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The British Ruling Class Foments, and then Uses the 'Riots'

by John Spritzler

August 12, 2011

It is clear from a host of reports online that the key cause of the recent rioting in England is that the rioters—some of the poorest people in England--are furious at how the police have been tormenting them prior to the rioting, and how the rulers of England have deprived them of jobs and the chance to enjoy the wealth that society produces. This is not a race thing, it is a class thing. (“Members of the Jewish community have joined the fray, with members of Tottenham’s Hassidic community reportedly gathered in the street on Saturday to heckle police.”)

British police harass non-whites worse than whites, just as the American police do. By saying that “this is not a race thing, it is a class thing” I mean that the fundamental conflict is class and not race, that the upper ruling class—not the “white race”—is the problem, and that racial discrimination is, itself, a divide-and-rule instrument used by the upper class to try to create racial resentments and turn working class people against each other along race or ethnic lines.

This is how one insightful person explains the violence:

“Violence is rarely mindless. The politics of a burning building, a smashed-in shop or a young man shot by police may be obscured even to those who lit the rags or fired the gun, but the politics are there. Unquestionably there is far, far more to these riots than the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting sparked off the unrest on Saturday, when two police cars were set alight after a five-hour vigil at Tottenham police station. A peaceful protest over the death of a man at police hands, in a community where locals have been given every reason to mistrust the forces of law and order, is one sort of political statement. Raiding shops for technology and trainers that cost ten times as much as the benefits you’re no longer entitled to is another. A co-ordinated, viral wave of civil unrest across the poorest boroughs of Britain, with young people coming from across the capital and the country to battle the police, is another.

“Months of conjecture will follow these riots. Already, the internet is teeming with racist vitriol and wild speculation. The truth is that very few people know why this is happening. They don’t know, because they were not watching these communities. Nobody has been watching Tottenham since the television cameras drifted away after the Broadwater Farm riots of 1985. Most of the people who will be writing, speaking and pontificating about the disorder this weekend have absolutely no idea what it is like to grow up in a community where there are no jobs, no space to live or move, and the police are on the streets stopping-and-searching you as you come home from school. The people who do will be waking up this week in the sure and certain knowledge that after decades of being ignored and marginalised and harassed by the police, after months of seeing any conceivable hope of a better future confiscated, they are finally on the news. In one NBC report, a young man in Tottenham was asked if rioting really achieved anything:

“’Yes,’ said the young man. ‘You wouldn't be talking to me now if we didn't riot, would you?’; "’Two months ago we marched to Scotland Yard, more than 2,000 of us, all blacks, and it was peaceful and calm and you know what? Not a word in the press. Last night a bit of rioting and looting and look around you.’"
The British ruling class surely knew that inflicting police stop-and-search abusively on people whom they also deprived of jobs and hope for a decent life would eventually cause the victims to strike back in anger. Now we can see why the ruling class did this. They want to use the riots to frighten the rest of the British public into accepting the transformation of the U.K. into even more of a police state than it already is with surveillance cameras presently everywhere. The idea is to make most of the public feel that they need the ruling class to protect them from the poorest people. Here’s how Prime Minister Cameron is doing it:
Mr Cameron said: ‘To the law abiding people who play by the rules, and who are the overwhelming majority in our country, I say: the fightback has begun, we will protect you. If you've had your livelihood and property damaged, we will compensate you. And to the lawless minority, the criminals who have taken what they can get, I say this: we will track you down... we will punish you. You will pay for what you have done.’”
Also reported: “Ministers and the security services are planning draconian powers to shut down or disrupt mobile phone messaging services and social networks in times of civil disorder.”
What the British ruling class is doing here is the same as what the Israeli ruling class of billionaires and generals is doing to control Israeli Jews—attacking non-Jews to foment anger and their striking back in order to make Jews so fearful of non-Jews that they will feel they need the Israeli ruling class to protect them. And it is the same as what the American ruling class is doing to control Americans—attacking foreign people so viciously, most recently murdering Afghani and Pakistani civilians, that they strike back in anger, thus making Americans so afraid of “terrorists” that we will look for protection from the likes of our Nobel Peace Prize-winning War-mongerer in Chief and his Wall Street cronies enriching themselves to the tune of multiple trillions of dollars at the expense of all the rest of us.

 

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