I just read a superb article about the causes of the riots in England. It is titled “Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalized youngsters.” It is worth a read.
Update: this was written yesterday, before Jim opened with the subject on today’s show. Sorry for any repitition.
In summary, it describes in great detail how the liberalization of the schools and the rise of the welfare state has produced what is characterized as “feral children….at the bottom of our society is a layer of young people with no skills, education, values or aspirations. They do not have what most of us would call ‘lives’: they simply exist…The notions of doing a nine-to-five job, marrying and sticking with a wife and kids, taking up DIY or learning to read properly, are beyond their imaginations.”
To quote a relevant passage:
This has ultimately been sanctioned by Parliament, which refuses to accept, for instance, that children are more likely to prosper with two parents than with one, and that the dependency culture is a tragedy for those who receive something for nothing.
The judiciary colludes with social services and infinitely ingenious lawyers to assert the primacy of the rights of the criminal and aggressor over those of law-abiding citizens, especially if a young offender is involved.
The police, in recent years, have developed a reputation for ignoring yobbery and bullying, or even for taking the yobs’ side against complainants.
‘The problem,’ said Bill Pitt, the former head of Manchester’s Nuisance Strategy Unit, ‘is that the law appears to be there to protect the rights of the perpetrator, and does not support the victim.’
Police regularly arrest householders who are deemed to have taken ‘disproportionate’ action to protect themselves and their property from burglars or intruders. The message goes out that criminals have little to fear from ‘the feds’.
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.
Finally, the author has the only sane solution:
Unless or until those who run Britain introduce incentives for decency and impose penalties for bestiality which are today entirely lacking, there will never be a shortage of young rioters and looters such as those of the past four nights, for whom their monstrous excesses were ‘a great fire, man’.
Do the recent flash mob crimes in Philadelphia, Chicago and most recently, the apparently racially motivated attacks at the State Fair in Wisconsin ring any bells, just to name a few? The link between these crimes and the riots in England are the fact that disaffected youths, products of decades of liberal “mothering”, have turned violent at a moment’s notice, and, using social media software, coordinated crimes across cities.
Do the recent riots in Greece and earlier in Great Britain, due to austerity measures being necessarily enacted, look like something that could only happen in some foreign country? Don’t bet on it. Great Britain and Greece, among others, had a head start, but our liberals are right on their heels, and we are starting to see the effects here.
Liberalism may be the mental disorder Michael Savage calls it, but it has many of the characteristics of a pandemic, and appears to be virulent, spreading rapidly from host country to host country.