How are folks on the political left reacting to the London riots? Are they horrified to think that this might represent the logical conclusion of teaching people that private property isn’t legitimate? On the contrary, I’d say that the ones I’ve been able to sample are pretty delighted at this “legitimate political act.” They say they want nonviolence, but many of them seem perfectly willing to claim these hooligans as their own.
At the website of the anti-consumerist group, AdBusters, there’s an article right now that’s very clear about where these people stand:
“When we always see looting as nothing but thieving and refuse to grant to it the status of a conscious political act, an outburst of ‘popular justice’ against a corrupt and corrupting capitalist system, we are assuming the point of view of the very forces we are trying to overthrow.”
I want to be equally clear. These aren’t revolutionaries of any political stripe. They’re amoral thugs and looters who want to steal what’s not theirs — simply because they can get away with it. They are the logical consequence of where the welfare state has been gradually leading us for close to a hundred years. It’s going to get worse.
The state does exactly what these looters do. The state has simply learned to do it with bureaucrats and forms in triplicate instead of breaking windows. Despite the nicer face, the state’s demands are always backed with the threat of a gun.