posted on 08/09/2011 6:02:18 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Scanian

The hippies weren’t, were the “beautiful people” business people and entertainers?


15 posted on 08/09/2011 6:06:26 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

With cell phones you have instant communications. A flash mob can appear, vanish and reappear at a moments notice. How do you fight that? Good read, thanks.


16 posted on 08/09/2011 6:09:57 AM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Never on my watch

“It IS about “race””

In the end it is always about race. That’s how we’re wired.

Whites are generally better at pretending it’s not, and incorporating other races into their society. When they stop pretending is when it will really get ugly.


17 posted on 08/09/2011 6:10:09 AM PDT by RFEngineer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
"Small business is the backbone of human freedom. The small businessman is able to negotiate commercial arrangements with individuals and groups outside the dominance of larger authority. But small business is on the decline. The corner store is likely to be run by outsiders, in Detroit as in London. And around it are chain stores, franchised or not, that are primary targets of looters. Loot them enough and all that's left is a hopelessly unrecoverable ghetto."

Normally this would be viewed as a self-correcting problem where the crims smashing up businesses and looting stores are in a sense votes for barbarism. The free market is quick to decide if the occasional burning down of the store, or killing of a clerk is worth the coin that might miraculously see itself as profit. When the costs and risks exceed any potential benefit, the market decides that this "voting block" would prefer squalor, chaos, decay and lawlessness over the benefits of ordered civilization.

Unfortunately, once these feral beasts soil their own nests, they demand that they are accepted back into civilized society without ever demonstrating remorse or even an interest in profitably participating.

This happens in both the macro and micro environments. The national government actively pursues injecting the poison of third world barbarians into civilization through their liberal application of immigration quotas, while in the hamlets and villages, city council people are constantly seeking ways to expand public housing in stable communities thinking that there is no amount of garbage that can be poured into wine before the wine itself is garbage.

It seems that human nature hasn't changed since expulsion from the Garden, and market forces would have adequately separated the riotous hordes from the peaceful as has happened since Babel. The culprit in violating these natural forces, is once again government.

18 posted on 08/09/2011 6:12:35 AM PDT by The Theophilus (Obama's Key to win 2012: Ban Haloperidol)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: The Theophilus

That about sums it up. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If I’m damned regardless, I’m gonna bust some looters’ heads in to earn it”.


19 posted on 08/09/2011 6:17:46 AM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: ladyvet
A flash mob can appear, vanish and reappear at a moments notice. How do you fight that?

Simple, a CHL ... and this ...


20 posted on 08/09/2011 6:29:11 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
Smashing store windows and grabbing what's inside is only the protest for more government handouts taken directly to the businesses who fund it without the bother of a government middle man.

Great quote, we're just going back to simple times where people rob you to your face instead of using politicians to deduct it from your check routinely.

21 posted on 08/09/2011 6:32:35 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
The shooting of a criminal is a common signal to riot

And the shooting of many more of them, as they riot, would be the signal for them to stop.

Bring back public hangings behind the county sheriff's office, and watch the crime rate plunge.

22 posted on 08/09/2011 7:06:34 AM PDT by chesley (Eat what you want, and die like a man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000
I am reminded of The Camp of the Saints (Le Camp des saints) a 1970s French novel by Jean Raspail, where hoards of the under class from Calcutta seize ships and head toward the Cotes d'Azure bent on taking over Western Europe. Liberals sought to placate them and the Pope even stripped the Vatican of all its treasures and sold them raising as the author wryly pointed out... "not enough money to pay the rural development budget of Bangladesh for even one year.."

Today we have welcomed this underclass to our shores and worse created some of our own, Now they are here and the survival of Western Civilization is truly at stake.

23 posted on 08/09/2011 7:17:28 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat1000

Nice post
As The Theophilus says in post #8? The police and the State will be on the side of the looters and takers, as pols and public sector unions are looters and takers themselves.

I saw this same thing happen in 75 at my high school. Three days of “riots” where by blacks roamed the halls in a pack, beating up anyone who did not run away.

The school officials could not control the blacks so they “controlled” the whites. On the third day whites came to school ready to fight back. So the cops with their sheilds and batons arrested all the whites and let the blacks go on about their business.


24 posted on 08/09/2011 7:55:45 AM PDT by winodog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ansel12

Food venders, hipy-dippy clothes, trinket sales...different kinds of longhair crap that was sold in the open at rock festivals, etc.

They would act like part of a “new age” culture but they were nothing more than cheap hustlers.


25 posted on 08/09/2011 8:15:20 AM PDT by Scanian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: ansel12

Food venders, hipy-dippy clothes, trinket sales...different kinds of longhair crap that was sold in the open at rock festivals, etc.

They would act like part of a “new age” culture but they were nothing more than cheap hustlers.


26 posted on 08/09/2011 8:16:08 AM PDT by Scanian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Scanian

That is what I thought, business people and merchants never change, they will always be seeking a profit when they sell their products and services or they would not be in business.


27 posted on 08/09/2011 8:20:27 AM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson