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.
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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