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August 9th, 2011
04:48 PM ET

Are England's riots a sign of things to come here?

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Firefighters battle a massive blaze at the Sony distribution center in Waltham Abbey, north of London. (PHOTO CREDIT: LEON NEAL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

London is burning - along with many other parts of England - and the United States may want to take note.

More than 560 people have been arrested in London alone after the past three nights of violence. The city's jails are full.

And when you look at these pictures, it's hard to believe this is London, one of the world's great cities, and not some third world country with a ragtag government.

Looting, fires, rioting, attacks on police officers: Residents say it's like a "war zone" and that there's a "carnival atmosphere" among the gangs of hooded youths.

This all started after the shooting death of a 29-year-old black man at the hands of the police in London last week. It's still under investigation. But it's almost like that was the spark that ignited an explosion of anger and frustration from Britain's young and unemployed.

There are reports of children as young as seven participating in the violence and looting. Seven years old.

Prime Minister David Cameron has cut his Italian vacation short, and he's recalling Parliament. He's vowing tough action to stop the violence. Critics say the police have been missing in action so far, but 16,000 will report for duty on the streets of London tonight.

And the violence isn’t just in London. It has also broken out in cities like Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.

There are many culprits for what's going on here - including ethnic tensions and absence of law enforcement.

But make no mistake - it's no coincidence that these riots are happening as the global economy hangs off the edge of a cliff. Income inequality in England is greater than at any time since the 1920s. And this rioting began in one of the poorest parts of London - Tottenham, where unemployment is devastating.

Here’s my question to you: Are England's riots a sign of things to come here?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dave in Orlando:
What surprises me is that we haven’t had any yet. We have sleazy people in Congress, lazy people in the White House and crazy people in the Supreme Court. All of which has precipitated income disparity beyond measure, a tiny number of people who will never have a worry or want in the world and an enormous number of people whose world is nothing but worry and hardship. If our complacency is so metastasized, we are terminal.

Jeremy in London:
No, Jack, while some of the same problems might exist, the U.S. is too vast and the police in the U.S. would put this down in a day. There is a sad underclass mentality in the UK where everything is everyone else's fault; this is where the U.S. stands head and shoulders above places like that. No chance this can happen in the US.

Jennifer:
It's amazing to me how quickly "protesters" turn into "rioters" and "hooligans" in the media. It's also amazing that people have not made the connection between unemployed youth and what happened in Syria, Egypt, Libya, et al. The youth here are unemployed too, and all it may take is a spark.

Clifton on Facebook:
Yes. America is headed down the path to riots and civil disorder if nothing changes in our government and if people don't get jobs soon. Wake up, people… We just lost our AAA rating and it’s only the beginning. 46 million people on food stamps is not a joke.

John:
Jack, have you forgotten the civil rights days? I know you're as old as I am, at least you look it.

Curtis in Philadelphia:
Excuse me, Jack, but this is America! As long as I have: cable TV, can have food delivered, have access to fast food restaurants that I can drive through using the cheapest gas in the western world, can buy cheap stuff from Wal-Mart, can own a hundred guns, and can access free porn on the internet, why the hell would I want to riot? That takes effort my friend.


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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Jim

    If things continue on the path that they're on, Yes, protests and riots may well come to this country. If our representatives and President continue to ingore the plight of the working class, unemployed and Seniors in lieu of the rich, it most certainly will come and well it should. It's sad that people in Washington seem totally oblivious to this probablility.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  2. Jim, Denver CO

    Jack,

    Yes and No. First, yes because there will be people out in the streets yelling and protesting the recent events. Second, no because the groups protesting will be small special interest groups on both extremes of the politics. And that is because the rest of us who should be out there protesting are trying to keep our jobs (if we have one) and pay our bills. It isn't apathy, but the realization that we are caught in a viscous cycle by the rich and powerful to keep the masses from actively protesting.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  3. Doug

    No, we have plenty of police to quash any riots. We have Police from A to Z. Doug.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  4. Jayne

    I hope not, but you can only beat the downtrodden for so long before they start to fight back. We've seen ungodly huge bailouts for banks and Wall Street brokers while the average person is often unemployed, drowning in debt and never seems to catch a break. We've got plenty of money for corporate bailouts, plenty of money for wars and killing, but no money to save the middle class.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  5. Russ in PA

    Of course. Why should anyone believe that the US will be immune from the bursting of the socialism bubble? The country has lived off of easy credit for too long, fueled by pandering politicians. The bill will come due.

    Ron Paul in 2012...

    August 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
  6. Dan in Aluququerque

    I djubt it, although we have plenty of hoodlums who would relish the idea of looting and burning if they were given the opportunity by any kind of demonstration. There are certainly extremists from all kinds of sources that have the mindset, but that's a long way from starting an organized, violent protest.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  7. marybeth, massachusetts

    Jack,

    Perhaps–if things continue to get worse here we might see riots. There were riots in the late 1960's (Watts, and at the '68 Democratic convention) and in the 1990's (Rodney King), and looting in New Orleans post-Katrina. Those were due to more specific events, but that doesn't mean riots like they are experiencing in England couldn't happen here. When people are desperate AND come to believe that they have nothing to lose, and when the elected leaders don't listen and continue to abuse the system, that's when there will be riots.

    August 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Jk from Minnesota

    Jack, I'd say if the wealth distribution gap between the top 1 – 2% of the country and the rest of it continues to widen, at some point it could happen.

    You can't keeping kicking people when they are down and expect them not to react.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  9. AB

    The events in the UK may very well be occur in the USA if our political leaders fail to take actions to stem the decline in the American standard of living. The riots and bedlam in the UK are really the result of the Tory's austerity program and the tripling of university tuition, making it impossible for young british youth to pursue higher education. Despite the lack of an austerity program in the USA, the unemployment and other economic hardships that Americans face are far worse than the hardships that Western Europeans have to cope with. This could lead to lack of confidence in our political leadership, economic system and ultimately, social and political unrest.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  10. elizabeth in sacramento

    It's definitely a sign of things to come here. Wisconsin is showing us the way to do it peacefully, despite Republican attempts to thwart voters. The senators up for recall there only spin their party line & it's obvious that they serve the rich. If things continue in our country, as they are, it is only natural that they might want to revolt.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Jim

    Jack,

    Could be, but not over some police action. When the riots break out over here it will be the conservative lunatics against everyone else. The scary thing is con-loonies will have most of the guns.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    August 9, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  12. Simon/Orlando

    No question about it. We are running out of money and when the leaches of our society stop getting their governmemnt checks, what do you think they are going to do?

    August 9, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  13. Carla Martin-Wood, Birmingham, Alabama

    Oh, it will be MUCH nastier here, Jack. If they TOUCH Social Security or Medicare, the streets will be filled of people like me - on our canes, in our wheelchairs - people who have paid into these programs all our lives and who can't survive without them and have no other resources. Young people rioting is one thing. A nation of Baby Boomers rising up against outright theft of what we've paid into and must count on - that's something else. We did it in the 60s. We're not as pretty now, but we can get the job done if we have to.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  14. pat, Idaho

    If things don't turn around real quick, we might see the White House on fire AGAIN.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  15. MNResident

    I am from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, Jack, and I saw rioters like those in England all during the 2008 Republican convention that took place blocks from where I work. Those riots aren't a sign of things to come. They are a reflection of what is already here.....

    August 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  16. Stephen N. Blesofsky

    No the riots in England are what's already here and will likely only get worse.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  17. Brad, Portland, OR

    Nope. Rioters would get shot here.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  18. elijah

    Well Jack, you have an economy thats bad for the low income earners and the unemployed which form a big part of the population. Add that to the mistreatment of illegal citizens trying to make some meaning out of their so illusive american dream and you have yourself a powder keg for violent riots as an act of self preservation

    August 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  19. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua

    Dr. King famously said, "Without Justice there can be no Peace."

    We're no better than anyone else. If Americans don't start seeing some sharing of the consequences of Wall Street, the banks, and Bush's wars, we'll explode like the 4th of July.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  20. John in Alabama

    Jack: I do not think so, because the United States have faster reaction to a problem than do police authories in Great Britain. If the police had a show of force when the problem present itself maybe calmer people would prevailed. Immediately, close all bars until the burning and looting stops. Get has many community leaders elected or as part of civic organiztions to speak to those would burn and loot. Arrest the ones who deserve it, and try to get the rest to go home.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  21. Thomas

    Yes. Read "The Bell Curve". Society is loosing the battle. The government is supporting a high birth rate among those with the lowest IQ. The combination of genetics and terrible environment among the poor ensures that the next generation is less well equipped to deal with the challenges of the modern world. The riots are an inevitable clash between those who have and those who have not.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Ron

    Yes and I'm suprised it's not happening here first.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  23. Ron

    Yes, and I'm suprised it's not happening here first.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  24. bob faster

    These rioters are wards of the state. The Brits enabled them with entitlements and welfare and now they are paying the price as most social welfare states do.

    The more we give away to our entitled classes the more they demand and their Democrat Representatives just want to continue to pick the pockets of taxpapers ( all 50 % of those paying federal taxes) so they can continue to stay on the lamb and vote Democrat. A vicious circle!

    Yes, it could happen here with those claiming they are "owed something" by the government.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  25. Phyllis G. Williams

    Are England's riots a sign of things to come here?

    Americans who have the Hope for the future would not be
    led by the devil to do such a thing. Our Creator is giving us
    all things visible and invisible Free (Colossians 1: 16),
    a Free world, a Free heaven (Revelation 21: 7)(1st Peter 1: 4),
    so only those would do that, who do not know that all they will
    get from following England is darkness, a Lake of Fire, and
    Satan laughing at them and mocking them (Revelation 20: 14).

    ++++++

    August 9, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  26. pat in michigan

    As I understand it .they were sparked by police shooting an unarmed man.Hell Jack we've been shooting unarmed or underarmed people in our state for years. It's just a sign that people are fed up. keep us in a corner much longer and you wiill see the same here,and we are armed!

