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08/14/2011

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how can we stop riots all over the world? why some countries dont have riots and some countries have daily riots?

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The above is a succinct epmaxle of enlightened and empirical analysis of a socio-economic-political event. I want to ask this basic question. Why doesn't enlightened and empirical analysis of our political-economic predicament make any headway? I mean why doesn't it make any headway or gain traction in government, mass media and public discourse?Perhaps I ought to define (very briefly) what I mean by enlightened and empirical analysis . Enlightened analysis (in this context) means analysis informed by social-democratic principles and the idea that the economy exists for people, not people for the economy. The meaning of empirical analysis is straightforward enough. Of course, it means analysis by the direct observation of experience and quantitative analysis of the objective phenomena. Proper empirical analysis can be contrasted to rhetorical analysis of the type employed by the British Prime Minister in his recent speech. This speech set up a series of false dichotomies in the pop(ular) moral philosophy realm and then proceeded to the typical neo-consconervative conclusions. A false dilemma (also called false dichotomy, the either-or fallacy, fallacy of false choice, black-and-white thinking or the fallacy of exhaustive hypotheses) is a type of logical fallacy that involves a situation in which only two alternatives are considered, when in fact there are additional options (sometimes shades of grey between the extremes). For epmaxle, It wasn't medicine that cured Ms. X, so it must have been a miracle. Wikipedia.The clear sub-text of the PM's reasoning was It is not government or market failure which played any role in causing these riots therefore it must be individual criminality or gang criminiality. It is intriguing that neoconservatives have been known to say there is no such thing as society yet in the next breath they will refer to gangs .However, we must get back to my original question. Why doesn't enlightened and empirical analysis of our political-economic predicament make any headway? Enlightened economists in Australia (I am thinking particularly of Bill Mitchell, Steve Keen and John Quiggin) have run their research and analysis, teaching, publication and even prosletyizing (for want of a better word) agendas for twenty years or more and appear to make little impact on government policy, public agendas or public discourse. There appears to be a stifling blanket of general ignorance, anti-intellectualism, conservative prejudice and mass media / corporate propaganda which muffles and silences any intelligent analysis. Facile political rhetoric holds sway and masks the real corporate and neoconservative agendas.Can the masses be rescued from their position as producer provender and consumer cattle for late stage corporate capitalism? How could their consciousness be raised so that they could actually hear and understand messages of enlightened and empirical analysis?

Wendy

Having worked in Race Equality back in the 1980s for LB Lambeth, we knew how ipntroamt the extended family was, particlularly among the African/ Caribbean Communities in England, but over the years we have seen this breakdown, pitiously so.We have a situation where some reckless young people choose to have children at a very young age and then dump' them on their older parents; then older parents, worn out from years of working are unable to cope, but help out any ways. I have seen discipline and control snatched from the hands of these families over the years and from Teachers and they have given up. So what do we have? Lots of ill disciplined, badly educated young people with or without children, with no respect for authority, running loose, who are consumed with materialism and the desire to be famous singers or footballers, (even worse preening themeselves to become future wives or girlfriends), without working hard! They cannot be blamed for all the advertisments thrown at them from the TV, Radio, PCs etc etc, which augments their desire to WANT MORE. We need to take stock and ask questions about how we are going to heal communiites after these riots. Punishing people the way we are sentencing them at the moment is NOT THE RIGHT WAY!!I wud advocate that we give more power to Teachers in schools and parents shud not be allowed to verbally or physically abuse them. More powers to the police and parents to chastise their children.I wud also bring back National Service for 2 yrs and offer the option of 1yr Community servicr and 1yr National Service.We shud also have Summer camps for young people wehere they can learn and do good things for the community in which they are placed. These are not fascistic or communist ideas, but sensible ideas to teach young people how to repect each other; their elders, authority and the commnities in which they live. I do not see anyother way of achieveing this and winning back the moral high ground. The children of today are lost, and we are partly guilty for that, we SOCIETY are partly gulity!

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