Most Americans Believe 2nd Revolution Imminent; Riots in Britain Tell Us Europe May Get There First

Posted on August 9, 2011

The Arab Spring may be a precursor to the European Fall – in all senses of the term.  The current riots in London and other metro areas of Britain attest to the anger of the restive underclass.

Earlier this year, the disruptions just prior to the April wedding of Kate and William, a political group long critical of the government staged destructive disturbances in the better-heeled part of London.  Anarchists set Trafalgar Square ablaze and shattered storefronts in the upscale shopping areas.  This time around the riots are in the less affluent metro areas. [On My Watch – SamHenry]

Between the anarchists that are more highly organized, the jobless immigrants, and native Brits who have been sickened by joblessness and cronyism in government there are more than enough people to keep the island nation fueled for fire for a long time.

Here in America, today’s  unrest has come from immigrant populations, minority groups, the extreme right and is widely discussed in the upper circles of our society.  Go just about anywhere and you will hear the phrase “what we need is a good cleansing revolution.”

Our nation was born from revolution and so there is a history of it not being  a lawless form of  behavior but one of the last resort of a principled people.  This is quite different from the current “uprisings” in Europe but the cousin of the French Revolution.

Now polls support those who hold that another revolution is on the way.  This comes as no surprise to pollsters:

Indeed, the only major western country not to experience significant social unrest since the economic collapse is America, although anecdotal evidence of rising crime and thefts suggests a turning point could be just around the corner.

Should violence plague American streets as a result of a deepening economic crisis, U.S. troops have already been prepared to deal with such a crisis.

As we reported three years ago, U.S. troops returning from Iraq were being re-allocated to occupy America, running checkpoints and training to deal with “civil unrest and crowd control” under the auspices of a Northcom program that revolved around deploying 20,000 active duty troops inside America to “help” state and local officials during times of emergency. []

Think this is conservative overreaction?  Think again.  At this writing Philadelphia is operating under a curfew to enhance control of gang violence there.  [Inquirer]  However much we feel the upper reaches of our society have been the criminal minds who have taken us down, the underclass rioters are putting their politics to less than political action.  If criminal activity is at the top of our social scale, the most visible in this fiscal debacle, what’s to keep underclass citizens from criminal activity?  It has all but been sanctioned if it is de rigueur in the board rooms of our major industries.

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