quote: "When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you. . . you may know that your society is doomed." Ayn Rand - Atlas Shrugged
quote:Originally posted by Justy:That quote is hilarious, largely because it sounds like Marx, at first.
quote:Originally posted by theminx:This rioting doesn't seem to be political though, or race-motivated. The initial protest was triggered by a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to a police shooting, but all the subsequent stuff seems to have more in common with Vancouver's mindless acquisition/destruction riot after the hockey game than the demonstration-cum-riots we see most of the time. Some cop described it as "aggressive late-night shopping," believe it or not.
quote: And yet — there was looting in London after the Great Fire of 1666 and, despite the mythology, there was looting in London during the Blitz. Go back and read Dickens: Criminals, both immigrant and “native” British, have taken advantage of opportunities to loot in London during more peaceful times, too. A peculiar confluence of circumstances — a mob angry about a police murder, a sudden bout of warm weather, an unprepared police force distracted by scandal and, yes, the astonishingly widespread availability of smartphones among the underprivileged — might have allowed them to do so again. Beware of sweeping political generalizations in the wake of these riots: We don’t know whether we have just witnessed a “new” phenomenon, or a more mobile and technically adept version of a very old one.
quote:Originally posted by editengine:(P.S. any Londoners reading this, I need a Blu-ray player. Well, ok maybe not a 'need' but a really strong want kind of thing. Look don't judge, you know if Tampa was all 'aflame' I would totally grab you a few things.)
quote:And, fuck it, who hasn't wanted to chuck a molotov through an Apple store window?
quote:Originally posted by lithos:I think it's far simpler, and edit touched on this: never underestimate the allure of free shit.
quote:Originally posted by editengine: you know if Tampa was all 'aflame' I would totally grab you a few things.)