Class Warfare Erupts Into Just Plain Warfare

Class Warfare Erupts Into Just Plain Warfare

By Joseph
Ashby

Lately it seems the only thing more sobering than
America’s creeping decline is Europe’s rapid decline.  The riots in London put a
painfully fine point on the dark future that awaits us.  It is true that Greece,
Spain, Portugal, and Italy show us the grim numerical realities of unlimited
government, but all those nations were past their prime before the American
Founding.

Great Britain is different.  There are people alive
now who remember when Great Britain was the preeminent world power.  Today’s
hollowed-out version serves as an example of how quickly greatness can slip
through a nation’s fingers.

The riots in London show the logical conclusion of a
brand politics which is ashamed of national identity and is built on class
warfare.

The violence was lit off when, in what has been
reported as a gunfight between London police and some number of alleged
assailants, a black man named Mark Duggan was killed.  Years of
multiculturalism’s racial-grievance appeasement led the first rioters to seek
retribution for supposed police racism.  Never mind that an officer was hurt in
the confrontation or, as a friend described it, Duggan was “involved in things”
— rioters maintained that Duggan’s family required “justice.”

Before long, the racial component of the protest was
swallowed up in an apparent socioeconomic war.  To try to decipher the mob’s
motivations, an incredulous BBC reporter asked
rioters, “Why is it targeting local people, your own people?”  One of the two
drunken assailants responded, “It’s the rich people.  It’s the rich people, the
people who’ve got businesses, and that’s why this has
happened.”

The “this” in her statement doesn’t refer to the riots
themselves, but some condition over which the rioters are protesting.  Mary
Riddell of the UK Telegraph calls the
riots an uprising of the “underclass.”  Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone
blames the
violence on “social division” brought on by conservative cuts to welfare
spending.  The New York Times writes that
the cuts in social programs “have hit the country’s poor especially hard,
including large numbers of the minority youths who have been at the forefront of
the unrest.”

Such conclusions fit the longtime political narrative
of the left, but they struggle to match reality.  After faulting government
austerity for causing the violence, the Times reports that British
authorities may disable BlackBerry Messenger’s encryption capability.  Why?
Because rioters are coordinating attacks using the private message system.  How
exactly we can call these smartphone-owning agitators “the underclass” is
unclear.  What is clear, however, is that, on some level, the rioters believe
it.  “This was always going to happen,” declared Tony, a former resident who
believes the left’s narrative.

Belief in the “underclass” meme sets England’s anarchy
apart from most other austerity-related vandalism.  The protests in Wisconsin,
for example, were a combination of well-to-do leftists chasing Vietnam-era nostalgia and a privileged public-sector
union class who wanted to maintain their favored position.  Conversely, the
English rioters genuinely appear to believe that they are somehow
cheated.

As a result, those who have their schooling, food,
housing, and medical care paid for are now turning on their benefactors,
ostensibly as punishment for the benefactors’ privilege.  It is not so difficult
to see how such a deeply ingrained sense of entitlement and backward view of
personal property can come to exist.

Just look at the terms of the recent debt ceiling
debate here at home.  “It’s not right to ask middle-class families to pay more”
preached
President Obama while advocating for his so-called balanced approach.  Nancy
Pelosi said of
one Republican plan that it “burdens the middle class and seniors.”  To read
these sentiments, one would think that huge tax increases on the middle class
and seniors were on the table.  But no such proposal ever existed.  The “burden”
and “pay hike” described by Democrats were actually a reduction in transfer
payments to these groups.  That mindset equates shrinking a social program to
stealing from the program’s beneficiaries.

Thus a free and prosperous society destroys itself.
Both Great Britain and America became the world’s leading economic powers
because they fiercely protected their citizens’ property rights.  Not
surprisingly, both nations sink into decline as they now fiercely protect their
citizens’ ability to violate property rights.

John Adams, a man who was both a British subject and
an American president, shared these prophetic words in 1787: “The moment the
idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of
God…anarchy and tyranny commence.”  Because England was ashamed of her
national identity and cast aside her protection of property rights, anarchy and
tyranny have commenced.  Tragically, America nips at her
heels.

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