Russell Brand comments on the riots in England. It’s a long, worthwhile article.
Here’s a snippet (emphasis added).
Why am I surprised that these young people behave destructively, “mindlessly”, motivated only by self-interest? How should we describe the actions of the city bankers who brought our economy to its knees in 2010? Altruistic? Mindful? Kind? But then again, they do wear suits, so they deserve to be bailed out, perhaps that’s why not one of them has been imprisoned. And they got away with a lot more than a few . . . pairs of trainers.
These young people have no sense of community because they haven’t been given one. They have no stake in society because Cameron’s mentor Margaret Thatcher told us there’s no such thing.
They remind me of the Watts riots, which were also a self-destructive explosion of pressure that had been building for a long, long time.
When pressure results in a spontaneous explosion, you won’t find a strategy to the explosion, but you will find causes.
Link and video shamelessly stolen from C&L.