What have we become when European leftists are happy to see more police in the street, more social control, more protections for the middle classes? Did I wake up in an alternate universe where the left has abandoned all ideology in pursuit of private property?! It couldn’t possibly be that these leftists have bought into the “brown menace”, no? Nah, I am sure I am just seeing things now.
“As Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett point out in The Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone, phenomena usually described as "social problems" (crime, ill-health, imprisonment rates, mental illness) are far more common in unequal societies than ones with better economic distribution and less gap between the richest and the poorest. Decades of individualism, competition and state-encouraged selfishness – combined with a systematic crushing of unions and the ever-increasing criminalisation of dissent – have made Britain one of the most unequal countries in the developed world.”—
If you think it’s any different in the States, you’re fucking kidding yourselves.
This week in abundance: plenty of European commentary that uses the word “community” in reference to the London riots. Examples: the looters are damaging their own communities. Communities will organize and come together for the clean up. Many more. You get the idea.
This week in absence: the explanation of how exactly these analysts define community. Because I am almost certain the word does not mean what they think it means to everyone else. Example: you can live in a neighborhood, surrounded by people who even look like you and share your cultural traits and yet, you might be utterly isolated because in urban settings, not everyone talks to each other. And there are many forms of invisible exclusion (i.e. you are perceived as a trouble maker; you do not like to talk to people you don’t know; you are a new comer to town, etc. etc.).
Many of the people talking about “community”, particularly those who have an inclination to Social Justice seem to operate under a kind of romanticized prism of what community entails and how it is evident that it is available to everyone (one of the premises of Social Justice: organize your community!). Uh? That would imply that these youth have one or feel they belong to one in the first place.
Copy-Pasting from Facebook because I'm young and angry.
When you write an article about the millennial generation, it might be pertinent to listen to the truckloads of millenials telling you that you’re full of it. We’re broke. Almost all of us. We have student loan debt and rent and gas and car insurance (if we have cars), and now we have to pay out the ass for internet because its all but REQUIRED for almost everything we do. We’re trying to live in a society that gives next to no jobs without a degree, then calls us stupid because we accrued debt bettering ourselves. We have to deal with people laughing at our degrees and telling us that knowledge is useless. Back. The fuck. Off. It is not 1960, and your notions and experiences at certain points are going to amount to jack shit. We are nothing if not adaptable. We just need you to give us a freaking break. We’re going to be cleaning up your mess for the rest of our lives, how about you let us do it our way?