Over the past few nights, London has been ravaged by riots. Apparently caused by a community backlash in response to the killing of a criminal suspect during an arrest, it has spawned a whole sequence of riots across London which have spread to some disaffected areas across the UK. It’s not the epidemic that the media (and especially Twitter) would contend, but it highlights a discomfort in the inner cities – and this makes the new middle class (which includes anyone reading this) really uneasy.
But we have swathes of the twitterati middle class shouting “mindless! thuggery! scum!”. They’re pointing from their lofty pedestals at the disaffected.
Because the people rioting are obviously mouth-breathing morlocks. Would it actually be better if they had raised the Penguin Classics section, if there were youngsters running through the streets clutching works by Austen, Wordsworth and Shelley? We live in the most “aesthetic” era in history, enabled by technology. Of course they’re going to steal technology.
“A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither.”
Because it’s important these people are imprisoned. For decades. That’ll help. This is the same genius that wanted the Army on the streets. People would die (and yes, it’s even more scary that he has a seat in the House of Lords. Obviously didn’t turn up to the orientation classes).
I imagine a dystopia caused by this willingness to turn to force, to fight fire with fire. To turn our armies, populated by the young and disaffected, upon their brothers and sisters.
So we surrender the streets to the Army and sit comfortable in our homes. Rather than resolve the problems. Yes, I hold the perpetrators of violence and destruction wholly responsible for their individual actions but I hold society (not just the government) responsible for creating a situation where the only response is violence. Why is it that we can find billions for corrupt bankers but we are being asked to tighten our belts when it comes to education, health and social wellbeing. Because the destabilisation of the banks would cause the disintegration of the country? Surprise surprise. Your actions to save everything may have caused the current unrest.
A change in society would require more effort. The disaffected will destroy everything they do not have a personal investment in. This has been shown time and time again. And yet projects which benefit the disaffected, which channel their abilities constructively, are being cut time and time again.
We’re going to have to be part of the change we wish to see.