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Après le Déluge, What?

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Peggy Noonan has long been one of one of my favorite journalists, earning my admiration with columns like this one in yesterday's edition of the WSJ, in which she offers a clear-headed and sobering analysis of the cause of the London riots.

At fault in the riots were the distorting effects of the welfare state and a degenerate British popular culture: "A population thinks (because it has often been told so by intellectuals and the political class) that it is entitled to a high standard of consumption, irrespective of its personal efforts; and therefore it regards the fact that it does not receive that high standard, by comparison with the rest of society, as a sign of injustice." Much of what they have is provided by others, but they are not grateful: dependency doesn't encourage gratitude but resentment.

I believe Noonan is correct in pointing out the similarities between the British riots and our own problems such as the Philadelphia flash mobs and the recent attacks at the Wisconsin state fair. Similarities in the cause as well as the effect.

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The image above is of flash mob teens in Philadelphia, March, 2010.

The redistribution of wealth through entitlement programs is a form of theft and is hence immoral. But it also has terrible consequences of another sort that are now being felt in our own communities. I believe this trend can be reversed, but it will take a combination of love-that-offers-hope in poor communities and the courage to insist on a government that refuses to buy votes through entitlements.