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WideShut asks: England Riots: Pure Criminality? Or Perfect Storm of Social Injustice?

August 13, 2011

Why It Got Out of Control

The subsequent rioting that Duggan’s friends and family have rightfully dissociated themselves from is a clear example of broken Western society. The environment had already been created, all it needed was a spark.

Although we might laugh at the absurdity of poor British kids looting sneakers and iPods, probably manufactured by a much poorer slave labour force, that humor should turn to pity. These rioters are what have been left behind by a decadent, materialist and corrupt society. They live in a country that promotes greed and goodies by any means necessary, but due to the nature of that rat race, they are not part of it. It’s not mathematically possible for everybody to be rich. They are the statistics left out in the cold.

As the African proverb says: “If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.”

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