Tuesday, 9 August 2011

London's Burning

Having managed to tune out a load of bleeding heart hogwash, I still keep hearing well-meaning people going on about the rioters' parents not showing enough responsibility, and why aren't they keeping their kids indoors?, blah blah blah.

They are missing the fundamental point — that, for a large part of the country, the concept of "family" is an anachronism. There's a reason why, for millennia, civilisation was constructed as it was, using the family unit as the building block. A family is a society in microcosm. With no society at home, little wonder there's no society outside.

I was in Newfoundland a couple of months ago — a hard, rugged place where people are completely interdependent. In the north, the people chop their winter fuel in the summer and leave the logs by the side of the road for months, in neat orderly piles, there for when the snows come. I asked a local whether there was a problem with theft. He looked at me with great incredulity. No one had ever heard of such a thing happening. If it did, no need for the police — word of stealing would bring such shame on the perpetrator that he, and his entire clan, would have to move away, never to return.

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