Sunday, August 14, 2011

Rumble in London (Part 2)

(Continued from Part 1)

Now that we've looked at what exactly happened in London we need to ask ourselves an obvious yet crucial question. Why did this happen? As The Merovingian in The Matrix Reloaded aptly puts it "Our only hope, our only peace is to understand it. To understand the why. Why is the only source of power. Without it you are powerless." 

Ok charming french accents aside we must understand why these riots took place, and I think thats where things get a little bit interesting. I need to make something clear, the riots have nothing to do with "race" or a "liberal agenda" contrary to what some right wing conservative outlets would have us believe. The rioters came from diverse backgrounds and I highly doubt that their political beliefs spurred them to loot stores and set cars on fire. So while it wasn't about liberalism or race, it however had everything to do with class. And when I mean class I'm talking about the Upper class, Middle class, and the Working class. What we're seeing is young members of the Working Class rising up and rioting against the economic imbalance that is prevalent in the UK as in many other countries as well. The unavailability of jobs and general unemployment rates are a major factor at play here as it was in the protests in Greece. In fact, things aren't looking so good here in the USA either according to the recent Gallup polls despite a moderate improvement in job conditions just last month. In the UK its not just the working class that are struggling to find jobs but it seems the middle class isn't having a great time either. And many of these people who DO have a job however are finding it increasingly difficult to afford their standard of living. Costs are going up but salaries and wages on the other hand aren't. In fact in most cases they're even going down.

Now what we know from Police reports coming out of the UK is that the vast majority of the rioters arrested were young working class people, many of whom were teenagers (born in the 1990s). Now get this, according to the BBC the highest employment rates between 6.0 - 7.9 % were prevalent in the largest urban cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, etc etc. Well guess what? These are the same exact areas which were hit by riots.

*cue dramatic music*

I think we have a significant correlation here, Ladies & Gentlemen. Quick someone phone Prime Minister Cameron about this! More statistics can be found here at the Office of National Statistics and on their youtube channel.

What the UK government needs to do is come up with a viable economic solution, not harsher police measure as was ranted by the PM David Cameron. In fact whats happening in London is symptomatic of a greater economic problem across Europe and in the USA in general. You have to be completely nuts to give tax cuts to the insanely rich while increasing taxes for the not so rich. As long as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer these problems will continue. Now I'm not saying that this excuses the actions of the idiots who went out and looted shops and stores in London, however at the same time we also cannot ignore the economic situation in the UK which is no doubt the underlying factor behind these riots.


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