“This is criminality, pure and simple…”
If you have been following the riots on BBC News like I have, you might appreciate the following perspectives to balance out the reified mainstream version of events, which endorse David Cameron’s view that it is impossible to trace the events back to any socio-economic/political context whatsoever:
Nina Power’s article in The Guardian:
John Hutnyk’s brief but dense ’11 notes on the disturbances in London’:
For my part, I made up the following joke that isn’t supposed to be funny:
What do you get when you cross neo-liberalism¹ with David Cameron’s Conservative government²? Social unrest: rioting and looting
¹ The reduction of the meaning of life for the proles to what one can and cannot buy. (For the capitalists, the pursuit of super-profit).
² The intensification of class along the lines of the bourgeoisie/aristocracy on the one hand (Eton-Cambridge-Government) and the proles on the other. All moves towards social equality (of opportunity) retracted in favour of the old-school system of priveledge and inherited power.
I would say that the “rioting youths” have realised that they cannot, and are unlikely to ever have, the kind of life/work that will afford them a truly care-free life of consumerism and family security that a certain section of society have and tell them that they should be aiming for. But also, like Prof. Hutnyk says, don’t burn down houses, only capital!