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Do the London Riots Presage America’s Economic Collapse? (Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Palestinian Territories)

Were the London riots just a hint of what is to come in the United States? Hafez al-Barghouty of the Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah in the Palestinian Territories writes that in the West, democracy is a thin veneer ‘without soul’ that cannot endure in the presence of scarcity, and that as prosperity diminishes, so will a way of life Americans take such pride in.

For the Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, Hafez al-Barghouty writes in part:

Over there, democracy is just something superficial to brag about. It isn’t rooted in people’s souls. Therefore, with the type of democracy that prevails in the West, as soon as people sense a severe shortage, they rise up and trample on their democratic principles.

The rioting and looting that took place in Cairo, for example, was committed by thugs and thieves rather than ordinary citizens; but among the rioters and looters in London were wealthy Whites and average people on the street – not only members of Black criminal gangs. Over recent years, talk about the eclipse of the American empire emerged as it declined economically because without ample abundance, it fails to live up to its democratic principles. This kind of democracy thrives in a lake filled with fresh water, while in a muddy swamp, dictatorship thrives.

Although many say that the recent riots and looting can’t shake Great Britain, some analysts have begun to see them as a kind of countdown to the collapse of the U.S. economy, which will lead to the secession of the wealthiest states in the union from the federal government and the end of the American Century. It is a scenario that would turn the states of the United States into analogues of those in the Horn of Africa.

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  • “secession of the wealthiest states”

    That’s interesting. There are states that see the government as a leach, but it has nothing to do with their wealth. For that matter, poor people were the ones who have to fight for republic, against the aristocracy that prefers the protection of stronger government beholden to their interests.

  • Quelcrist Falconer

    “secession of the wealthiest states”

    That has been the pattern recently:

    Slovenia seceding from Yugoslavia.

    Czechoslovakia splitting along ethic line into two states, one substantially wealthier than the other.

    In Belgium, the Flemish wanting secede from Belgium, leaving the poorer Walloons behind, if they could figure out how to resolve the Brussels question a Francophone city in the middle of Flanders, there would probably be 28 Countries in the EU.

  • Daniel Baker

    America has no monopoly on ignorant bigotry toward other countries, as this Palestinian editorial shows. American and British democracy both survived the Great Depression, despite suffering far worse than anything we’re seeing today. Our democracy may fail someday, but it won’t be because of 9-10% unemployment. At least since Japan in World War II, America’s enemies have played up the stereotype of America as materially wealthy, but too spiritually weak to persevere in the face of hardship. They’re still wrong.

  • rudi

    I’ll have to dig, but the wealthy states are the old Rustbelt states. The ratio of taxes payed to federal dollars sent their way are negative in the Blue states. The reddest of Red states, with a strong contingent of Teabaggers are the benefactors of a positive flow of cash there way. If Blue stated seceded from the Republic, the Southern leeches would be screwed…

  • slamfu

    Ditto what Rudi said.

  • rudi
  • @Rudi
    All federal money comes with strings. If the money can be freed from the strings, they might still be better off even if they lose some in the process.

  • rudi

    Just pointing out the irony that most states on the federal dole are Southern Teabagger states. Maybe they should start at home and stop receiving more than they pay back!! I could see if the Blue states secede.
    Top 10 Cheater states:
    1. D.C. ($6.17)
    2. North Dakota ($2.03)
    3. New Mexico ($1.89)
    4. Mississippi ($1.84)
    5. Alaska ($1.82)
    6. West Virginia ($1.74)
    7. Montana ($1.64)
    8. Alabama ($1.61)
    9. South Dakota ($1.59)
    10. Arkansas ($1.53)

    Top ten states paying for Teabagger welfare:
    States Receiving Least in Federal Spending Per Dollar of Federal Taxes Paid:

    1. New Jersey ($0.62)
    2. Connecticut ($0.64)
    3. New Hampshire ($0.68)
    4. Nevada ($0.73)
    5. Illinois ($0.77)
    6. Minnesota ($0.77)
    7. Colorado ($0.79)
    8. Massachusetts ($0.79)
    9. California ($0.81)
    10. New York ($0.81)

  • Allen

    The British are not worried about destroying their democracy because they have a Queen. Their monarchy can step in and save the day. Their troops will follow her dictates without question.

    We are going to have to be more civilized and behave more subdued, because all that we have is a choice between Bachman, Perry, Palin and Paul.

    In which case anarchy may be preferable.

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