London's blow-up blamed on unemployment, mirrors poverty in America

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People in London said the rioting was caused by poverty and high unemployment since the 2008 recession; the same recession that’s put an estimated 60 million Americans in poverty – with 46 million Americans now on food stamps – at a time when the Aug. 11 debate in Iowa featured GOP presidential candidates still talking tax breaks for the richest Americans.

Poverty is not a subject that either British Prime Minister David Cameron or the Republican presidential candidates like to talk about. In the wake of the recent massive rioting in London and other parts of England, people in both the U.K. and America are saying the financial collapse of 2008 reveals a different mode of thinking between the people and government. For instance, Reuters reported Aug. 12 that “the rescue of the banks and the calming of the economy was expensive and revealed a disparity between help provided for bankers and for the rest of the nation. While those running financial institutions soon resumed their old ways, awarding themselves high salaries and bonuses, those whose taxes paid to clean up the mess were put on short ration. Socialism, it seemed, was for the rich, not the poor.”

No talk of poverty’s growing threat to America and world stability

There was no talk about poverty in America during the Aug. 11 GOP debate -- where Republican and Tea Party candidates spent more time defending the need not tax wealthiest Americans -- at a time when it’s estimated that 60 million Americans are in deep poverty with millions homeless across the U.S. and 46 million other Americans trying to survive on food stamps in a time of deep recession with no good news for jobs on the horizon.

In turn, the recent riots in London and other parts of England forced British Prime Minister David Cameron – who’s party of conservatives mirror the type of government that GOP and Tea Party members want for America – was forced to interrupt his posh summer vacation in a secluded part of Tuscany where the British Royals also enjoy the good life.

Also, British media report photographers in London and other parts of England documenting the rioters as both “youth and lower middle class people” who are trying to live without jobs or money to feed their families.

In addition, British media reported that Prince William, Duchess Kate and other Royal’s are “laying low” during the recent London riots due to a perception that the recent Royal wedding cost the country over a billion pounds at a time when the country’s economic situation is even worse than growing poverty in America.

British poverty and social crisis mirrors what’s also happening in America

What do these recent riots in London and other parts of America say about the U.S. today with more than 60 million in poverty. The answer, say some lawmakers who view this breakdown between the haves and have not’s, is “you almost never hear the word poverty or any serious talk about the poor in America.”

“The pictures from London of scorched double-deckers, burnt out stores, and hooded thugs hauling home flat screen TVs are deeply unsettling. Among those who have appeared in court so far are a postman, a school worker, a new father out shopping for diapers, the undergraduate daughter of a multi-millionaire, and an 11-year-old boy who posted on Facebook: ‘Let’s start a riot.’ Something has profoundly changed in William Blake’s green and pleasant land. The honest, upright descendants of Londoners who met the Blitz with a shrug are now cowering in their homes to escape the marauding mob,” reported Reuters Aug. 12.

What has rattled Britain? What prompted this thuggery and thievery?

“The spark, as is often the case with civil unrest, was a controversial action by police who shot dead a robbery suspect. Indignant friends of the victim marched on the local precinct and before long, with police distracted and their forces stretched, looters took advantage of the mayhem and began pillaging stores. What has taken Britain by surprise is that the lawbreaking did not end. Night after night since, and even in broad daylight, the destruction has continued,” the Reuters reported Aug. 12.

“When social order breaks down in one of the world’s most firmly founded and best behaved civic societies, something alarming is afoot. There are no excuses for “mindless,” “senseless” criminality, but there must, surely, be an explanation for such widespread contempt for law and order. If civilization is more fragile than we would care to imagine in well mannered England, could it break down in the United States? Are there special circumstances that explain the anarchy in London that do not apply elsewhere?”

Also, Reuters noted that “friends and family in Britain report that the country has been unsettled ever since the financial collapse of 2008. The rescue of the banks and the calming of the economy was expensive and revealed a disparity between help provided for bankers and for the rest of the nation. While those running financial institutions soon resumed their old ways, awarding themselves high salaries and bonuses, those whose taxes paid to clean up the mess were put on short ration. Socialism, it seemed, was for the rich, not the poor.”

British unemployment is at 7.7 per cent and rising and will continue to climb as the cuts begin to bite. Youth unemployment is far worse and there is talk of a “lost generation.” The most recent UK growth figures show the economy tipping toward recession.

“The British are on edge. Their sense of fair play has been offended. Their trust in government has been undermined. They find fault with both political parties. Their jobs and their living standards are threatened. Usually chipper about the future, they look at the next few years with dread. It is a familiar story. In the face of cut public budgets to trim the national debt, Greeks, Spaniards and the Irish, too, have taken to the streets,” Reuters reported Aug. 12.

America on standby for London type riots in the homeland

According to a report last year by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute, “Pentagon resources and U.S. troops may be used if need to quell protests and bank runs during an economic crisis.” WorldNetDaily and other media reported this scenario on Dec. 8, 2010 when there were “rumblings” --both in the U.S. and Europe -- that the poor and out of work might turn to riots to vent their frustrations.

"Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security," the War College study states.

Incidents of economic collapse, terrorism and disruption of legal order could require deployment of forces within the U.S., the report added, while noting that a "strategic shock" could require the nation to use "military force against hostile groups inside the United States,” added the WorldNetDaily report.

Meanwhile, London’s Guardian newspaper reported recently that (prior to his recent arrest in New York City) International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn has warned that advanced nations could face civil unrest during distressful economic times.

"Social unrest may happen in many countries – including advanced economies" if the economic crises are not properly dealt with, Strauss-Kahn said in a story that ran in London’s Guardian newspaper, while adding his view that “violent protests could break out in countries worldwide if the financial system was not restructured to benefit everyone rather than a small elite.”

“In a recession where consumer spending is plummeting, foreclosures are rampant, workers are losing jobs, credit is tight and markets are strained, some are warning about a worst-case scenario,” London’s Guardian stated.

Also, trends forecaster Gerald Celente told Fox News last year in a WorldNetDaily report “that America will morph into the first ‘undeveloped’ nation of the world by 2012. He said there will be a tax revolution marked by "food riots, squatter rebellion, tax revolts and job marches."

According to the Phoenix Business Journal in 2010, “U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson considered the prospect of civil unrest while he pushed for September's Wall Street bailout – even suggesting martial law might be essential,” WorldNetDaily reported.

Meanwhile, London is using its massive street surveillance to crack-down more on those that police view as causing trouble.

Image source of looters in London recently: Wikipedia

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