    August 9, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  27. Loren

    No, because for all the racial disharmony in this country, the racial/ethnic/national origin divide that exists in England is not as prevalent here due to the effectiveness of the Civil Rights movement. Maybe if breadlines start forming here, but so far, keeping my fingers crossed.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  28. Catherine

    Jack, it's not just in the UK......it's all over the globe. Hopefully, Americans will have better sense than to just riot. Peaceful demonstrations have always had profound effects in the US.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
  29. ken, atlantic city, nj

    Yes it is just a matter of time before people take to the streets in this country, but they will not be welcomed with open arms like we demand from other countries leaders in the middle east. It is hypocritical that when students protest in london they are called rioters and crimminals, but the anarchists in egypt, syria and libya who are trying to overthrow their government are called arab spring student protesters. The united kingdom and nato have killed two of ghadafis sons, killed hundreds of ghadafi supporters, and blown up hundreds of buildings in tripoli because ghadafi said he would take action against armed anarchist rebels trying to destroy him and the government. Thousands of police in london are ready to beat, arrest, and kill protesters in london so where is the u.n. resolution and no fly zone.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  30. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If we don't resolve the job and economic growth and the politicians continue to take from the poor, the elderly and the middle class, and foster the wealthy and corporations-there is going to be a national catastrophe. Life improves slowly, but goes wrong fast, and only the catastrophe is clearly visible. What is happening is a morale catastrophe being exhibited.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  31. fred conklin

    I actually think PUBLIC PROTEST is long overdue. Flash mobs with the purpose of GENERAL STRIKE against the government makes sense at this point. I am an independent constitutional conservative – unlike those in congress who claim to be conservative. A general strike might possibly get the attention of those incompetents in congress

    August 9, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
  32. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think what we are seeing in England could easily happen here. We have all the ingredients. We have people who are frustrated with their gov't and a vanishing middle class. We have one other thing that England does not have, and that is a gov't that cannot work together, or should I say refuses to work together. All of these things are leading to a nation of rich and poor. That always leads to unrest in the streets.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  33. Boomer in Mo

    Perhaps. With the distance widening between the haves and have nots, the have nots may come after the haves in a deadly, and desperate, rage at some point. The haves might want to think about that and maybe let a little more trickle down to the have nots.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  34. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Jack do you remember Rodney King? A similar situation happened in England. People became upset at the actions of the police and instead of calmly seeking satisfaction they tore a city apart costing themselves the tax payers money to repair and replace what they destroyed. The end result was a legal battle that played out in the media. No one was better off for it. Sometimes people do bad things Jack. Exacting a pound of flesh because of the actions of one person is not right or just. It is criminal and wrong. When people act out they are becoming the thing that they claim to hate.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Elizabeth From Toronto

    No, but with the internet we must be watchful of "gangs of youths or lawless people" who with nothing to do "Twitt" themselves to attend mass demonstrations and end up causing property damage and hurting innocent people.

    August 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  36. Donald Desaulniers

    It is almost guaranteed.
    If President ObamAA+, as I have decided to call him, gets re-elected, then America's creditors will give up hope and call in their loans. This will result in forced austerity measures like in Greece, which will entail riots.
    If the Republicans win in 2012, then their slashing of entitlement programs will cause horrendous riots.
    Only a sensible compromise explained by trusted leadership figures can avoid chaos. Has any trusted politician surfaced so far?

    August 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  37. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Not yet. Noone in this country is angry enough. Don't know why not, but I guess we are so complacent that things will be ok, noone cares enough to even protest. It's not Viet Nam its the economy. We don't protest wars, money, poverty, hunger, we just roll with it. Good to be in America

    August 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  38. chris

    i am suprised it has not happened with how angry we all are about our govt that does not care for us it is not if but when it happens

    August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  39. Jeremy in London

    No Jack, while some of the same problems might exist, the US is too vast and the police in the US would put this down in a day. There is a sad underclass mentality in the UK where everything is everyone else's fault, this is where the US stands head and shoulders above places like the UK. Just look at examples like Heysel & Hillsborough from the 80s...135 dead and everybody but the hooligans fault. That is what you are seeing on your TV right now. There will be a commission formed in the UK that will blame the police and the government and see what they can do so these "poor" people are not "forced" to behave like the animals that they are. No chance this can happen in the US.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  40. Rick, Medina, OH

    Jack,

    If the last ten years of history have proven anything, it is that just about anything can happen anywhere.

    Rick,
    Medina, OH

    August 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  41. Name*gail snyder

    Jacbk ...We already did that riot in the streets thing back in the 60s. Remember?

