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... the riots are a political catastrophe, too. The right was already the great beneficiary of the economic crisis. They are now set to emerge strengthened from these riots, too.

This is far from an unpredictable consequence. When riots shook US cities in the 1960s and 1970s, millions of formerly Democratic-voting, white working-class people drifted into the waiting arms of the populist right. It was called ‘backlash', and it still influences the US political system today.

We are already experiencing our own backlash here. According to one YouGov poll, nine out of ten want to see water cannon deployed; a majority want the army to get involved; and a third want live bullets to be used on rioters. Twitter is buzzing with contempt for "feral youths" and a "lazy underclass", with lots of violent rhetoric about what should be done to them. Making a link between people on benefits and the riots is widespread.

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The riots are a catastrophe | Owen Jones - LabourList.org 2.0.2 - LabourList.org - 2011-08-10
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