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The root causes of the British riots
The Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/10/2011 21:48 | AYMENN JAWAD

Posted on 08/10/2011 2:38:31 PM PDT by clove

What to make of the riots that began in parts of London and have spread to Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Liverpool? Are there any root causes we can identify? First, it is apparent that far too many commentators interpret these events based entirely on pre-conceived paradigms. For socialists like Ken Livingstone (former mayor of London), the riots are the fault of the government’s spending cuts and the “social division” they have supposedly fostered.

Meanwhile, the far-Right British National Party characterizes the mayhem as a repeat of the race riots that occurred in Oldham in 2001. Only this time, the primary agitators are not South Asians but, in the words of one London-based right-wing blogger, “pampered black youth” who “indulged in welfare scrounging, looting and feckless fathering supported by the bleeding hearts of the BBC/Guardian axis.” Many mainstream conservatives point to a state policy of multiculturalism as the culprit.

However, a close look at what is actually going on demonstrates the failure of all these analyses to explain the riots. Contrary to what Livingstone imagines, many of the youths taking part in these disturbances are not poor at all: They are mostly of a middleor lower-middle-class background. In any case, if they are angry with the coalition government and its spending cuts, why are they looting the homes and businesses of middle- and working-class people? It is clearly not the wealthy who are bearing the burden of costs in damages.

(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: diversity; gunfreezone; liberalism; multiculturalism; pc; progressivism; socialism

1 posted on 08/10/2011 2:38:32 PM PDT by clove
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To: clove
the riots are the fault of the government’s spending cuts

Yep - everyone shoot loot and set everything on fire. It's all good.

2 posted on 08/10/2011 2:43:17 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: clove
the riots are the fault of the government’s spending cuts

Yep - everyone should loot and set everything on fire. It's all good.

3 posted on 08/10/2011 2:43:42 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: clove
“pampered black youth” who “indulged in welfare scrounging, looting and feckless fathering supported by the bleeding hearts of the BBC/Guardian axis.”

Can't put it much better than that.

4 posted on 08/10/2011 2:44:55 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: clove

Immigration.


5 posted on 08/10/2011 2:45:10 PM PDT by ansel12 ( Bristol Palin's book "Not Afraid Of Life: My Journey So Far" became a New York Times, best seller.)
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To: Libloather

I didn’t see that in the article. The conclusion was:

“In other words, the rioters are stealing designer clothes and gadgets – besides causing property damage – simply because they can.”


6 posted on 08/10/2011 2:47:10 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: clove

A lack of incoming fire.


7 posted on 08/10/2011 2:49:14 PM PDT by astyanax (Liberalism: Logic's retarded cousin.)
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To: clove
From the JP article:

As for the motivation of the vandals and thieves, one need look no further than what one rioter told Sky News reporter Mark Stone: “We’re getting our taxes back.”

In other words, the rioters are stealing designer clothes and gadgets – besides causing property damage – simply because they can.

That about sums it up. Not government cutbacks in the entitlement state or race or poverty, just greed and a penchant for violence that is fueled by the knowledge that there will be few, if any, consequences for robbing and burning in Merry Olde England, today. So much for socialism.

8 posted on 08/10/2011 2:51:32 PM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: astyanax

The root cause?

Lawless blacks out to steal and burn.

Stop pussyfooting around and looking for excuses for them. We all know the root cause. Every country with a substantial black population has the same problems.


9 posted on 08/10/2011 2:51:48 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: astyanax

Outstanding

ten or twenty thousand deaths would make a big difference in the riot intensity


10 posted on 08/10/2011 2:57:52 PM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ....Rats carry plague)
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To: Libloather
the riots are the fault of the government’s spending cuts

Typical liberal idiocy. Half (or more) of the rioters are probably unaware of any spending cuts.

11 posted on 08/10/2011 2:59:01 PM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: Venturer

The reality is that given the reigns of a city (see Oakland, Baltimore, Chicago, LA, DC, Detroit) a Democratic-Union-AA city will be in shreds in no time.

London and the Liberal asshats who support open borders and Godless Socialism end up with this...and their gun control laws prevent citizens from defending themselves.

This is assinine as the people WHO RUN BUSINESSES and PAY TAXES support these RIOTING MORONS’ SOCIAL PROGRAMS...

Government does not make anything but laws and confiscatory tax codes.


12 posted on 08/10/2011 3:04:12 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers....)
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To: clove
ENVY.

London rioters: 'Showing the rich we do what we want' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-14458424

13 posted on 08/10/2011 3:07:12 PM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (My mind is like a steel trap: rusty and illegal in 37 states.)
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To: Venturer
We all know the root cause. Every country with a substantial black population has the same problems.

What you say is true and there's really only one conclusion to draw from this but fear of being charged with a hate crime prevents the utterance of this conclusion. It doesn't change the truth.
14 posted on 08/10/2011 3:29:41 PM PDT by 762X51
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To: clove

The root cause is that no one is a Christian anymore, not the government, not the subjects of the government. they are all pagans


15 posted on 08/10/2011 3:33:29 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: clove

[ The root causes of the British riots ]

They are unarmed.. The liberals took all the guns..
Creating proto victims..


16 posted on 08/10/2011 3:36:02 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: clove

The root cause is Vancouver losing game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final


17 posted on 08/10/2011 3:41:25 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Jim Scott
As for the motivation of the vandals and thieves, one need look no further than what one rioter told Sky News reporter Mark Stone: “We’re getting our taxes back.”

Sounds like the Tea Party to me.

18 posted on 08/10/2011 3:49:01 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: clove

Call in the Picts. (If you can find them.)


19 posted on 08/10/2011 4:33:57 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: Venturer

I see a lot of white rioters in those pictures. Are they stand-ins put there by the liberal media?

Living OUTSIDE of a big city has changed my attitudes about racism. I feared no white man until I lived south of 95th Street.


20 posted on 08/10/2011 4:45:30 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: clove
"OK, OK, OK, you win. We'll fast track our secret employment program to double the workforce at the Sony plant."

"What??? Oh ..."

21 posted on 08/10/2011 5:12:05 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Murray / Baucus / Kerry / Upton? I've had better picks come out of my nose.)
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To: Retired Greyhound

I was thinking of how exactly perfect that statement was.

LLS


22 posted on 08/10/2011 5:23:16 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: clove
the root cause is that you get what you put up with... and a lot more of it!!!
23 posted on 08/10/2011 5:45:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: The Antiyuppie

As you already know there are good and bad in every race.

I believe there is a quote from Senator Byrd about white niggers that basically covers those seen in the photo’s you refer to.


24 posted on 08/11/2011 3:42:36 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Moonman62
As for the motivation of the vandals and thieves, one need look no further than what one rioter told Sky News reporter Mark Stone: “We’re getting our taxes back.”

'Sounds like the Tea Party to me.'

I hope that comment is intended to be sarcasm. If not, it is simply inane. Perhaps some explanation will help clarify the issue.

TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already. The term 'TEA party' refers to the historic 'tea party' at Boston harbor in December, 1773 when American colonists threw British shipments of tea (then the national beverage) overboard as a protest against the British 'tea tax'. It was a significant event that culminated in the American Revolution. Today, the TEA party is a movement that has as its primary goal, bringing our massively overgrown government back to a more reasonable, affordable size. There are no riots or vandalism connected to TEA party rallies.

The people rioting in the streets of London are not really 'getting their taxes back'. I suspect many are on the British 'dole' (welfare) and pay little or no taxes. They are stealing Nike sneakers and flat screen TVs because they can. The smashing and burning are ancillary actions done out of malice and, probably, an adrenaline rush. The 'poor against the rich' meme is a fallacy, except that, as always, those who have less want what others have, preferably without working for it. The underside of human nature on display. This is what happens when a nation succumbs to socialism and, at some point, as former British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher once stated, other peoples money runs out.

The U.S. TEA party is attempting to rein in enormous amounts of government spending and feckless economic policies before American gets to that point but the opportunity to reverse the inevitably disastrous, socialist course we're on will slam shut after the November 6, 2012 election. Should American voters decide to keep Obama and the Democrats in positions of power our economy will definitely continue to be destroyed by the insatiable demands of Big Government. Patriots won't riot, they'll adapt and survive on their own initiative but when people who have been raised on the 'entitlement' culture realize that there is no more 'free' money coming, we could well see the kind of trouble that is plaguing England, today. I pray that doesn't happen.

25 posted on 08/11/2011 7:50:52 AM PDT by Jim Scott ( "Game On!" - Sarah Palin)
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To: yldstrk

A Godless society. They will all wonder, how could God let all this happen in merry old England. Just like they wondered Nazi frenzy. All these genetic accidents have free will like roaming dogs. They chose deny there is a God. The devil has them.


26 posted on 08/11/2011 8:03:26 AM PDT by Broker (Who voted for that yellow dog?)
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