    August 9, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
  42. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, these young people are obviously the illegitimate offspring of the soccer hooligans of the 1980s. Since these hoods are rioting over a perceived injustice, they are obviously more sophisticated than their mob forefathers who rioted because their team was playing the somnolence inducing sport of soccer.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  43. Raj, Toronto

    The government suppress the people. The police beat up people using excessive force. The government then protects these actions, at the same time taking away the rights and subjecting the people to austerity measures, while using the public to live lavish lifestyles. Not living within their own means themselves, well, this does create an atmosphere of distrust and anger. The media seems to be failing once again by demonizing the public for being outraged at the actions of the government and police. They beat up a teenage girl. All over Europe, Asia, and the Middle East are riots daily. The United States can pretend that these conditions do not exist, but when the people finally wake up, and see that their own government has bankrupted generations to come, they will also take to the streets. Thomas Jefferson, father of liberty in the United States would appreciate demonstrating against such corruption. The same ideology exist here, cops kill people on the streets by beating them with their hands, shooting people in the back, and nothing happens. If we are all subject to the law, why are they not prosecuted. Its because the government knows that these protests will come to the United States, and it needs the police to forcefully deter any public demonstrations. By not taking actions against the police, they encourage them to continue to suppress the people.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  44. Judy, Exeter, Calif.

    Of course. Our schools are the worst. The lack of education lies at the root of this problem, and will only get worse, because congress thinks spending cuts to education is what this country needs. In the UK, the spending cuts have taken what little these people had, and they are reacting the only way they know how. Not saying it's right, but the real solutions are long term. I hope the party's will stop their partisan bickering and do the countrys; business for a change. The lobbyists need to get kicked out and Grover Norquist needs to be investigated.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  45. John James

    Oak Hill, West Virginia. If the Congress does not act in a responsible manner which they have yet to accomplish then you will see the same here as the middleclass will be getting tired of carrying the millionairs on their backs. Why is it that the millionaires do not pay their fair share and how many jobs have they created since the Bush Tax cuts went into effect. We need help now and need a president to call major leaders of Congress back to washington, which would be a good question to ask your listeners.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  46. Dare Taiwo

    This is English Spring in the making. When Eastern Libyans were burning Government Offices and Military Forts in February, they were called Freedom Fighter. Disgruntled and marginalized UK Citizens have taken to the streets against their Govt and doing those same things that earned Eastern Libyans the support from the West, now they are being called names. Karma!

    August 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  47. Jennifer

    It's amazing to me how quickly "protesters" turn into "rioters" and "hooligans" in the media. It's also amazing that people have not made the connection between unemployed youth and what happened in Syria, Egypt, Libya, et al. The youth here are unemployed too; and all it may take is a spark.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  48. Sylvia from San Diego, CA

    I hope not. I like to believe that we Americans love our country enough to guard, protect and respect her and each other.....

    August 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  49. Dennis north carolina

    As the developed countries of the world keep down grading the education systems for the majority of middle class and the poor class people, you will find a more violent society. the power brokers of big business and the wealthy feel it is easier to govern a lees educated person. this will lead to more violence and lawless mind set in large groups of people. we are starting to look like the old wild wild west.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  50. Cora Elizabeth

    Yes, Jack, it is a sign of the times. Individual frustration levels are reaching an all-time high. The economy not only has folks cutting back on entertainment and leisure-time activities to work off the frustration. We are finding ourselves in a situation where more and more people are losing their homes, jobs, and some cannot even feed their family. People are becoming less and less caring about others, becoming ruder and ruder to others. Put on your seatbelt, Jack, it's going to be quite a ride.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
  51. Brian in IL

    My gut wants to say yes, but what happened in London was more reminiscent of the race-fed riots in US cities in the 1960's. In fact the same thing that sparked the fabled Watts riots. I do believe that unrest such as what we have seen in countries such as Spain and especially Greece could happen here, but in the US we seem to have such amazing durability that if anyone can take stressful conditions in stride, it is the strong Americans. We are so conditions to be prepared for aggravation to disrupt our days and routines that it would take the financial equivalent of several major earthquakes to shake the foundation loose. Right now resistance bursts out all over the world while we do nothing to fight corporate takeover.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  52. Dave Bolte

    Yes.
    I do believe these things will come here if we allow the tea party to further thier agenda of oppressing the poor. A person who lives in abject poverty doesn't have much reason to fear being arrested. In jail they get 3 hots and a cot.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  53. Gary H. Boyd

    No Jack because we are smarter than that. When we reach total gridlock, I see two separate America's emerging - One Republican, the other Democratic with 25 states for each peopled exclusively by those of the respective parties. I suspect the 25 Republican states will have full employment, self-reliance and prosperity while the 25 Democrat states will have unemployment, government handouts and poverty. After all, isn't that the basic philosphy of each? Certainly no need for rioting.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    August 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  54. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    It is said revolution in only three missed meals away! With 14,000,000 unemployed and even recent college graduates unable to find work, once Tea Party cuts to government undermine the remaining social safety nets, yes, Jack, we could see riots here, too!

    August 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  55. john thomas

    Jack, have you forgotten the civil rights days? I know you're as old as I am, at least you look it.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  56. Arlene, Illinois

    Jack, only one way to stop the violence, as the old Mayor
    Daley of Chicago said during the riots after Martin Luther
    King's death, looters will be shot and that was the end of it..
    What kind of a country are we living in that everyone must carry
    a gun?

