Know your enemy
The worst thing about this whole ugly riot business is the way so many people, when they’re frustrated about something they have every right to be frustrated about, instead of looking around for the bigger reasons, just prefer to look down and attack those within easiest reach.
This goes for both the rioters and the reactionary drones who love saying words like ‘mindless’, ‘thug’ and ‘feral’, and love even more to draw attention to their own superior moral code, because they have a job. You know, get up early, do some work, pay taxes, pay for things.
A lack of politicised class consciousness is as glaring there as it is in the rioters. Keep your head down, don’t question why things are the way they are, and occasionally lash out at those that can least defend themselves.
Remember who the real enemy is – and it’s not a bunch of kids, no matter how ugly their actions. Remember who the real enemy is – the tories and their corporate bosses who have done more damage to our cities and livelihoods than any number of rioters. Think about what reaction they want from ordinary people, and what horrors they’ll do with the new laws they’ll rush through to assuage the fear.
It’s a crying shame that the rioters don’t have the class consciousness to direct their frustration towards those who deserve having a bit of what they’ve dished out returned to em. It was mostly innocent people who had their shops and flats burnt out, or were killed.
So, we can either try to prevent future riots by giving more people opportunities to have a better life, or make things worse and up the ante by putting more weapons on the street, to make everyone feel safer.
If there’s no will to take some of the stolen wealth from the rich and spread it out a bit more, then something has to be done to encourage a political class consciousness, so when things do kick off again, the angry and disaffected don’t go out looking to grab a free pair of trainers or a telly, but look to target their true enemies.
All the reactionary idiots spouting their right wing bully-boy nonsense are doing is what the middle class always do – aligning themselves with the rich and powerful. They aren’t on your side and never will be.
It’s so easy to look down for reasons, but until you start to look up more often, you’ll find yourself shit upon from both directions.