Tuesday, September 20, 2011
  Bit of wisdom

Excellent article by Steven Reicher in latest New Superstitionist. (I keep reading that mag because they often come up with good non-Established truth in many areas, despite their blind Establishment orthodoxy on "global warming".)

Reicher is discussing the London riots, and makes one big point.
Perhaps the greatest investigation into the nature of riots was the Kerner Commission, established by US President Lyndon Johnson to find out the causes of the civil unrest that erupted in Detroit and other US cities between 1965 and 1967. The commission sent teams of investigators into the affected communities to study those who had taken part. What they found challenged many preconceptions about what had happened.

For example, the investigators acknowledged that many people took advantage of the disturbances to pillage and settle scores, and that this increased with time. But they also discerned clear patterns in the events. They showed that the average rioter was not marginal or part of an underclass but was generally better educated and socially integrated and had less of a criminal record than the norm in their communities.

This conclusion was not secret; it even became part of conventional wisdom for a while. Opinion leaders seemed to understand that the riots happened because Comrade MLK Boulevard had led the blacks to expect instant riches and power; when it didn't happen, they erupted.

Unfortunately, real human nature doesn't stick in the minds of leaders. Leftists have returned to their idiotic view that hopelessness and extreme poverty are the sources of violence.

A recent speech by Comrade Bush The Son illustrates this invincible ignorance perfectly. Despite ten years of experience to the contrary, he has learned absolutely nothing.
“The challenge is that in some parts of the world and in some parts of our country, some are saying, ‘Is it worth it? Does it matter whether or not we help save a life on the continent of Africa? We’ve got our own problems here at home,’ they say. This is isolationism which is dangerous.”

“It’s dangerous because one of the lessons of September the 11th is what happens overseas matters here at home,” Bush continued. “When there’s hopelessness it affects the security of the United States of America. We face an enemy that can only recruit when they find hopeless people and there’s nothing more hopeless to a child who loses a mom or dad to AIDS to watch the wealthy nations of the world sit back and do nothing. It is in our moral interests as a nation that we help deal with diseases.”

What a monstrous pile of lethal murderous genocidal steaming ratshit. [Am I talking about the speech or the man? Yes.]

Riots, revolution, and terrorism do not result from hopelessness. Riots, revolution and terrorism result from an unrealistic excess of hope and expectation.

When you're permanently down, you stay down. When you've always been on the first rung of the ladder, you don't feel any need to be higher.

Violence happens when your perceived status drops. When you have been on the third rung, a drop to the first rung will bring on violence. Or, when you have come to believe that you are (or should be) on the third rung, suddenly realizing that you're still on the first rung will bring on violence.

In every aspect of human perception and behavior, it's always the Delta. Always always always the Delta.
 


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