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Anarchy and Austerity: Why London Won't Be the Last City to Burn (Spending Cuts Lead to Riots?)
The Atlantic ^ | 08/11/2011

Posted on 08/11/2011 10:24:31 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The Great Recession gave birth to a lost generation across the world, where youth unemployment rates stretch into the 20s, 30s and even 40s. Those millions have responded with violence.

The riots and fires consuming London are a story about senseless violence and crime. They are also a story about urban politics, race relations, education inequality, and British culture and society. But underneath all of that, they are part of an economic story that is universal.

For the last year, Great Britain has embraced austerity to a degree that would make some American conservatives blush. The purpose of shrinking government was to reduce debt. But the effect has been to kill the economy. With the UK tottering on the razor's edge of recession, consumer confidence is at a record low, unemployment is rising,

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The theft and violence and street crime and lawlessness in London is shocking. But it's not unique. Around the world, the burden of unemployment falls hardest on the young, who often respond with violence. The average jobless rate between 18-29 years was nearly 20% last year in OECD countries, the Wall Street Journal has reported. High unemployment was a factor in protests in Spain, uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

The connection between joblessness and violence comes to life in a timely August research paper Austerity and Anarchy: Budget Cuts and Social Unrest in Europe, 1919-2009, which found "a clear positive correlation between fiscal retrenchment and instability." Authors Jacopo Ponticelli and Hans-Joachim Voth examined the relationship between spending cuts and a measure of instability they termed CHAOS -- "the sum of demonstrations, riots, strikes, assassinations, and attempted revolutions in a single year in each country."

Their conclusion: Austerity breeds anarchy. More cuts, more crime.This clickable graph helps to tell the story.

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


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anarchy; austerity; riots; spendingcuts

1 posted on 08/11/2011 10:24:36 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

2 posted on 08/11/2011 10:25:12 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (u)
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To: SeekAndFind
where youth unemployment rates stretch into the 20s, 30s and even 40s.

Most of these punks never had a job, and they only reason they're rioting is because they are now have no choice but to get one. Liberal loser punks don't riot because they're unemployed. They riot because they want to be unemployed, on someone else's dime.

3 posted on 08/11/2011 10:26:18 AM PDT by Thane_Banquo
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To: SeekAndFind

Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.

Just became my new tagline.


4 posted on 08/11/2011 10:29:43 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“The Great Recession gave birth to a lost generation across the world, where youth unemployment rates stretch into the 20s, 30s and even 40s. Those millions have responded with violence.”

Another duh moment.

Is he talking about the great recession that began in 1930 and continued to the beginning of World War II.

That ‘lost’ generation went on to win World War II, build the largest economy in the free world, and defeat Communism. Bunch of losers. They’ll never accomplish what our current, ‘intelligently’ raised and educated young people will. (Goat strangling sarcasm - OFF).


5 posted on 08/11/2011 10:30:42 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: SeekAndFind
"The mobs of great cities add just so much to support of pure government as sores do to the strength of the human body."

-Thomas Jefferson
6 posted on 08/11/2011 10:37:39 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin)
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To: Thane_Banquo; SampleMan

A good article here;
http://www.garynorth.com/public/8351.cfm


7 posted on 08/11/2011 10:38:45 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Well then... if cuts cause anarchy and we shoot to kill all anarchists that are rampaging... will that not solve the problem through attrition?

LLS

8 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Certified Al Palin Hobbit Terrorist)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please.

“Austerity” didn’t cause this. These people were out looking for free stuff. I think we will soon learn that many of these people weren’t even poor.


9 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:19 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind
The spending cuts have absolutely nothing to do with the riots. Nothing.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

10 posted on 08/11/2011 10:39:32 AM PDT by expatguy (The Expat Needs Beer Money - Cough Up!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe that these riots and acts of gang violence both here and abroad are being orchestrated for a reason.

Who are the community agitators behind all this. And what plans do they have for the US?

I suspect the violence will get a whole lot worse in the US as we approach the 2012 election.

These are not kids upset “by spending cuts.” They are petty thieves, malcontents and vandals.


11 posted on 08/11/2011 10:42:45 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: SeekAndFind

“For the last year, Great Britain has embraced austerity to a degree that would make some American conservatives blush.”

Nonsense. Great Britain started from a position of a much greater social welfare system, so whatever positive gains they have made in the form of austerity only serves to move them a little closer to our current system. (But, we’re moving rapidly toward them, too).


