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The England Riots and Social Breakdown

4:22 PM, Aug 15, 2011 • By DINA GOLD
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For the moment, the rioting has stopped, but the analyses by British intellectuals are proliferating. In the Washington Post, Jonathan Freedland suggested a connection to the British government's proposed economic austerity program. In the Wall Street Journal, Douglas Murray laid the blame at the previous government's massively increased spending which had made "a life on welfare...the best life to live." The redoubtable Melanie Phillips (cruelly nicknamed "Mad Mel" by the UK liberati press) has been warning of the inevitable eruption for years - and had been mocked for doing so. She is vindicated now.

Two days ago, Bowes, the man attacked in Ealing, died of his injuries. While I was speaking to my mother later that day, she uttered words I had thought I would never hear from her: "Thank God you got out when you did."

Dina Gold is a writer in Washington, D.C.

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