Now that, for the moment, vandalism fever has subsided in the U.K., what has its political class learned? Just ask Prime Minister David Cameron. From The Telegraph:
David Cameron has promised to "restore a sense of morality" to Britain after this week's riots, announcing stronger police powers to ensure that offenders are caught and made to pay for their crimes."
David, David. Riot and looting are immoral, but they are not caused by the loss of "a sense of morality." People don't lose their morality like forgetting their car keys. The loss is itself a symptom of prior causes.
There are many factors, but they form a kind of constellation. How deep do you want to drill?
Let's start with the loss of belief in God or any kind of transcendence among most white Britons. Old churches are empty or converted into restaurants. Other than among Muslims -- perhaps some Hindus? -- spirituality is "out." Life has no meaning except (depending on one's social and financial situation) booze, sex, and "fun," or economics. What's the point of conforming to norms of decent behavior associated with a God who's gone to ground?
Nothing to live for, nothing to respect. Music turns to loud, monotonous noise, art to the search for greater levels of the grotesque. Drink is not the curse, but the pastime, of the workless class. Why not? The state will give you your dole money regardless.
We could go on in this vein, but never mind. Prime Minister, you have been raised in a centralized political culture with an insanely exaggerated idea of what political diktats can accomplish, even imagining that you can "restore morality" by passing a few more laws. Or maybe you know what tosh you're speaking, and it's a bid to hitch a ride on the public sentiment of the moment.
Turning the deeper causes of the riots, Mr Cameron said that family breakdown and poor parenting had played significant role.
“In too many cases, the parents of these children – if they are still around – don’t care where their children are or who they are with, let alone what they are doing,” he said.“The potential consequences of neglect and immorality on this scale have been clear for too long, without enough action being taken.”
What action? According to what I read, my impression is that social workers in Britain are a law unto themselves, a bureaucratic police force, judge, and jury who can separate children from their parents for almost trivial reasons, but have a strange blind spot when it comes to horrendous actual child abuse.
Anyway, bad parenting is a politically safe target. Who's going to take a stand for rotten parenting?
Mr Cameron also announced new police powers to deal with disturbances, including greater discretion to order people to remove masks and other face coverings.
Greater discretion? Does a Bobby currently have to get a court order to tell a yob to remove his mask or hood?
Ministers are also reviewing dispersal powers. That could lead to police being given a “wider power of curfew,” he said.
Sorry, but that's different from having someone remove a mask. No one needs to stroll through a shopping mall wearing a mask (except some Muslim women, and you can bet no copper is going to ask them to bare their faces). A curfew is something else again. It limits an individual's ability to go where he wants to. Sure, there are situations when curfews are useful, or necessary, as a temporary measure. But they should be imposed by civil authority, not by police for their convenience.
A cross-Whitehall project on gang culture will report in October, drawing on the success of police forces in Glasgow and Boston in tackling gang culture.
Is any study group, committee, or politician going to acknowledge that the mass importation of Third World people from tribal cultures plays a significant role in the disaster zone that modern Britain has become? That population replacement has been a cynical power play by the globalist Establishment to destroy a traditional, coherent society in the cause of enhanced control? That a polyglot, balkanized country is no country at all?
Of course not. There are things officials and academics mustn't say, even though they're obvious. So much easier to decry moral decay and parental neglect. Throw in a few more police powers to calm everybody down. Until the next time a materialistic culture that knows no Good, only goods, does what such cultures do.