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  Recent UK Riots: Is The French Revolution’s
      Product - ‘Right of Man’ - At Fault?

While astrologers and futurologists may be scratching their heads for not
predicting the recent UK riots and Nostradamus fans might try to re-interprets
the man’s quatrains, sociologists might be scratching their heads to figure out
whether those riots will repeat. Unlike other revolutions sprouting at the
periphery and merging into the capitals, almost akin to the word, this revolt
did the reverse of spreading away from London. Parallel to the use of mobiles
and Internet in the drama, its news spread like the Net’s virus. And then, when
the sadness of being blamed for handling of its past riots became an addition,
even the wise men of Iran’s Islamic revolution finally feasted on ‘Don’t be
harsh on the protestors.'

In this looting - done mostly by ones not quite adults, lives got lost, properties
got looted, citizens blamed government and the politicians blamed the police -
even imported a Rambo. Although less apt cops boosted those who were not
yet adults, when these men in uniform grabbed the photo finish later- much
later, almost like getting AIDS after 1st love making, a ‘criminal record’ sent
many to tears. Suddenly nobody won.

Although the riots saw an end, the search for whys and hows has begun.
Almost finding the truth like by the Buddha, Enoch Powell’s speech grabbing
Historian Starkey found black culture corrupting white culture. Incidentally,
this reminded us of the now disproved ‘Aryan Invasion of India’ believing
European racists who were accusing Indian Aryans of diluting their blood by
mixing with local Dravidians. Unlike Buddha’s peace, this has added fuel to fire
and lessened his credibility.


There certainly was no exploitation of the people like the French Revolution
time farmers, no secret tortures like by the Shah, and no food shortages like in
Somalia that make the animal in us rise up. Crossing racial lines, why did
people of different races loot then? Many agree that there is a distinct lack of
respect for parents, elders, and for those in authority (teachers), and that we
have become more selfish, and that our basic necessities have climbed up to
luxurious necessities. Although consumerism explains why we have the 3rd
factor, shift in our thinking from duty to right attempts at answering the 1st

Being animals and having the ‘survival of the fittest’ trait, it is the fear that
restrains us and tames us like a horse, making us civilized. With God doing a
vanishing trick and taking divine fear away and the glamorized right offering us
self centeredness - the ‘I’ factor, forgetting of duty and lessening of fear of
social authority through the formed ego, members of our species simply get
bored with our conditions and wait for the right time to strike for joy. The
failure of restraining state authority provides just that.

No wonder when police fail – in this case a killing of a man, gave way to a
cause and less effective control, while ‘others are doing it’ gave the adrenaline
buzz, and suddenly looting found itself in the rule rather than in exception.
Although camera view indicts police lethargy and public anger, a telescopic
view can trace the role of the French Revolution’s product ‘Right of Man’.
Although latter did much good, it also started the glamorization of rights not
Although offering ‘caught in action’ views, street cameras mimic big brother,
reinstate fear of the divine, and possibly lessen repeat looting attempts;
however, the glamorization of duty that restrains us and makes us think in
terms of ‘us’ rather than ‘I’ can help more in the long run.

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