    August 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  57. Dave, Orlando, FL

    What surprises me is that we haven’t had any yet. We have sleazy people in Congress, lazy people in the White House and crazy people in the Supreme Court. All of which has precipitated income disparity beyond measure, a tiny number of people who will never have a worry or want in the world and an enormous number of people whose world is nothing but worry and hardship. If our complacency is so metastasized, we are terminal.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  58. dennis proteau

    Jack , this just might be a crystal ball for America to wake up and see that unless we change the way we do businness in this country when it comes to the working class, the poor and politics in general, we could be looking into our future. One things for sure, if it all goes the way of London, we can't say we didn't have a clue!

    Dennis
    Hartsville,TN.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
  59. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Unfortunately, it will be much worse here WHEN it happens. A lot of people here have guns and are not afraid to use them. We are sitting on the edge of a gorge and the spark will come as the result of people here starving while we send money to other countries and spend billions every week on wars. We live in a much different culture than in the 30's.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
  60. Ed Scheiner

    I cetainly hope not. Violence does not solve problems. It will only create
    1. Hardening attitudes
    2. More problems

    I Do Believe you will see a REVOLT in this country though. It is going to come in a legal peaceful form. It is not just Vote out Incumbents. It is Give M Term Limits. Like the Balanced Budget Amendment we need Term Limits. Our Baffons cannot be trusted. They have exhausted our patience.
    So throw out the Baffoons One And ALL!

    August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  61. Tracy

    It is possible. If the Republicans continue to throw grandma under the train. They need to concentrate on jobs and revenue. As far as I am concerned, we need to keep the tea and throw the tea party overboard.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  62. Ken in Victoria BC

    Yes Lets consider the riots around Mr.King in LA and riots in France. Police behavior was the cause. As long as authorities do not punish the policemen heavily, riots are the public response. As in Vancouver, an excuse for criminals to blend into the crowd for mischief purposes.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  63. Tina Tx

    I am totally shocked it has not started here. You cannot keep people out of a job for this long. Those that have a job are working longer with less pay and those who have not jobs some are resorting to robbing banks to get healthcare and have a roof over there heads. When you have the mega rich flaunting their wealth while you are getting paid peanuts there will be a snapping point and it is coming.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  64. curtis in philadelphia

    Excuse me Jack but this is America! As long as I have: cable TV, can have food delivered, have access to fast food restaurants that I can drive through using the cheapest gas in the western world, can buy cheap stuff from Wal-Mart, can own a hundred guns, and can access free porn on the internet, why the hell would I want to riot? That takes effort my friend. Could pass the remote?

    August 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  65. Josh from New Orleans

    I'm surprised we haven't rioted sooner since we are controlled by greedy rich people and corporations.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  66. richard a. winkler

    Probably. We have 25 million people unemployed or underemployed and Congress tries to balance the budget on the backs of the middle class and won't raise taxes on the wealthy.

    This kind of inequality will eventually result in revolt.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
  67. Peg from NY

    Yes. The chasm between the "have's" and "have not's" widens by the day. Our global economy is down the toilet. I saw a video of teenage girls watching and commenting on the looting and mayhem, as they consumed alcohol. The mindset of these individuals is frightening. The reason they give for this madness is "rich people".

    It is only a matter of time before people in the USA take their issues and frustrations to the streets.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
  68. Bernie of Lowell.

    Certainly, Jack. With so many people out of work, and unable to collect unemployment benefits, looting to provide food for so many starving families will certainly commence. It will be much more difficult to throw Chinese shipping containers overboard, but I bode that as well.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  69. Jay in SC

    If we could count on a good steady hand at the helm, with a leader who
    knew what he was doing… say the likes of a Churchill, I'd say we have no problem.
    BUT….our trust and confidence have plummeted as much or more than the Stock Market, with a wishy-washy government.

    Make no mistake - we will NEVER forget Obama, try as we may. He doesn't need a re-election campaign, we ALL have his number.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  70. Mike from Texas

    I hope not for the sake of all the innocent people who would be hurt by that type of rebellion. However there is a lot of talk about marches and demonstrations to show our disgust with Congress and if they are peaceful then I am all for it. Something has to be done to tell Congress they better listen to us, and do our will not thiers. I prefer to campaign for constant email and phone calls to Congress.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  71. Al in Delaware

    Income inequality is also the greatest here in the U.S. than at any time since the 1920's. There are also racial and ethnic tensions and young people who can'find jobs. The way you have laid it out you have the answer to your own question.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
  72. Bob D Iowa

    As long as there are Terrorists in the Halls of Congress there might as well be those trying to survive in the streets. This country was not made by the sweat and tears of the wealthy but those of the common man.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  73. bud rupert

    Riots seem to be part of our history going back to a long way Jack. Detroit, Watts, Baltimore, Chcago, Washington DC, and there are lots more. But I don't think that just becuse there is unrest in England it will trigger something in the states. It certainly could happen but more then likely over something totally unrelated from our friends acrosss the pond.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  74. Nanashi San

    Maybe, but if it does, the city and state governments will not worry as much about pulling out rubber bullets, water cannons and the National Guard.