12 posted on 08/11/2011 10:44:12 AM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: SampleMan

I’d use the word product rather than refuse. Socialism creates dependence based upon need not merit. When support is diminished its dependents lash out. When you feed a bear you better not run out of food.


13 posted on 08/11/2011 10:46:00 AM PDT by Justa
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To: SeekAndFind

Brussels or Amsterdam will be the next big cities to burn. When the welfare runs out for the huge muslim populations they will do what they do best, riot and burn.

(I’m not including Paris because they were first to burn)


14 posted on 08/11/2011 10:47:37 AM PDT by RadiationRomeo (Step into my mind and glimpse the madness that is me)
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To: All

STOP PAYING PEOPLE TO BREED!!!! sorry bout the caps...


15 posted on 08/11/2011 10:48:57 AM PDT by Maverick68
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To: I cannot think of a name

The WWII “lost generation” was at the root of European socialism.

Let me explain:

The loss of male family providers was very high in European participants and socialism was a logical solution to caring for those affected - housewives and children.

Some nations lost 5-8% of population to the war, much higher concentrations of working-age males, leaving gaping holes in the local economies and family support groups.


16 posted on 08/11/2011 10:54:28 AM PDT by sbMKE
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To: Thane_Banquo

That is exactly what those from the UK are saying on FB about the rioters.Most would not get a job even if they were plentiful because they have never known anyone with one.We are now facing the same situation in the USA with 4th and 5th generation welfare recipiants.


17 posted on 08/11/2011 11:37:03 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

Something Breeds Violence!


18 posted on 08/11/2011 11:47:26 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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My version:

STOP PAYING PEOPLE MOOCHERS TO BREED!!!!

19 posted on 08/11/2011 11:52:16 AM PDT by Max in Utah (A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within.)
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To: chris_bdba

Austerity? Nonsense. These riots are just a form of
entertainment for the yob masses.


20 posted on 08/11/2011 11:54:01 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: SampleMan

Feral implies that these people were once domesticated, or maybe, civilized, and have regressed to “wild living”. This is a big assumption!

Then again it would be unfair to lump them in with animals proper who are only acting on instinct in order to survive. These feral humanoids are making a conscious choice to do what they’re doing. Perhaps we need to invent a new category for them. One that captures their immoral nature and reflects their status as sub-animal.


21 posted on 08/11/2011 12:19:24 PM PDT by Al Gore Vidal
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To: SeekAndFind

Here in CA I’m wondering if spending cuts will lead to layoffs of police officers. Indirectly, this would lead to mobs and violence.


22 posted on 08/11/2011 12:36:41 PM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: Maverick68

[ STOP PAYING PEOPLE TO BREED!!!! sorry bout the caps... ]

STOP PAYING PEOPLE WHO HATE YOU TO BREED!!!!!!!!!!


23 posted on 08/11/2011 12:48:25 PM PDT by GraceG
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Here in CA I’m wondering if spending cuts will lead to layoffs of police officers.

Very likely. It's the government's revenge for the people not coughing up more tax money.
They always cut police and fire first.

24 posted on 08/11/2011 12:49:22 PM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Arthur McGowan

“Something Breeds Violence!”

Violence mills?


25 posted on 08/11/2011 1:56:15 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Al Gore Vidal
Feral implies that these people were once domesticated, or maybe, civilized, and have regressed to “wild living”. This is a big assumption!

Feral pigs are descended from domesticated pigs, not to say that they were born domesticated. Same too with these people. They are descended from civilized people, but the cultural rot of socialism has seen them regress to an uncivilized state.

I think feral is an extremely apt term for them.

26 posted on 08/11/2011 3:56:27 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Justa

Refuse is also a product, but refuse better describes how the socialists think concerning their product. These are their castoffs, their acceptable losses, if you will.


27 posted on 08/11/2011 3:58:56 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Crime has fallen in the U.S. through ... (3) Better home security technology; ...

Such as:


28 posted on 08/12/2011 12:32:31 PM PDT by nonsporting
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Next time there’s a crowd waving signs like “Poverty Breeds Terrorism,” or “Climate Injustice Breeds Terrorism,” I’d love to see somebody with a sign saying “Something Breeds Terrorism.”


29 posted on 08/13/2011 4:48:45 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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To: Boogieman

Next time there’s a crowd waving signs like “Poverty Breeds Terrorism,” or “Climate Injustice Breeds Terrorism,” I’d love to see somebody with a sign saying “Something Breeds Terrorism.”


30 posted on 08/13/2011 4:48:59 AM PDT by Arthur McGowan (In Edward Kennedy's America, federal funding of brothels is a right, not a privilege.)
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