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A Grammar of Motives

Submitted by Jim Aune on August 14, 2011 - 1:05pm

There is much of rhetorical interest in the various arguments about the riots in England. I confess to a certain initial revulsion against claims by the far Left that the riots have a political cause. See A.N. Wilson here. The fact that so many targets were hard-working Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu immigrants seems lost on some people. On the other hand, moral decay has political and economic causes, and it's good to try to figure out what those are, especially the role of the mass media and modeling. Or even the long legacy of Mrs. Thatcher's destruction of communal solidarity and, well, jobs. I wonder if America's inner cities will be aflame again by Summer 2012. If so, all bets are off in terms of the appeal of Perry-Palin-Bachmann.

Submitted by syntaxfactory on August 16, 2011 - 9:39am.


Waterstones, an awesome chain, BTW, unscathed while iPads are looted from the shelves.

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