Sunday, 14 August 2011

The Riots-Chaotic Class War Erupts In London And The UK

For interesting articles and analysis on the riots from an anarchist and radical left perspective see the excellent resource from Freedom Press here. 

Also savage critique of #riotcleanup#. It’s going to take more than posturing, ‘blitz-spirit’ keep-calm-and-carry-on clap-trap and colonial Kipling-esque “keeping your head” to fix this mess. The strikingly middle-class, broadly white efforts to sweep issues of inequality under the carpet of a simulated big-society photo-op has been a telling, if little discussed, aspect of the recent rioting, making little headway in the scramble of blogposts and tweets attempting hasty analyses of the unfolding turmoil. This doughty bunch of volunteer cleaners, the substitution for a non-existent community, appeared right on cue to fill the media narrative all day following a night of London’s most extensive social unrest in decades. Even Mayor Boris had leisurely returned from holiday to be snapped with the broom-wielding bourgeoisie of Clapham as they amassed for a bit of symbolic social cleansing...

Read full article by Dr Sofia Himmelblau here.

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