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THOMAS SOWELL: For Whom the Bell Tolls – National Review Online

August 18, 2011

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Elites have tried to solve our social degeneration with politically correct bunkum.


AUGUST 18, 2011 12:00 A.M.

The orgies of violent attacks on strangers in the streets — in both England and the United States — are not necessarily just passing episodes. They should be wake-up calls, warning of the continuing degeneration of Western society.

As British doctor and author Theodore Dalrymple said, long before these riots broke out, “The good are afraid of the bad, and the bad are afraid of nothing.”

Not only the trends over the years leading up to these riots but also the squeamish responses to them by officials — on both sides of the Atlantic — reveal the moral dry rot that has spread deep into Western societies.

Even when black youth gangs target white strangers on the streets and spew racial hatred as they batter and rob them, mayors, police chiefs, and the media tiptoe around their racism, and many in the media either don’t cover these stories or leave out the racism involved.

In England, the government did not call out the troops to squash their riots at the outset. The result was that young hoodlums got to rampage and loot for hours, while the police struggled to contain the violence. Hoodlums returned home with loot from stores with impunity, bringing with it contempt for the law and for the rights of other people.

via For Whom the Bell Tolls – Thomas Sowell – National Review Online.

One Comment
  1. chughesual permalink
    August 18, 2011 11:59 AM

    Very interesting article, Sowell has been telling it like it is for decades, and it is refreshing to see someone assign at least some blame to the rioters instead of fixating on how society must have failed them if they want to riot and loot in the first place.

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