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August 11, 2011

Daily Mail: Britain's liberal intelligentsia has smashed virtually every social value

Topics: International News, Political News and commentaries

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In her piece today at the Daily Mail, Melanie Phillips writes that the liberal-progessive's chickens have well and truly come home terrifyingly to roost in Britain and that the violent anarchy that has taken hold of British cities is the all-too-predictable outcome of a three-decade liberal experiment which tore up virtually every basic social value. Unfortunately, America's liberals are taking America to the same place ... and what we're seeing in Britain is America's future if liberalism continues to go unchecked here as it did in Britain.

[...] The married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity, enforcement of the drugs laws and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society.

Those of us who warned over the years that they were playing with fire were sneered at and smeared as Right-wing nutters who wanted to turn the clock back to some mythical golden age.

Now we can see what they have brought about in the unprecedented and horrific scenes of mob violence, with homes and businesses going up in flames, and epidemic looting.

Clearly, there is some as yet unidentified direction and co-ordination behind the anarchy. But what is so notable and distressing is that, after the first day when adults were clearly involved, this mayhem has been carried out in the main by teenagers and children, some as young as eight.

The idea that they should not steal other people's property, or beat up and rob passers-by, appears to be as weird and outlandish to them as the suggestion that they should fly to the moon.

These youths feel absolutely entitled to go "on the rob" and steal whatever they want. Indeed, they are incredulous that anyone should suggest they might pass up such an opportunity.

What has been fuelling all this is not poverty, as has so predictably been claimed, but moral collapse. What we have been experiencing is a complete breakdown of civilized behaviour among children and young people straight out of William Golding's seminal novel about childhood savagery, Lord Of The Flies.

[...] The causes of this sickness are many and complex. But three things can be said with certainty: every one of them is the fault of the liberal intelligentsia; every one of them was instituted or exacerbated by the Labour government; and at the very heart of these problems lies the breakdown of the family.

[...] And this breaking of the family was further condoned, rewarded and encouraged by the Welfare State, which conceives of need solely in terms of absence of money, and which accordingly subsidises lone parenthood and the destructive behaviour that fatherlessness brings in its train.

[...] Welfare dependency further created the entitlement culture that the looters so egregiously display. It taught them that the world owed them a living. It taught them that their actions had no consequences. And it taught them that the world revolved around themselves.

Take the time to read the whole thing here.

If you don't think the very same thing isn't likely to happen here in America, you're wrong; it already is. Walter Russell Meade has reported on a disturbing trend in the US--violence and theft by flash mobs of young black males has occurred in Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington and Las Vegas -- all of which is being underreported by the media. And this list isn't complete.

As Phillips points out in her piece, the violent anarchy that has taken hold of British cities is the all-too-predictable outcome of a three-decade liberal experiment which tore up virtually every basic social and moral value. What should not be overlooked by America is what liberal-progressivism has already wrought upon us ... and realize that should its agenda to push us into the same entitlement and welfare state that Britain has become remain unchecked, we are doomed to experience the same fate as Britain.

Posted by Richard at August 11, 2011 9:08 AM

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