For Your Awakening (FYA)
“Here’s a sad truth, expressed by a Londoner when asked by a television reporter: Is rioting the correct way to express your discontent?
“Yes,” said the young man. “You wouldn’t be talking to me now if we didn’t riot, would you?”
The TV reporter from Britain’s ITV had no response. So the young man pressed his advantage. “Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you.”
“The truth is that discontent has been simmering among Britain’s urban poor for years, and few have paid attention. Social activists say one out of two children in Tottenham live in poverty. It’s one of the poorest areas of Britain. Britain’s worst riots in decades took place here in 1985. A policeman was hacked to death. After these riots, the same young man pointed out, “They built us a swimming pool.””
“The best way to prevent crime, the theory goes, is to improve the lot of the people, then they won’t need to commit crimes. But caught in a poverty and joblessness cycle, young people in many British (read, any Western World countries under depression, now) urban areas have little hope of a better life.”
“The bonfire had been prepared by years of neglect, fueled by the anger of young men with no stake in the system, angry at everybody and quick to exploit fury at the killing of a local man, even if he did allegedly fire at the police officer first.”
“So now the question people in Tottenham are asking is: Will the government pay attention to the social issues underlying the anger?
And a wider question is: Would anyone care at all if there had not been violence?”
The real question, now that the Western World is near bankruptcy, is, where do you find the jobs and the money to start a new growth cycle?
It is the traditional vicious circle, you don’t innovate and create new jobs because of the lack of growth and you don’t see your return on the investment, but, if you don’t, you will never turn the economy around by innovation and investment, creating new jobs, which, in turn,bring back growth out of the depression……..
Somebody has to believe and trust the cyclical return of growth……….the typical fundamental chicken or the egg question…..;+)