    Nanashi San in Dokomo

    August 9, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  75. Bob D Iowa

    As long those that have been elected are not doing the peoples work but are just corporate puppets maybe we do.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:54 pm |
  76. becky - Las Vegas

    No, Jack. This is their version of the Rodney King/LA riots. Been there. Done that. This is "them" following "us".

    August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  77. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    IF it gets to the point where people cant provide for their families, "You Betcha" it can happen here in America, Jack.

    you look at the history of The Great Depression, there was a LOT of civil unrest including the "Bonus Army" riots in Washington DC in 1932. desperate people will do desperate things.

    Republican so called "conservatives" can carp all they want about "The New Deal" BUT it was probably the only thing that kept American from becoming either a Communist dictatorship like Russia or a Fascist dictatorship like Italy and Germany back then.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
  78. Karl in Flint

    Our day is coming, I’m afraid, and will hopefully start on Wall Street and “K” Street instead of Harlem, Detroit and Compton and spread to corporate headquarters across the country. Maybe visit Capitol Hill and see if its members even notice they are being dragged out by their constituents. These sacred vestals of our country are tarnished beyond recognition. Corporations, thanks to the five in the Supreme Court, are now running this country, not the people, and they need to be put back in their proper place, physically if necessary. I’m afraid civil insurrection may be all that’s left. So far money talks and you know the rest.

    August 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  79. aj miller - tobyhanna PA

    We have already had episodes like this in the recent past – Rodney King in California...and in 1990, there were riots in suburban Teaneck, in Bergen County, New Jersey, after the shooting of a black young man by a white police officer...(encouraged by Al Sharpton).....we need to watch out for "loose cannon" community leaders calling people to "inappropriate and violent action." Or else, we will be in Big trouble.....

    August 9, 2011 at 3:59 pm |
  80. Gigi Oregon

    Do ya think! Our young people might get upset...

    Just wait till the grandchildren find out their grandparents/parents voted for Pres.George Bush and his two wars and charged the wars on a Chinese credit card so they and their grand children could pay for the debt. And then ended up in the wrong country....not to forget gave the Rich a tax break while fighting at least two war. And by the way kiddo's President Obama got OBL...I'd sure hate to be the parents of those kids..

    .Or we could vote the Republicans in again and let them continue to rewrite history...blame it on those liberals. Don't blame it on the guilty or they won't trickle down to you, they'll send their work to be made in China.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  81. Anthony J. Frascino from Swedesboro, NJ

    Every population has crazed nihilistic renegades who seek any cause to justify anarchy, destruction and looting. These are probably the same soccer rowdies who disrupt the game with their thuggery and violence.
    Our country has suffered with this melee in the LA riots and at many sporting events. Here in Philadelphia we're suffering the hooliganism of flash mobs who use the internet to gather in large numbers to invade the city and loot and assault innocent visitors.
    It's something no country is safe from and will always continue. The lagging economy will spark more riots here and all over the world.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  82. Gail,, Plano, TX

    Yes, Jack, the riots in London could happen here. Inequality breeds violence. People feel powerless, so take to the streets to vent their frustrations with the government. Many Americans feel they have no voice. The government is not working and are still collecting enormous paychecks, while the John Does of the country are suffering with no jobs, and very little hope for their futures.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
  83. Rhonda Vickroy

    It is entirely possible as the gap between the haves and have-nots continues to grow. We have a completely dysfunctional government that demonizes the poor and is quite willing to cut the feet out from under the sick and elderly. But what frightens me the most is the vengeance by which the politicians, particularly the Republicans, are targeting public education funding. The availability of public education helped build the middle class after WWII and its demise by lack of funding, long term, will bring the middle-class to its knees.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  84. Paul From Austin Texas

    They may very well be what is to come here. We can hope and pray that never happens here but with things the way they are going it may come here very soon. How many times can people be told don't worry be happy. When the true reality hits look out.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  85. Ron Dayton

    Jack, it surprises me daily that it hasn't started here, especially the police killings for no good reason. But Politocal division, now there is a keg of gunpowder ready to go off!

    August 9, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  86. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Hope is about seeing new possibilities. Despair is when we see no possibility because there has been no change.

    If you are asking if we are headed towards people feeling hopelessness and reacting to this, well Jack, we are already there.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  87. Joshua Murray

    I hope so. Then we will have some more entertaining news programs to watch, and maybe some more information to get people like Pres. Obahma and some other demacratic represenatives and senator to do their jobs again.

    Mr. Murray
    St. Louis, MO

    August 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  88. Sam

    The political instability of this world comes as no surprise based on biblical prophecies. On a global level violence, poverty, sickness is multiplying by the hour. This is only the beginning.
    New york, ny

    August 9, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  89. Paul P.

