The youth of Britain have long placed a de facto curfew on the old, who in most places would no more think of venturing forth after dark than would peasants in Bram Stoker's Transylvania. Indeed, well before the riots last week, respectable persons would not venture into the centers of most British cities or towns on Friday and Saturday nights, for fear—and in the certainty—of encountering drunken and aggressive youngsters. In Britain nowadays, the difference between ordinary social life and riot is only a matter of degree, not of type.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Reaping the poisonous harvest of the welfare state
Peter Hitchens and Theodore Dalrymple have written excellent essays on the riots in Britain, and the societal rot that made them possible (indeed, inevitable). A sample from Dalrymple’s piece: