How societies surrender: the British version

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  • Britain's Home Secretary sends message that leaders no longer have the will to maintain order

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As England is wracked by spreading mobs of anarchist youth, Britain's Home Secretary reveals the rot at the core of the modern entitlement state. Responding to calls for a firmer response to yobs attacking private property and innocent citizens, Theresa May intoned,

The way we police in Britain is not through use of water cannon," she told Sky News. "The way we police in Britain is through consent of communities."

She may not have noticed that major communities in Britain are under attack, and not just undergoing an Anglo version of Spring Break in Dayton Beach. May's statement is nonsensical, for either she is talking about the very rioters themselves or assuming that private citizens too afraid to come out of their homes expect some type of dialogue with the Metropolitan Police. Worse, it sends the very strongest signal to Britons that their leaders no longer have the will to maintain public order, which is the very fundament of civil society.

Perhaps only when the mobs reach Belgravia and Kensington will the authorities step in to protect the upper middle classes. That, too, will make clear the corrosive division in society that ultimately leads law-abiding individuals to defend their own families and assure self-preservation. Endemic social dissension and conflict is never far behind. It seems that Britain's fate rests to some degree on whether the yobs can keep up their strenuous exertions in the service of Perses. The adults have gone off for a pint while England burns.

Michael Auslin is a resident scholar at AEI.

 

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  • Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies Asian regional security and political issues.


    Before joining AEI, he was an associate professor of history at Yale University. A prolific writer, Auslin is a biweekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal Asia, which is distributed globally on wsj.com. His longer writings include the book “Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2011) and the study “Security in the Indo-Pacific Commons: Toward a Regional Strategy” (AEI Press, 2010). He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and a Fulbright and Japan Foundation Scholar.


    Auslin has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. from Indiana University at Bloomington, and a B.S.F.S. from Georgetown University.


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