This paragraph from some article about the UK Riots pissed me right the fuck off.

But Croydon is not Selma, and Tottenham is not 14th Street in the Washington, D.C., of 1968. The rioters are not fighting for a cause.

Repeat after me kids.  Riots are always politlcal.  Happy people do not riot.  People who are content with their lives do not decide to loot and burn down shops.  

People who have nothing to lose and feel disconnected from their neighbors and fellow citizens do riot.

This is a political problem, just because they don’t know who the PM is, doesn’t mean their aims are not political, it just means they don’t watch the news much

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11 August 2011