    Simple, if it can happen in England, there is no reason why it cannot happen here in due time. To be honest, I think the ball is already rolling, with extreme ideological stances and rhetoric, government dysfunction, high unemployment and a disappearing middle class. All we need is sudden and draconian cuts to social spending...and a match. Its what happens when people have nothing to lose.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  90. Dan K

    Most definitely! It is not whether but just when! Most of these people in other countries are the poor and-or oppressed. With the disappearance of the middle class and or gov’t leaning to becoming more oppressive toward the poor it is inevitable! My grandchildren if not my children, sad to say will inevitably be a part of this all!
    Dan K
    Owens Crossroads Alabama

    August 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  91. Isabella Parvan

    If our country continues to ignore the poor by cutting social programs, and if they keep giving tax breaks to the wealthy, subsidies to oil companies, and trillions to the military, then the answer is a resounding YES!
    When people see the injustice and income disparity between the top 1% and the rest of us, they will not be able to shut up any longer.
    And when people in power don't go to jail for blatant crimes, we will rise and our voices will be heard. And when our governing body is so corrupt and easily bought by the greed of the wealthy, we shall unite and make the necessary changes.
    People can only be victimized for so long......

    August 9, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  92. Richard Stetson

    Jack,
    The riots in London may have flashed because of a police shooting of a suspect but I believe that the underlying austerity measures the Bristish Government has put into place and the bleak future the youth of the world face is the real cause. I give it two to three years before the youth of our own middle class take to the our streets. I did in the 70's and I hope they do now. This could be a big payoff for the insurance giants though if they start selling 'Riot Protection Plans' to small businesses. One store front and the looting of one's inventory and a small business owner is out protesting himself.

    Richard
    Providence, RI

    August 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  93. Al from Sandy Hook

    Rioting is often the result when people feel there is no way out of a hopeless situation. For many in the U.S.that moment has long arrived.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  94. Jan From DE

    Hope not but I can definately see it happening. I would just like to see millions of people March On Washington to say that we are sick and tired of the gridlock and focus on political outcome when people are jobless and homeless and hungry. But I guess we'll have to wait for election day.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  95. Joey from Columbus, Ohio

    England is more liberal than America. Americans are too afraid to be sued to riot in the streets.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  96. Kathie

    with the building anger and distrust of the dysfunction in Washington and the antics of the tea party ( in Washington and Madison, WI) I am very fearful this will occur here.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  97. Pat - Hampstead Maryland

    Jack – I remember vivdly the protests of the 60's and early 70's and in 1969 was on a bus in Downtown Baltimore when the Martin Luther King riots exploded. Back then not many had guns so the damage was mostly burned out stores. Now everybody has guns. Its coming and it wont be pretty.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  98. Richard C.

    Jack, I hope not! England reflects the epitomy of class warfare and it seems to me that Obama is heading us into the same quagmire with his socialist policies.
    Malvern,PA.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  99. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Take away the riot's that have broken out in London, and England sounds just like the United States. Oh wait, I forgot, isn't there an organized riot (recall election) taking place in Wisconsin as I write this? If the people we vote for in 2012 continue to cater to the wealthy and the likes of Grover Norquist, the United States will see more and more organized riots in the form of recall elections.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  100. Mark, Tempe Az

    I doubt it, Jack. I think we, as a people, just don't have the energy for it. The economic woes, natural disasters and the man-made disaster in Washington have drained us. It's tough enough just making it through the day. But God help Congress if we can just get some rest...

    August 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  101. Greg, Ontario

    That's what happens when you allow rampant uncontrolled immigration and cut spending on your prison systems. The punks from other countries bring their values (or lack there of) to your country. Their children end up acting like the young people in Philly. It's my guess the dead and injured number would be a lot higher should this stuff be tried in the US.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
  102. Kim Smith

    Take note my fellow citizens, what's happening in England is what scares American politicians the most. Anarchy is the name of the game for those who have been used as expendable consumers for the politicians and corporate criminals.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  103. Mr. D

    Sounds like a possible precurser to life in the US if we don't get our act together. We would all like to think that the violence seen in England couldn't happen in this country-don't bet on it.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
  104. mike daves

    the republicans and their tea party will force people as close to this edge as they can buy taking away what little we have the tea party would like nothing more than slave labor and 0 taxes for the rich . we the people do not matter to them

    August 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
  105. Nate NC

    This probably would have happened last week in D.C. had the debt ceiling not been increased. I'm sure our government remembered that there are some not so friendly neighborhoods around them.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  106. CanadaTRUE

    While I would not promote violence you need to be careful. Look to Canada for ways to improve your economy. We are your best friends. But first get rid of the GOP tea party as they are selling you off …If all fails you may have to take to the streets. Canada will protest with you! The GOP economic ideology is a threat to North America.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  107. calaurore9

    Yes, Jack, you are on the money. Anger rises as jobs go away. First thought when heard this, we're next. There are already war zones in many U.S. cities and they'll soon spill over into a suburb near you.

