- A previous article said the following:
- On August 6, rioting began in Tottenham, North London
after police shot and killed Mark Duggan, a 29-year old father of four.
It triggered other outbreaks on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Brixton,
Enfield, Walthamstow, Islington, Hackney, Croydon, Lewisham, Peckham, Clapham,
Ealing, central London, and Birmingham, Britain's second largest city.
- They also spread to Liverpool, Manchester, and elsewhere
as raging anger set Britain ablaze.
- Observers attribute public anger to unemployment, poverty,
inequality, and overall social injustice, but perhaps more is also involved.
More on that below.
- In response, Prime Minister David Cameron responded arrogantly,
saying riots were unconnected to police shooting Mark Duggan on August
4, despite evidence of a pre-planned operation, more sinister perhaps than
just killing another Black youth.
- Addressing Parliament on August 11, Cameron said:
- Riots are "criminality pure and simple. And there
is absolutely no excuse for it....We will not allow a culture of fear to
exist on our streets. And we will do whatever it takes to restore law and
order and to rebuild our communities."
- "It is completely wrong to say there is any justifiable
causal link" between Duggan's killing and street riots. "It is
simply preposterous for anyone to suggest" it relates to him. "(I)t
was about theft," not outrage, he claimed.
- "As I have made clear, nothing should be off the
table. Every contingency is being looked at. The police are already authorized
to use baton rounds." Water cannons, rubber bullets, and other harsh
measures were approved.
- Consideration is also being given to deploying military
forces and shutting down social media. In short, police will be given full
discretion to do whatever it takes to restore order. "(T)here will
be no complacency."
- Cameron, of course, avoided culpability by blaming victims,
the usual tactic used to shift debate away from where it belongs. Instead
- -- decades of destructive neoliberalism;
- -- an unacceptable new normal;
- -- appalling wealth disparities;
- -- a corrupt political/corporate nexus;
- -- imperial wars benefitting profiteers, not people;
- -- grand theft on an unimaginable scale; and
- -- disdain for human need, causing a loss of public trust
and rage because things keep getting worse, not better.
- Perhaps also, however much more is involved beyond reacting
violently to festering social injustice.
- Appearing on Russia Today, Michael Ruppert offered a
thought provoking analysis, saying:
- "I am extremely suspicious that there is deliberate
provocateurism, undertaken by industrialized governments," especially
America, Britain and other Western states, "to provoke race riots.
And I'm really worried that's what's happening."
- "The patterns are very disturbing," especially
inflammatory media coverage, heightening tensions. "It suggests that
'they' really want to trigger unrest. The 'they' is anyone in service of
the infinite growth monetary paradigm."
- "That would be the banks, the oil companies. That
would be the absolutely corrupt financial institutions." They trigger
unrest "because it's more profitable to destroy things now in this
infinite growth paradigm."
- "It's infinitely more profitable to kill than save.
It's just the reality of the world we live in."
- In Gone with the Wind, Rhett Butler explained it saying,
there's "much more money to be made in the destruction of civilization
than in building it up."
- In America's wars, profiteers benefit enormously from
mass destruction, reaping lucrative contracts to rebuild.
- In Britain, "(t)here's a very suspicious pattern
to the way the riots are breaking out....One of the primary incentives
or directives or interests of the establishment of putting down (US) civil
unrest in the sixties was to prevent any alliance between Blacks and Whites."
- "And they went to any lengths possible to create
tension, and that's what I see happening" across Britain. Moreover,
"the civil unrest we see around the world," including the so-called
Arab Spring, "has nothing to do with Arab, Black or White. This is
a generational revolution."
- It's about young people with "no hope, no future,
who understand that civilization is collapsing around them, and they're
frustrated beyond belief."
- However, violence is the wrong tactic. "There's
a better way to fight the beast that's doing this."
- Cui bono also is at issue. "These (events) are being
used as test runs to test command and control systems for (eventual) larger
- "They (also) want to incite further civil unrest
because that will serve as a distraction from the economic chaos. It's
a diversion from what's really causing all this suffering around the world
- In fact, war, especially nuclear war "is the ultimate
diversion. All wars....come from a place where there's nothing to go to
economically to cover up your economic mistakes" or malfeasance.
- "The only way to fight (back) is to withdraw any
investments you have in any financial instruments anywhere in the world.
Stop feeding" the beast. Starve it by opting out, "because once
you invest in it, you want to keep it alive. You have a (vested) interest
in what is killing the planet," and ultimately your own welfare.
- Catherine Austin Fitts recommends local financial permacultures,
- Everywhere, "people and local institutions have
financial capital, typically retirement capital or various kinds of savings
and reserves." Instead of investing them in "centralized institutions
and financial centers," use them for community "permaculture
developments and the businesses that supply them."
- The more development becomes local, "the easier
it will be for people to withdraw" savings from destructive centralized
institutions. In other words, build local self-sufficiency, free from government/corporate
predation, benefitting wealth and power at the expense of ordinary people.
- Fight them by going local. People have real power if
they use it. Directing financial resources away from destructive institutions
weakens them in ways they can't contest.
- Opting out can make a dramatic difference if growing
numbers do it, benefitting while defeating the beast that's destroying
them. It can't happen easily or quickly, but good solutions have potential
- Key is getting started, taking it step by step, and uniting
with others to build self-sustaining communities, free from financial predators.
They're criminally tied to Washington and other centralized governments,
harming ordinary people and planet earth for their own benefit.
- Self-preservation is possible with enough commitment
to try. The potential rewards are too significant not to, and what better
time than now to start.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
- Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and
listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive
Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central
time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy