Ich habe die London Riots hier kaum erwähnt, weil ich zu spät in das Thema einstieg und dann alles bereits überall stand. Oh ja, and a Photoshoplooter, how funny.
Tatsächlich denke ich nicht, dass das Thema annähernd lustig ist und ich denke auch nicht, dass diese Kids unpolitisch handeln, auch wenn sie es niemals so formulieren würden. Dazu zwei Zitate: Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK: „Don't know what I want, but I know how to get it“ und aus einem fünf Jahre alten Interview auf spOnline, damals im Zusammenhang mit der Diskussion um die Gewalt an Hauptschulen: „Gewalt ist nun mal die ökonomischste und einfachste Art und Weise, Erfolgserlebnisse und Macht zu erleben. Aggression und Gewalt sind für diese Jugendlichen eine hoch ökonomische Überlebensstrategie.“
Dann, bevor irgendjemand überhaupt hier anfangen könnte zu denken, dass ich das Verhalten dieser Kids in irgendeiner Weise entschuldigen würde, zwei Videos eines Taxifahrers aus London, der die Angelegenheit ziemlich genau auf den Punkt bringt, gefolgt vom letzten Eintrag auf der Facebookseite von Massive Attack. Ich denke, insgesamt macht das meinen Standpunkt recht deutlich.
In context with the complicit support of the government, the banks looted the nation's wealth while destroying countless small businesses and brought the whole economy to its knees in a covert, clean manner, rather like organised crime.
Our reaction was to march and wave banners and then bail them out. These kids would have to riot and steal every night for a year to run up a bill equivalent to the value of non-paid tax big business has 'avoided' out of the economy this year alone.
They may not articulate their grievances like the politicians that condemn them but this is absolutely political. As for the 'mindless violence'… is there anything more mindless than the British taxpayer quietly paying back the debts of others while contributing bullets to conflicts that we have absolutely no understanding of?
It's mad, sad and scary when we have to take to the streets to defend our homes and businesses from angry thieving kids, but where are the police and what justice is ever done when the mob is dressed in pin stripe.
(via Dangerous Minds)
[update] Von Peter Oborne im Telegraph: The moral decay of our society is as bad at the top as the bottom.
It should be stressed that most people (including, I know, Telegraph readers) continue to believe in honesty, decency, hard work, and putting back into society at least as much as they take out.
But there are those who do not. Certainly, the so-called feral youth seem oblivious to decency and morality. But so are the venal rich and powerful – too many of our bankers, footballers, wealthy businessmen and politicians.
Of course, most of them are smart and wealthy enough to make sure that they obey the law. That cannot be said of the sad young men and women, without hope or aspiration, who have caused such mayhem and chaos over the past few days. But the rioters have this defence: they are just following the example set by senior and respected figures in society. Let’s bear in mind that many of the youths in our inner cities have never been trained in decent values. All they have ever known is barbarism. Our politicians and bankers, in sharp contrast, tend to have been to good schools and universities and to have been given every opportunity in life.
Something has gone horribly wrong in Britain. If we are ever to confront the problems which have been exposed in the past week, it is essential to bear in mind that they do not only exist in inner-city housing estates.
The culture of greed and impunity we are witnessing on our TV screens stretches right up into corporate boardrooms and the Cabinet. It embraces the police and large parts of our media. It is not just its damaged youth, but Britain itself that needs a moral reformation.