August 22, 2011
In 1789 the French citizens reached their breaking point after 15 years of tyrannous rule under Louis XVI. They stormed the Bastille and removed Louis and the Royal Family from power. Louis was beheaded in 1793, along with his Queen, Marie-Antoinette. Plutocracy had been eliminated and the revolution was over.
Glenn Beck said London-like riots are coming to the U.S. I most certainly agree, but that’s where any comparison ends. The point Beck was alluding to is in stark contrast to the Old Man’s. Beck was simply trying to paint liberals, progressives and immigrants (and anyone else slightly left of the extreme far-right) as enemies of America. But they are not the enemy.
Carl Finamore asked “when is a ‘riot’ a revolt?” He was responding to the riot revolt in London earlier this month. Although there was some actual rioting and looting involved, as there always will be, Finamore pointed out the real reason for the revolt which the main-stream media refuses to acknowledge.
“So it appears, this week at least, after years of ignoring glaring inequality and injustice, it is safe to say that all of England took notice of the crowded south London neighborhood of Tottenham and to similar minority communities in Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol where an explosive, fiery social consciousness has been rekindled.” [bold emphases added]
Although the term has been abused, misused and worn out, Professor Juan Cole appropriately used it while addressing the London riots: “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. And, in comparing the London riots with others that have occurred throughout the world this year, Fred Foldvary points out the obvious common link.
“Although there are different circumstances and histories among these events, the common element is economic deprivation. In Europe, the Middle East, and the USA, there is high unemployment, employment insecurity, and economic hardship.” [bold emphases added]
Speaking on the London riots, freelance British journalist Pennie Quinton wrote “I was astonished at the incomprehension generally expressed as to why they had occurred. There seemed to be an extraordinary lack of awareness that working class youth in Britain are being punished for the financial excesses of the banking collapse.” [bold emphases added]
The inequality we are currently experiencing here in the U.S. is going to continue to grow. In fact, consultants are “predicting that within five years certain Southern U.S. states will be among the cheapest manufacturing locations in the developed world — and competitive with China”, making the USA the next low-wage haven.
“For years advisers like the Boston Consulting Group got paid big bucks to tell their clients to produce in China. Now, they say, rising wages there, fueled by worker unrest, and low wages in Mississippi, Alabama, and South Carolina mean that soon it won’t be worth the hassle of locating overseas.”
When the majority of workers in America put their political biases aside and finally accept their fate which includes the fact that most of them will not be able to retire until at least age 72, with many having to work to 84, with no health care or retirement benefits, the gates are going to bust wide open. City streets across the nation will be filled with revolter’s, including Washington, D.C. The root cause for all this is summed up by David DeGraw in “Analysis of Financial Terrorism in America: Over 1 Million Deaths Annually, 62 Million People With Zero Net Worth, As the Economic Elite Make Off With $46 Trillion”. It’s a lengthy read, but the title tells it all.
As Emily Manuel said, “Riots are what happen when people are given too little, pushed too far, and stop being afraid of their governments.”
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky