August 11, 2011

UK Prime Minister David Cameron: "This is not about poverty, it's about culture."

"A culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and says everything about rights but nothing about responsibilities."

ADDED: The link goes to a WSJ article that requires a subscription to get far into. Here's a transcript of Cameron's entire statement.

144 comments:

pduggie said...

That's too bad. Because if it was about poverty you could alleviate the poverty.

If its about culture, you pretty much only have bullets as a solution.

Or other forceful measures.

Sixty Grit said...

He is a heretic. He will burn for that.

Keystone said...

Fear is a good short term motivator. The rioters showed no evidence of fear which shows social control has broken down.

Phil 3:14 said...

I think Cameron is searching for "the narrative" like the rest of us. Is it so hard to admit that we're not sure who these people were; if there was any unifying motivation; how it spread from city to city, etc.

The present narratives are political (reaction to conservative policies), economic (poor deserving more) and moral (i.e. Cameron's narrative) Each helps us "control" something that seems "out of control" and impossible to understand.

Fred4Pres said...

It is about poverty of any civility. Too bad that England does not have any colonies to send these Hooligans off too. We could use a new Australia.

ndspinelli said...

That's racist.

edutcher said...

Cameron's right and it's why conservatives have to take back the media from the Lefties.

The hard core Left has created a culture that has absolutely no values and no respect for the traditions of Western society. Witness John Cleese, having done all he could to demean British culture and tradition, making a great show of no longer living in London because it was no longer an English city.

Fred4Pres said...

It is about poverty of any civility. Too bad that England does not have any colonies to send these Hooligans off too. We could use a new Australia.

There's always Antarctica.

Or Mars.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

There's always Antarctica.

Or Mars.


I hear that the moon is a harsh mistress.

DADvocate said...

It's more about a culture of entitlement and hatred of the rich than a culture of violence. Listen to the girls on this short video. It's about drinking and taking what you want from the evil rich.

Obama and the Dems are working hard creating the same atmosphere here.

Moose said...

Correct as far as it goes, but woefully inadequate as an explaination. How did they get that way? Where did our liberalized culture get them there? And why is it no one is blaming modern culture's tendency to accomodate anything called a "lifestyle"?

Palladian said...

I can't endorse Cameron's statement, at least not fully. The problem isn't people "showing disrespect to authority". I'd say a big part of the problem over there belongs to this entitled sense of "authority" on the part of the State. "Authority" had a large hand in setting up a hideous culture of dependence, irresponsibility and entitlement, while at the same time criminalizing the most basic rights of normal citizens to self-defense and personal agency. How is anyone, yob or brutalized shopkeeper, supposed to respect this "authority" that didn't allow the former to develop any self-respect and punished the latter for daring to possess self-respect and personal responsibility in the first place?

This assumption of "authority" is one of the reasons why we colonials shook off the ancestors of these latter-day Georgians several centuries ago.

Carol_Herman said...

Horseshit! It's like Oslo. Full of "awards" ... given to bastards. Amounting to NOTHING! Where the cops don't even come when a lone gunman is killing a campsite full of kids!

You know something else? OSLO's WORSE!

In England, now, are hard working people who have made a discovery.

This is the discovery: COPS ARE USELESS.

In the future, when a "yob" decides to stick his hands into a storekeeper's pile of goods ... before he's out the door his hands will be chopped off.

No one will call the police.

All the police do is paperwork.

And, good luck to the "yob" showing up at the hospital expecting emergency care. Because, there, in England, to see a doctor, first you have to put your name on a list!

What's changed? People will have less fear protecting their property. And, to avoid arrest ... the "yobs" will just decay. They won't even be missed at home!

What you can also do? Is watch the police not need paper! By not calling them, they'll do fewer reports.

And, Cameron, who wants to cut back on the police budget, can not only do that. But he can save on paper!

Is this the best way to live?

Well, this is what happens when you see nothing.

And, when a cop comes over you say "AM I FREE TO LEAVE?"

Something happened? I didn't see it. Officer, I left home without my glasses.

Hey, will it still be a big deal if the queen taps you on each of your shoulders with her sword?

Isn't Chamberlain still a joke?

Socialism will not prevail! The "yobs" ahead will not get "free" money in the mail.

chickenlittle said...

WTF is a "yob"?

Do they go to gaol?

Titus said...

I just pinched a massive diversity loaf.

Every variety of loaf was represented.

Clouds.

Carol_Herman said...

What's so bad about learning self-defense?

Shouting Thomas said...

Lots of rants out there about the cause of it all. My favorite by Melanie Phillips: How the liberals ruined Britain. Short answer... deliberate destruction of the nuclear family by the welfare state.

asdf said...

To the extent it is about culture, it is about white culture. Namely, the lack of desire by whites to effectively suppress a low IQ, impulsive, violent minority. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that when left to their own devices, people of African descent have a tendency to return to the manner of behavior one finds in Africa. Further evidence can be found throughout the United States in any large city and in many small and large cities throughout the South.

I suspect this comment will be deleted shortly.

Original Mike said...

I don't know about calling criminality "culture", but ...

Scott M said...

"A culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and says everything about rights but nothing about responsibilities."

The people he's talking about tuned after that second bit. Granted, he's talking ABOUT these people to others, but "disrespects authority" is what a Democrat operative might call "bad optics".

Cameron needs more kinetic civil action.

Titus said...

I heard John Burns, from NY Times, say there were quite a few whiteys involved with this as well.

I just assumed it was the nigras but it seems there were some crackers too.

Clouds.

Palladian said...

"WTF is a "yob"?"

It's the boy in the mirror.

MaggotAtBroad&Wall said...

I think he's right. It is the culture.

Multiculturalism, progressivism, militant feminism, are all forms of radical egalitarianism that characterizes the New Left movement that sprung up in the '60s. Thank your liberal arts colleges and universities for this disease on Western civilization. They chose to become organizations that not only impart objective knowledge, such as the hard sciences, language, classical philosophy, music, literature, history, etc. But then the Frankfurt School adherents introduced the essentially worthless "soft sciences" into the curricula which are at their core nothing more than grievance courses. Sociology, women's studies, african-american studies, etc. And at their essence, any course of study that can trace it's roots back to the Frankfurt School is designed to promote "liberal" leftist ideology.

Liberal Arts colleges and univesities are as much indoctrination factories as they are institutions of higher learning.

Maguro said...

How is anyone, yob or brutalized shopkeeper, supposed to respect this "authority" that didn't allow the former to develop any self-respect and punished the latter for daring to possess self-respect and personal responsibility in the first place?

Self-respect and personal responsibility from the rioting classes would be great, but if you can't have that, cowering deference to authority is better than what they've got now.

Roman said...

Always remember: when seconds count, the police are only minutes away. In the UK, they may show up unarmed. Good luck.

Fred4Pres said...

My wife and I used to watch Ladettes to Ladies. That was a great show. It is pathetic the combination of being unattractive, lazy and stupid is (with a heavy dose of chronic alcoholism and drug use mixed in). If anyone wants to critize American culture for being low rent and sleazy, the Ladette culture of the U.K. today makes the kids in To Sir, With Love look like an Oxford class.

Scott M said...

Thank your liberal arts colleges and universities for this disease on Western civilization...

...a worldview cultured in a petri dish of extreme affluence and a growth media of white guilt. Without those two things, it never would have happened. The problem is that it colonized quickly, spread beyond standard virulent controls, infected the lab's techs and managers, and now threatens to kill all the hosts.

Fred4Pres said...

Ladette to Lady

Scott M said...

In the UK, they may show up unarmed. Good luck.

I heard the audio this morning of Cameron stating, as if it were some grand declaration of authority, that water cannons could be deployed with twenty-four hours notice.

WATER CANNON OPERATOR: Right (roight?) We're here. Where are the little biters?
BANDAGED BOBBY: They up and left round yesterday at this time.

Jean said...

http://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/Culture/Extras/KingsoftheDeal/page.html

Jean said...

http://www.johnderbyshire.com/Opinions/Culture/Extras/KingsoftheDeal/page.html

Jean said...

http://www.johnderbyshire.com


/Opinions/Culture/Extras/

KingsoftheDeal/page.html

hopefully you can get the
link this way?

AJ Lynch said...

I guess Cameron has not heard about The Poverty Tour being hustled Cornel West and Tavis Smiley.

traditionalguy said...

The problem is a lack of fathers.

The Nanny State outlawed the power of fathers and their personal weapons of defense.

The substitute is of course a delusional mess.

It makes you happy to see Mexican immigrants most of whom respect authority after they get here.

KenK said...

Here Jean.
Link

AJ Lynch said...

Let's face it - about 5% of our population is doomed because they think Jersey Shore, Girls Gone Wild, the Kardashians, Pimp My Crib and stuff like that is real life. They see dopes like those depicted on these shows and they think "hey I can do that too!"

tree hugging sister said...

Well, when you've lost The Guardian...

Fred4Pres said...

There has always been an underclass in England. It was kept in check with captial punishment, an expansive British army and navy that sucked up young men for service, and transportation to the colonies.

This current mess is from decades of neglect, combined with a social welfare net that helps encourage a large minority of citizens to wallow lives of nothingness.

Fred4Pres said...

It makes you happy to see Mexican immigrants most of whom respect authority after they get here.

We have our problems too, but Mexican immigrants are more a symptom than an actual cause. I agree that most Mexicans are hard working and just looking for opportunity. They find it because the United States has its own underclass that does not feel the need to work hard in lower level jobs. We also get Mexican drug gangs, taking advantage of a lucrative drug market.

The UK does not have Mexicans, it has immigrants from Eastern Europe who do the jobs the local folks on the dole don't seem terribly inclined to do. They also have a sizable population of Pakistanis and Muslim Indians who are split between those who are British citizens and participants in the economy and those who live in self created Muslim ghettos.

edutcher said...

Scott M said...

"A culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and says everything about rights but nothing about responsibilities."

The people he's talking about tuned after that second bit. Granted, he's talking ABOUT these people to others, but "disrespects authority" is what a Democrat operative might call "bad optics".

Cameron needs more kinetic civil action.


Actually, he needs to give them a whiff of grapeshot.

gerry said...

Good Lord, everyone's a cultural expert now.

chickenlittle said...

Palladian at 10:28 said...It's the boy in the mirror.

Who?
You mean Tommy?

I thought "Yob" might be a euphemism for the boy named Ignorance.

but most of all beware this boy,
for on his brow I see that written which is Doom
.

Fred4Pres said...

gerry, if being an expert means not tollerating this sort of hooliganism and using appropriate force to resist it, yeah I am an expert. That sort of reaction used to be called common sense and decency.

MarkG said...

Good Lord, everyone's a cultural expert now.

What we should do is task some university sociologists and anthropologist to tell us why these riots occur and how to stop/prevent them. Then we'll take them at their word.

Just kidding!

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Carol_Herman said...

So. After the bullshit, what's the cure?

The British were hit by the Blitz. They heard them coming. Hitler thought BINGO, the island would be his. HA. HA.

History doesn't turn on an event!

Maybe, in Oslo things will never get better? But they can stick you in the cold, outside, till your tuchis freezes over!

London's getting the olympics, soon. You bet there's gonna be "security."

With the Olympics? They'll use the Disney model.

The Disney model has security that can pop up from underground. And, the trouble makers are carted off. Where do they go? I don't know.

But Disney's methods? That's what corporations use.

Here? The "yobs" went after the mom and pop stores! You're in the ghetto. It's not main street. And, whatever solutions will be used by store owners ... they're not gonna call in the BBC to advertise.

Hey, how come the wedding in April went off without a hitch?

DISNEY PROVIDES THE UPPER CRUST WITH ALL THE PROTECTION THEY NEED. And, they also let in the cameras.

At the till, it was a win-win.

purplepenquin said...

I suspect this comment will be deleted shortly

Hahahahaha! That's pretty funny.

Actually, you've found a happy home here. I reckon I'll be one of the few to say that your racist rant has no basis in reality, but other comments on this blog make it obvious that most of the commentators (and the hosts?) agree with that opinion of yours. Or, at the very least, don't disagree...

Carol_Herman said...

Yobbo. Yob. Thug. Born to make trouble. Too late to say Neanderthal.

Guess who gets the genetic edge?

Cedarford said...

Purple Penguin -
I think the people that wanted independence from the UK (or Spain) centuries ago were a far cry from the 3rd World welfare state thugs and yobs out looting and pillaging.
Many areas didn't even have a full time "hero cop force" most didn't even have a single full time one.

Scott M said...

History doesn't turn on an event!

Au Contraire. Hitler was almost killed during WWI. A great deal of our timeline's history would have turn on that singular event.

Phil 3:14 said...

I will still claim there isn't enough info yet to say "who these people were"

-common criminals?

-welfare recipients?

-ethnic minorities?

-angry whites?

(have I missed anyone?)

but such descriptions don't really tell us much and simply appeal to a particular bias (remember the media meme of "lots of white people" to describe the Tea Party, but not used to describe the protesters in Wisconsin.)

This was not happening three months ago and suddenly it happened all over England. What changed and what allowed it to occur in several different locations?

Tim said...

The obvious moral hazard of the welfare state as conceived, enacted, promoted and protected by Western Leftist is that it would result in ""A culture that glorifies violence, shows disrespect to authority, and says everything about rights but nothing about responsibilities."

All one had to do was to think it through...it's easy, if you try.

Hoosier Daddy said...

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Robert A. Heinlein

hoop said...

If anybody's interested, the House of Commons is having a fascinating discussion about the riots and the BBC is carrying it live. There seems to be general consensus that the police need to have more support to act in good faith without fear of retribution. They haven't yet hit on the role of citizens in their own self-defense, yet. I've been waiting for that one to see how it goes.

linky

madAsHell said...

It's about multi-culture.
It doesn't work.

chickenlittle said...

Carol_Herman said...
Yobbo. Yob. Thug. Born to make trouble. Too late to say Neanderthal.

Is "yob" well known in the British vernacular? If it is then OK. If it's not, then why not "thug"? Or is that term laden with too much Indian baggage?

Ditto for the the term "wilding"--that's the rioter's preferred term for thuggery. Makes it sound like some boyish rite of passage.

Carol_Herman said...

When a comment is deleted it's deleted by the author OF THE COMMENT! Don't blame Ann. She lets everything fly.

You know, I've never even seen her talk about throwing an eraser at a student's head.

We're supposed to be adults.

With all sorts of opinions. These are called opinions, because they are not mind-changers.

Unless you collect opinions and weigh them up.

But even then, Gallup can get the results wrong. Statistically speaking it's all about math without a table. But with al-gore's-rhythm. (Where I've been thinking Al Gore just ain't got no rhythm at all.)

Oh. And, we're not a club!

Scott M said...

It's about multi-culture.
It doesn't work.


Peter F. Hamilton, in his Night's Dawn series, made the point that it DOES work, so long as each subculture within the greater culture has its own planet to spread out on.

hoop said...

Yob is definitely British. It's being used frequently in their papers, and I may have even heard it in the House of Commons. Not entirely sure, though.

But they do use thug as well. And feral.

Cedarford said...

asdf - Your post was racist to the extent it broad-brushed all blacks as behaving in a certain way.

But liberals are just as guilty by their strident, near hysterical demand that we not associate behaviors to any culture or group.

"Not all Muslims are terrorists, but most terrorists are Muslims"

Liberal - It should be illegal, a hate crime, or you should be censored by wise government people or fired by employers for saying such...because there are non-Muslim terrorists..You hating, hateful bigot!!

"Not all flash mobbers beating people on the street are black thugs targeting white people...but that is true in most cases."

Liberal - The fact that some non-black thugs have done flash mobs, and sometimes targeted non-whites just shows how evil and racist you are to make such a statement. You should apologize before we feel you must be dragged before the people and shamed and punished. You cannot generalize! This is simply individuals doing crime and Rule of Law and our majestic courts are more than up to the task of serving justice. Shut up!

Shouting Thomas said...

Add purplepenguin to our list of the expected PC idiots.

Carol_Herman said...

I just learned "yob" as an expression. Made in England. Because I linked to something Irene posted, yesterday.

I kind'a liked the sound of "yob" ... It worked for me.

But, if you saw with your eyes a mob coming ... and you didn't just turn and run. What would you call this? Thunder? Feet of thunder?

How do expressions catch on, anyway?

Carol_Herman said...

No, Shouting Thomas. No such animal alive.

And, no blue pencil strokes, here, either.

We are not a club!

Clubs suck even when it's just soda, empty of flavoring.

Cedarford said...

Hoosier Daddy said...
An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.

Robert A. Heinlein

======================
Heinlein did not live in Afghanistan, Somalia, or Iraq.

If you read his stuff, he clearly meant an armed white society was a polite society Because his post doomsday fiction was always about plucky, freedom-loving, noble capitalist whites protecting themselves with cherished firearms against the howling mobs of the cities (read rioting niggers of the 60s) Darky mobs that reverted to savagery the moment the veneer of civilization was removed.

He also did not favor well-armed bug societies, considering them more dangerous than inner city dwellers with guns that sought the sacred private property of whites who best be armed in their survival camps.

madAsHell said...

It's the boy in the mirror.

dyslexic much??

I think you sailed this one over their heads.

Carol_Herman said...

Scott M. None of us have a third eye. Hindsight doesn't change circumstances. And, "what if" is a proposition that fails when you're trying to make sense of complex issues.

We know all about hitler. From beginning to end. And, at the end, there are people who are unaware of the trouble and costs he made. As he left germany in a stinking primordial pile.

Japanese leadership did the same.

And, ya know what? Those two countries ... like China and India, today ... are blessed with birthing the brightest people.

We are all but a moment in time.

There will always be people who will regard the worst of us as hero material.

While I tend to look, eventually, at the bottom lines. And, I notice how so much stuff "just fades away." Not just great generals, either.

MarkG said...

Here's the link Irene posted yesterday. A good primer.

Carol_Herman said...

Mad As Hell @ 11:47 AM

"yob" is boy ... like god is dog.

To each his own.

The "yob" part started as "yobbo" ... Down south, in America, calling someone 'boy' was an insult all its own. Was done to make those who couldn't respond, angry.

Why get angry at morons?

PatCA said...

Remember the song Officer Krupke from West Side Story?

It mocked the sociological explanation for thug violence--and it was written over 50 years ago! Why have we in the West not learned the lesson yet?

Revenant said...

In a first-world nation like the UK, poverty is *itself* about culture.

Fred4Pres said...

PatCa, there is a Sondheim thread just for you today!

Levi Starks said...

Common criminal,
House of Commons,
Common the rapper.

Freder Frederson said...

Hey Ann, Cedarford used the "n" word. Isn't that the one offense that will get a comment deleted here? Or is that only when it is used to expose racism in others and not when it is heart-felt racism by the commenter?

Cedarford said...

Scott M said...
History doesn't turn on an event!

Au Contraire. Hitler was almost killed during WWI. A great deal of our timeline's history would have turn on that singular event.

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That subscribes to the Single Great Man as the prime causative factor of all History.

That is rarely so. Leaders come out of movements. No Stalin, some other ruthless survivor of the Jewish-Russian Bolshevik mob would have emerged and done the same sort of democide. Ditto Mao.
No Lincoln, same sort of flow of history.
Shoot Hitler in WWI and Germany would still be revanchist, still out to change that map of Europe, still out to reduce or eliminate undue Jewish influence on industry, finance, and the Red Terror.
Hard right fascism in response to the Soviet would still have emerged in multiple places in Europe.
Without Hitler, Germany might have fared better in WWII. He ignored top German political and military advice to move into Spain and close off the Med to the Brits. Or to finish off Britain following sealing the Med - before hitting the Soviets. Or grant the Poles and Ukrainians an autonomous Protectorate then independence if they would join Germany in war against their communist masters.

Alternate history is somewhat entertaining, like moot trials that never happened.
But the Single Great Man as Prime Mover of History has been fairly well debunked..despite Americans, in particular, seeking to personalize things so the upcoming movies will be more entertaining.

Bin Laden was not the evil mastermind of all Muslim terror. Killing him was personally gratifying, but of no real consequence in the flow of history.
MLK did not come out of nowhere as the single Black Moses who had the ability to lead His People to the Promised Land.

Carol_Herman said...

Hoop, I linked.

Sounds like Cameron is channeling Disney. Those whose businesses were destroyed will be compensated by Parliament. (While I'm sure insurance companies will jump in and add a category ... as was done here, in California, where you pay money to protect yourself from earthquake damage.)

One way or another the government "provides." (And, the taxpayer's wallet is opened.)

What place hasn't seen riots?

Are they always caused by a shortage of food? Or the viseral hatreds that develop between one group rubbing shoulders with another group?) Gosh darn if I know.

What does it mean that Cameron now gets worldwide attention?

Are we watching solutions being debated? Or just another show?

Again. I have no idea.

Behind the scenes, what will the storekeepers do?

Part of this problem is cell phones! Ubiquitous! An easy riot, it seems, to start ... if people respond ... when you "call them by number."

Perhaps? Perhaps the "new riot" ... is something like a "flash mob" ... where people once came to dance and sing? And, get on U-tube.

Is it the cameras ... and the content that gets noticed around the world ... that drives this beast?

I just don't know!

But if it is "theatre" ... the advantages of being recognized before you arrive at the mic ... may be what keeps the circus tent up, after all?

Watching Parliament, now, how can you tell the difference between a good debate and hot air?

Oh, wow. So much goes on behind the scenes ... of which we just do not know.

It's like Marshall McLuen's stop watch. Is the 15-minutes up yet?

Levi Starks said...

Actually While listening to BBC overnight, I heard one female commentary who described the problem as resulting from the diminishment of of the social welfare system. to quote she said "The UK used to have a social welfare system that gave people pride"
I was not aware that pride was a thing that could passed out like so much candy on Halloween.

Scott M said...

But the Single Great Man as Prime Mover of History has been fairly well debunked

Please explain, without access to those other timelines, how this could be "debunked". I'm not suggesting what I said is gospel. I'm simply skeptical that you can debunk something like this...sort of the opposite of first-level counterfactuals, it would seem.

Alex said...

White guilt is the single biggest reason for the downfall of civilization the last 40 years.

lyssalovelyredhead said...

Purple Penguin, I'd really be interested in seeing your lists of the comments which "make it obvious that most of the commentators (and the hosts?) agree with that opinion of yours. Or, at the very least, don't disagree..."

Also, when did Althouse become two people?

- Lyssa

hoop said...

Carol,

The current HoC session is just a bunch of 4-minute speeches by the present members (and most are not present at the time). I don't know how frequently British politicians will give speeches for the sake of generating quotes for their next campaign. If they do that (like we too often do), this day could be just that.

But even at that, and even considering that most of the House is absent, it's nearly unanimous that police need more license to actively put down riots rather than just hold defensive positions. And there is basically zero discussion about the average citizen's role in protection of their own property and that of their neighbors.

For those interested in UK gun control debate - that seems to be a light year or two away from the table. So far, only one person commended the citizens who organized to defend neighborhoods.

Cedarford said...

Freder Frederson said...
Hey Ann, Cedarford used the "n" word. Isn't that the one offense that will get a comment deleted here? Or is that only when it is used to expose racism in others and not when it is heart-felt racism by the commenter?

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Hey Freder, not my fault you are too stupid to note that Heinlein was greatly influenced by rioting black mobs in the 50s (anticolonial terrorists)and 60s (US inner cities) and used bug aliens, all white survival camps, and "spacing" unproductive, parasitic members of lunar colonies who did not work enough to earn their oxygen...to illustrate his libertarian sentiments.

He wasn't the only one that wrote in sci-fi "code" for how problems in society could be addressed in a fictional context. Pournelle, Niven, Arthur C Clarke also did it in certain us vs. the savages themes...And writers in the bedwetting liberal and E. European, Soviet camps had their themes in sci-fi.

Paul said...

But when this 'authority' gives so much money away to the lazy, bankrupts the thrifty, disarms the good people, and even teaches sex from a gynecologist point of view to little children, well why would anyone respect such 'authority'?

The Brits are getting the kind of government their socialist tendencies crave.

I only worry of America will get the same. Just re-elect Obama and find out.

Scott M said...

Pournelle, Niven, Arthur C Clarke also did it in certain us vs. the savages themes

Not influenced at all by that land war in Asia at the time, nosir. Despite the fact that there was an enemy technologically inferior and fighting like savages, giving us much grief. Nope. No influence. It HAD to be all those black people.

BarryD said...

It's about a culture of emasculation, where law-abiding citizens are threatened with prison time for defending themselves and their businesses, while looters have "human rights" to worry about (like the right to loot without police harassment).

Joe said...

I believe a big contributor is the sense of entitlement instilled by politcially correct liberals who preached that simply desiring something is sufficient.

My ex-wife believed that simply having the right intention was sufficient excuse for anything. She's nuts, so what does that make liberals who pretty much believe the same (then there are those born againers who believe that simply believing in Jesus is sufficient to save you; my conclusion, an awful lot of self-proclaimed religious conservatives are merely liberals opposed to abortion.)

gerry said...

My bad. I was referring to this when I cited "cultural experts". I was not condemning anyone critical of the cultures of dependency both here and abroad.

Freder Frederson said...

I haven't read a series of ill-informed, completely ignorant statements in a long time. And that is saying a lot since I read this blog frequently. But with this thread you have all outdone yourselves. Cedarford even has enough guts to blame the niggers knowing he can get away with it.

In total, how much time of any of you spent in England? You don'r know the first thing about the nation or the people yet you are willing to condemn the whole society.

You are just a bunch of ignorant morons who don't even bother to examine your preconceived notions.

Scott M said...

Et tu, freder?

MayBee said...

DADvocate: It's more about a culture of entitlement and hatred of the rich than a culture of violence. Listen to the girls on this short video. It's about drinking and taking what you want from the evil rich.

Obama and the Dems are working hard creating the same atmosphere here.


Yes.
Obama paints a picture of cuts in government spending being done on the backs of the poor, while the greedy rich won't pay their fair share as they sit around and count their money.

He's probably lucky he's going on vacation right now, before he says anything else.

chickenlittle said...

Lyssa said: Also, when did Althouse become two people?

If I had to guess I'd say that the mindmeld happened shortly after the wedding.

Freder Frederson said...

White guilt is the single biggest reason for the downfall of civilization the last 40 years.

Yeah, I am sure you and Cedarford agree that the peak of Western Civilization occurred sometime in the late 1930's in Germany.

gerry said...

When a comment is deleted it's deleted by the author OF THE COMMENT! Don't blame Ann. She lets everything fly.

True, and be cautious if your post seems to be "gone" - I had one that landed up in the spam filter, and all it took was a polite e-mail to the Prof asking what might have happened to straighten matters out.

amba said...

Is everyone here a subscriber?? That article is behind a paywall. Yes, you can get a free trial subscription, but I know I'll forget about it and end up getting billed.

chickenlittle said...

Oh, wow. So much goes on behind the scenes ... of which we just do not know.

Et nu, Carol?

Freder Frederson said...

Et tu, freder?

What is this supposed to mean? That I have no first person experience of England?

Just shows that you morons make assumptions without bothering to check facts.

hombre said...

Riotous behavior shoud be dealt with severely.

However, I seems to me pretty fatuous for politicians and the mediaswine to bemoan "lack of respect for authority." They have worked in concert to diminish the legitimacy of governments, the wielders of that authority.

In this context, legitimacy is an essential prerequisite to respect.

Scott M said...

What is this supposed to mean?

If you don't get the reference in the context of this thread, I'll simply move you over into that category "moron" that you just created.

Freder Frederson said...

When a comment is deleted it's deleted by the author OF THE COMMENT! Don't blame Ann. She lets everything fly.

Not true. Ann has deleted comments in the past (including mine) and she seems particularly sensitive to the use of the word "nigger", no matter what the context.

Carol_Herman said...

FREDER FEDERSON ... REALLY?

You mean the eraser flew?

Fred4Pres said...

In total, how much time of any of you spent in England?

Does watching Harry Potter movies and My Fair Lady count? How about Monty Python, Benny Hill, The Office, UFO, or the Avengers?

I have been there about a dozen times, but most of those trips were about a week or so.

Bob said...

@Amba
A work-around is to copy a line from the article, then paste it into Google. Try "U.K. Considers Riots Measures". A couple of the top links will send you straight to the article. Google has an agreement with the WSJ to do this, I believe.

Cedarford said...

Scott M said...
But the Single Great Man as Prime Mover of History has been fairly well debunked

Please explain, without access to those other timelines, how this could be "debunked".
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It is not hard to go back and study movements and how one of several candidates that were acceptable to the movement eventually had a "Famous Leader" emerge...Which, if they suddenly dropped dead or disappeared in a puff of smoke..would have resulted in another "Famous Leader" acceptable to the movements key players emerging.

No Stalin - Kaganovich or Sverdlov or someone the Central Committee wanted to do pretty much that same things.
No Lincoln, not chosen after days the North deliberated on choosing between Frick and Frack and Fred and Abe - some other jamoke would have headed Union in the Civil War and made notable speeches.
If
Churchill had not convinced his backers his drinking problem was behind him (it wasn't) - someone else would have done similar pretty and inspiring WWII speeches we would have come to know instead and credited him, not Churchill, drying out in Scotland had he not been selected by Party to run as PM, with making.
MLK was just one of dozens of civil rights "frontmen" the movement cultivated and thought capable of implementing decisions and policy the organizers and financiers wanted.
The Wright brothers just beat others in the race. Had they not lived, airplanes would have still been aloft within a year, even a few months later. The efficient internal combustion engine drove it.

Sometimes a person is instrumental to history and you can't see an alternative that would have come up with the impact, or the eventual political movement that carried out the ideas originating in one or just a couple of people that start things rolling.
Henry the VIII, Marx-Engels, Mohammed come to mind.
But in general, the Lone Great Man as Prime Mover of History is a flawed idea.

Fred4Pres said...

Freder, how much time did you spend in the UK?

Fred4Pres said...

Does watching Four Weddings and a Funeral count?

Scott M said...

Does watching Four Weddings and a Funeral count?

Shouldn't it?

Cedarford said...

Freder Frederson said...
When a comment is deleted it's deleted by the author OF THE COMMENT! Don't blame Ann. She lets everything fly.

Not true. Ann has deleted comments in the past (including mine) and she seems particularly sensitive to the use of the word "nigger", no matter what the context.

Freder, if she deleted you for using "nigger" perhaps it was because you write it in an accusatory fashion, not as a literary allusion to 'code' a Sci-Fi writer used.

BTW, how are you dealing with Obama and your cherished terrorist rights beliefs. You have been rather silent about your Man keeping GITMO open, the "kill do not arrest" Binnie raid, and the Obama people whacking Islamoids by the now preferred "extrajudicial assassination" technique.

Must drive an enemy lover like you to fits of frustration to have a duty to shut up about what Obama is doing in order to serve the greater cause against the West!

MarkG said...

Freder condensed: "You're all ignorant morons but I just can't help myself coming here to read Cedarford's posts to look for the n-word. Oh yeah, here's my opinion of the riots: You're all ignorant morons. So there."

Fred4Pres said...

Did I mention To Sir, With Love? Yeah, that too.

Here's the song, but the superior American version.

hombre said...

Freder wrote: In total, how much time of any of you spent in England? You don'r know the first thing about the nation or the people yet you are willing to condemn the whole society.

The post solicits a reaction to comments from the Prime Minister reflecting on the nature of the British culture. I'm pretty sure he's spent some time there.

Also, many of us have spent time in the UK and the Commonwealth and have a good grasp of British and derivative cultures.

And some of us went to school during a time when "multi-cultural" and "diversity" related to studying others in their countries of origin, not merely to the inability or unwillingness of a few groups to be assimilated by ours.

Despite your frequent implications to the contrary, you aren't an intellectual standout here or, I suspect, elsewhere.

Palladian said...

I've actually spent a lot of time in the UK, dearest Freder. Did you read my comment? Or, as usual, are you simply trolling around, looking for something to bitch about?

Fred4Pres said...

I learned more about British culture playing Rugby Union in the middle east than I did visiting England and the UK tough. Although that included a lot of Australian, Fijian, and Kiwi culture too.

At least what I can remember!

Fred4Pres said...

though...not tough sorry

Carol_Herman said...

Oh, Hoop, @ 12:12 PM

Maybe, I'm just being silly. But I don't see London's "Bobby" becoming more militant.

If anything, I always go to the Disney-man's model of security. Where a street myth is created. You don't see security. You don't even see men in suits who talk into their shirt cuffs. It's very practiced. And, hidden.

I know it's there. And, I know to walk about "Main Street" Disney is now collecting $150 for each person. For each day.

I know the staff absolutely must SMILE! You don't see fat. You don't see frowns. You don't even see cash registers.

Most people love it this way.

As to political speeches ... the only ones here I used to watch were Bob Dornan's. He was called the B-1 Bomber, speechmaker.

And, then I saw him voted out of office. And, in came Sanchez. (She is still there!) And, when she arrived? She played this schtick that she sewed her own dress.

Campaigning is so theatrical.

But like vaudeville, some acts are driven out of business.

I just don't know which ones that will be.

Why do I seem repulsed (if that's the word), by Disney? Because I grew up near Coney Island. Went there a lot! Messy. Smelly. And, the "carneys" ran the businesses. Where they boarded up their rides and booths every winter. Coney Island was a summer crowd.

Nathan's, however, was open 24/7. And, people just double-parked to run out and get their hotdogs.

I knew the cops, then, were paid off in free food. Nobody ever got a ticket.

And, oddly enough ... that's my idea of a place where freedom sings.

Disney? It's a very successful business model that's been adopted, wholesale, by corporations. Oh, there's greed, alright!

Reality, however, doesn't exist.

Reality is messy.

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...You don'r know the first thing about the nation or the people yet you are willing to condemn the whole society..."

What's your problem? The Europeans have been doing it to us for decades.

Funny though, universal health care, generous welfare yet they riot and loot but your ilk will never admit that creating a class of citizens dependent on a feckless state created this mess.

You talk about ignorant comments. Take a.hard look at your own if you have any courage to do so honestly.

Carol_Herman said...

I saw it at REDDIT, HOOP.

Cameron is asking if the police need "tools" to monitor social networks.

HELLO. Why not just ask Rupert Murdock to run this program? !

Carol_Herman said...

You know, I hope someone invents a gun that looks like a cell phone. Maybe, all it could shoot are darts. Or even sewing machine needles.

Before the police come and confiscate cell phones ... at least people should have a form of defense they can use.

You know, I have a better solution.

If you're poor. And, on the dole. If you're caught wearing expensive sneakers. AND, if you have your own cell phone. I'd stop your receiving a few welfare checks.

Sure. I'd hire more social workers. Whose only job it was to go and check on people who fell off this list.

It would make my day.

Carol_Herman said...

Whatever happened to Carnaby Street?

hoop said...

Rupert in charge of social network monitoring? Gotta love the humor in that. :-)

But seriously, I see no problem with monitoring the open networks like Twitter and facebook. Blackberry's nominally set up for business, so privacy is a bit more important there (and expected). That might take more doing.

As for the government: they're all in reaction mode at the moment. I'll be interested to see where they stand two months (or so) from now, once the emotion has passed. My guess is that they'll fall straight back into the habits that created the unaccountable welfare subculture in the first place, with a little bit of extra lipstick on the pig.

Honestly, I don't anticipate any significant changes unless this repeats a couple more times. But I'd really be happy to be wrong.

Methadras said...

Keystone said...

Fear is a good short term motivator. The rioters showed no evidence of fear which shows social control has broken down.


This especially in the land of social justfare, perpetual big brother spying, union control, national healthcare, a massive pensioners paradise, etc. Gosh and golly, I wonder what the little people want from mommy government that made them throw such an awful globally viewed temper tantrum?

Carol_Herman said...

Oh, Hoop. "More lipstick." That's like more cowbell.

You know, I like when Reagan joked: "We're the government and we're here to help."

As to two months from now? I don't think "yobs" will go to a street to loot storekeepers. Not Turks! Not Sikhs. Not anybody who has a sword which is considered a religious prop.

With the London Olympics, ahead, as I said, the corporations are going to go "full Disney."

Lawmakers, however? They're known for their mischief. And, are always open to new ways to loot the economy.

London's gonna be open for business. The cops will SMILE! And, they'll be helpful to strangers and tourists who approach. Same with the Queen's guards. And, their "changing of the guard" parades.

Disney always wins.

Methadras said...

Titus said...

I just pinched a massive diversity loaf.


If you have to pinch, you aren't doing it right.

Methadras said...

I so wanted Notting Hill to be real. This is so fail.

Methadras said...

The UK is the design of leftism on total display. This is leftism in full regalia. Have fun leftards for what you have wrought. This is your fault. You created this monster. Good luck retracting and putting it back. I'm laughing at you leftards so hard. You have proven everything I've ever said about leftism and leftards. You are dangerous people who have clung to a dangerous, poisonous, bankrupt ideology.

lulz

Irene said...

When I saw footage of the riots, I thought of the TLC show, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. It's a narrow glimpse the class system in England.

traditionalguy said...

C4...The lone great man theory is what we call history.

The materialist named Marx preached that he could see a "Movement of History" that all men are being bulldozed by and cannot stop so they should surrender... to him.

But George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin are at the least the bulldozer's drivers.

And every one knows that there is no God and no Hebrew Prophets' words coming to pass.

So what is history...an accident?

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Michael K said...

I will still claim there isn't enough info yet to say "who these people were"

Read one of Theodore Dalrymple's books. If you don't know who he is, he is a prison psychiatrist and an excellent writer. He is now retired to France, like most of England's middle class retirees, but is still writing.

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Michael K said...

Churchill had not convinced his backers his drinking problem was behind him (it wasn't) - someone else would have done similar pretty and inspiring WWII speeches we would have come to know instead and credited him, not Churchill, drying out in Scotland had he not been selected by Party to run as PM, with making.

No, Lord Halifax would have signed an armistice with Hitler. As it was, he very nearly did so in spite of Churchill. Read Lukacs' book.

Scott M said...

They say shaking hands originally was a way to show the other person you weren't armed.

I'm not sure about the handshake thing, but salutes started that way.

bagoh20 said...

"Girls Gone Wild" is real life. You just need balls and a camera. Lots of hot dumb girls out there. Bless their hearts.

Could there be anything more crushing than seeing your daughter away at college on your dime show up on one of those commercials?

Hoosier Daddy said...

"...Could there be anything more crushing than seeing your daughter away at college on your dime show up on one of those commercials?.."

Your 401k during the Obama administration?

Carol_Herman said...

Michael K @2:33 PM. Just so you know. I did. And, then I ordered it.

chickenlittle said...

Your 401k during the Obama administration?

Hoosier. I suspect the Feds will get round refloating us little skiffs and sloops if for no other reason than to get their 25% cut we promised them.

Unless he's that stupid.

Scott M said...

Could there be anything more crushing than seeing your daughter away at college on your dime show up on one of those commercials?

Yes. Your son being the brainchild of those videos and a) not repaying you for tuition/fees/room&board etc, b) not cutting you in on a slice of that sweet money pie, and c) not providing you with each DVD for free.

Swede said...

Yeah, I am sure you and Cedarford agree that the peak of Western Civilization occurred sometime in the late 1930's in Germany.

Talk about your preconceived notions.

Carol_Herman said...

You know, I would suspect if "social network monitoring" got adopted ... what you'd see are false alarms.

Then?

Well, the sirens would attract enough attention ... that people who stuck their heads outside ... would probably just get arrested.

All you'd need? Whatever it takes to cause a critical mass in an unstable environment.

People, it seems, are always protecting themselves against yesterday.

While insurance companies come on board and offer "insurance" at a premium.

Now, what are the shopping malls gonna do? (Were they once protected ... because to get there ... you need to park?) It's not something that gets built in all those neighborhoods in ghettos. For "traffic" like that a storekeeper sometimes keeps his front door locked. (Which then brings on the fire department.)

Anything you can fine ... you can expect will be used to raise money through tickets.

It's just a question of price.

Tickets no longer carry ten dollar fines. Graft used to sink down to these levels. Till "stings" uncovered the operation. And, a cop or a fireman, when they got fired over bupkis, lost their pensions.

Governments don't get fired.

While in most parliamentary systems ... what's broken is the array of choices voters get ... so a party that wins one seat ... is an "operator" ... who is courted for votes.

I like our system better. Where a smidgen above 50% lets the winner walk away with the whole pot.

I don't think most Americans understand how loony the european systems really are. And, how really nasty politics can be behind the scenes and screens.

Joe said...

Fred4Pres says:

"We could use a new Australia."

How about St. Helena? Give each of the schmucks a years worth of rations, a packet of seeds, a hoe, and a bucket. Your problem will be solved in 18 months.

Carol_Herman said...

I have an odd feeling ... that obama ... to win ... will actually cut something big. (Like dealing with student loans, that can't be discharged ... even when adults file for bankruptcy.)

How?

Dunno.

By fiat?

By a fake pass?

It's gonna be a "cut" people can see. And, believe in.

Like in 2008 ... and, people were gonna get a break on mortgage payments. Not foreclosures.

I even heard that banks are knocking down the residential buldings and turning the empty lots back to the cities they are in.

That used to be called "walking away." But back then ... it wasn't banks. It was landlords.

Whatever happens, the most surprised lot in the world will be the entrenched leaders in the stupid party. They won't even see it coming.

chickenlittle said...

I have an odd feeling ... that obama ... to win ... will actually cut something big. (Like dealing with student loans, that can't be discharged ... even when adults file for bankruptcy.)

Translation: He'll treat students like kids and they'll reward him with votes?

That will worsen the deficit by fobbing the yob's responsibility onto the "adults."

Hmmm. It's so brazen & stupid it just might work.

PatCA said...

"...Could there be anything more crushing than seeing your daughter away at college on your dime show up on one of those commercials?.."

Your 401k during the Obama administration?


Her 529 during the Obama administration?

William said...

This riot started as the result of a police shooting. The police thought a young man was going to shoot at them. They shot him first. In order to demonstrate to the police and the public at large that they were being unfairly stereotyped as violent and dangerous, the young people of England rose up and acted violently and dangerously. There is no better way to destroy a harmful stereotype than by destroying the property and occasionally the lives of those who hold that stereotype.....One of the underlying principles of democracy is that people will act in their rational self interest. Looting while helpful in overcoming boredom does not qualify as an act of rational self interest. Well, the world has ever been full of people who don't recognize their rational self interest. Why should now be any different......On the brighter side, the riots are less consuming than the Gordon Riots of prior times, and the underclass seem somewhat better behaved than the Bill Sykes of Dickens' day. There is definitely incremental improvement since the Neanderthal era for those willing to look.

William said...

There is also the Cleopatra's Nose theory of history. A historian postulated that if Cleopatra had a less impressive probiscus, Julius Caesar and Mark Anthony would not have fallen in love with her. Thus the history of the empire would have been radically different. History hinges any number of variables and imponderables. One of those variables is the greatness of the actors present. We were blessed to have George Washington present at the Constitutional Convention. He was the adult in the room. At the Congress of Vienna, the world was blessed to have Wellington serve the same function. He was looked up to by everybody and was able to veto the more self serving aims of the participants in that Congress....I have often thought that the great tragedy of our time is that no great man arose out of WWI and the Paris Treaty that followed it. Everyone in the world wanted Wilson to be the great man, but he was sadly lacking in the necessities to fill that role. Perhaps, if he hadn't had such pursed lips.

Martin said...

Sure, the rioters embody a cultural problem, created and imported in the UK by conscious decisions of 2 generations of political leaders, mostly Labour and Liberal but Conservatives not blameless, either.

It will take a long time to turn around the cultural rot, if it's even possible and if they have the stomach for it.

But the culture that leads some people to commit violence need not make it impossible for society to defend itself... that's a whole different set of decisions that criminalize self-defense and handcuff the police, which could be revered by act of Parliament in an afternoon. The fact that they don't do it is another cultural issue, one for which the ruling class should be held accountable--there's blood on their hands and there will be rivers more of it if they persist in letting these things happen... as experience suggests they will.