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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Good riots, bad riots?

In comments over at Marginal Revolution http://marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2011/08/markets-in-everything-13.html#comments

Rahul wonders about the riots in England and in other countries. It's a good question, although none of us had great answers.

Rahul August 9, 2011 at 2:23 pm

There seem uncanny analogies to the Arab Spring. This time too social media seems to be fanning the rioting and helping rioters organize. How does one distinguish between a bad riot and a good riot?

david August 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Whether the middle class joins in.

TallDave<http://classicalvalues.com/> August 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm

The ability to vote?

zbicyclist<http://mikekr.blogspot.com/> August 9, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Excellent question. Spin. But who's spinning, and why?

One might wonder why there has been no substantial violence in the US directed at banks/bankers, i.e.the people who got us into this mess. Just to clarify: I'm not advocating violence, just wondering why so clear a target has been spared.

doctorpat<http://www.articool.com.au/> August 10, 2011 at 1:44 am

Maybe the same reason animal rights groups attack women wearing fur and not Motorbike gangs wearing leather.

The upper level bankers can [afford to] protect themselves.

Rahul August 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

It takes many angry at many to riot.

Everyone angry at a few causes a lynching.