    Carol in Northampton, Ma

    August 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  108. JT

    I hope to God not... But..... I fear that Obama's continued fanning of the flames of class warfare is just laying the tinder that someone will set afire some day. Witness the report that one English looter stated " I'm just redistributing the income". We know why Obama is continually bashing those that have some money and a job( he wants to win an election), but I fear he is clueless as to the larger resentment is he building.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  109. Bobby Jackson MS

    It wouldn't surprise me desperate people do desperate things in this deceitful political and toxic social climate anything's possible but let's all hope and pray that it doesn't have to come to that

    August 9, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  110. Ed from California

    I doubt we'll have riots on that scale. But, if you look at Wisconsin, and today's recall election, Well that' is our riot here on our soil. I believe that the American middle-class worker is getting fed up about getting ripped off and having our jobs shipped off to overseas lands just so a few wealthy families can get rich beyond their own beliefs. W

    August 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  111. dave in nashville

    Push that rock to the side Jack, this happens somewhere here every day, just not being reported, except maybe the recall deal in Wisconsin.

    We don't need riots, we need recalls at a national level, violence be damned.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  112. Mike Small

    I hope not – but with the love that Americans have with guns [many will die if it happens.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  113. Bill in New Mexico

    Especially, if those really big cuts in federal spending get serious this Christmas.

    Some of England's people are already begging for the army to patrol.

    I would suggest marshal law here before it gets as bad as England. You may be affronted by marshal law, but marshal law is preferable to having your car trashed, upturned, and burned. Marshal law is preferable to home invasions.

    I think we can anticipate a lot of killing with the riots here in America.

    The full prisons are a problem. I would suggest that America consult with Arizona on how to expand prison space rapidly. This spending $50,000 annually on each prisoner is ridiculous. That is several times minimum wage.

    I would suggest taking every gun class that you can, and then you will know what guns to get. Continue the gun classes.

    When our food sources are decimated, everybody will become a survivalist or be dead.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  114. Ralph Nelson

    Yes. They are the result of Cameron's drastic cuts in spending. That, and the Euopeans have been too generous in benefits in the past. Cuts need to be phrased in, not sudden and drastic.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  115. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    Occurrances as the riots in England are not a large stretch of the imagination away from happening here in the US. Desperate people do desperate things. Everything has been taken away from some people. They lost their life savings since '08,their homes,can't keep their family together cause they have no where to live and can't feed them. They have lost their integrity and they are frustrated and very mad and willing to lash out at authority figures who did this to them. I hope Congress is watching this and realize that now they can't just step up Security because we simply can't afford it anymore. This is the backlash when government has that "Let them eat cake" attitude.

    August 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  116. John

    Jack,

    I believe we are getting very close to this kind of action happening in cities around the country due to the lack of progress from our current politicians. Also, the young people in this country can't get jobs after college because the oldest of the baby boomer generation didn't plan well enough to retire comfortably and are staying at jobs as long as they can. We're just starting to see frustration with the young people to the point they are about to snap and have riots of a greater nature if action isn't taken to improve our situation.

    John
    Mesa, AZ

    August 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  117. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    Perhaps so. Along with the rebellions in the Middle East the riots in England may be reminders to Americans just what 'people power' can do, for better or worse.

    The thing is, you NEVER hear about people who are not poor rioting or protesting. I don't count the union members who protested in Wisc., because most union members, although not RICH, at least have some SECURITY.

    I think it is the lack of money AND the insecurity that causes a populaton, however small, wo rise up.

    If the American People ever decide that there are too many rich people who control society, and if law-abiding citizens ever decide that the law is just not working, then we will see similar events in america.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  118. Ralph Spyer

    The police in America all have guns, some even have drop guns. Laws unsupported by force soon fall into contempt,

    August 9, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  119. Jim

    With all the criticizm of other countries and the treatment of civilian rioters it would be interesting to se if this country will tolerate unrest.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  120. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl in case you haven't been following the news, Britain follows everything we do, cash for clunkers, going to inane wars they can't win, installing nuclear power, unchecked immigration, greedy politicians getting caught, and spending more than they take in. we had riots already, but with illegal aliens flooding into our streets on a regular basis without fear of deportation, you bet.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  121. Phil, jersey

    Thats why the Rich can't just be content of having all the wealth. Eventually, its human nature, that those who are being left to dry, will rise up and fight for whats fair. Its better to help spread the wealth so that the have nots don't eventually have an negative effect on you or your family.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  122. Raul Gonzales

    If we continued to get high unemployment, high cost of living and crooked politicians being bought off; all of these things will cause more than riots...eventually it could get worse. Our government should be for the people of the USA' not big business, nor selfish self interest groups.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  123. Perry Ceccarelli

    Jack, I think people from around the world are fed up....think about it 50% of the population pay taxes and the rest don't......we are paying for the losers who don't! We are fed up!!!! I'm 49 and it looks like I will not have any of the social security money I have anted up......it's ridiculous, And what about the government taking 48% of my quarterly bonus....I get penalized for acheiving my company goals, isn't a easy fix a flat tax? Wouldn't that mean everyone pays their share and not more?Then I'm trying to save for retirement with a 401K....but when I 'm old enough to take it out...again the government takes their share .......sometimes you want to ask yourself WHAT'S THE POINT.............I think we are all at our wits end......and we are sick of all politicians in general. Give me my money so I can invest it....if I lose it....it's on me...I don't trust the IRS or our government anymore.

    Fed up in Arizona,

    August 9, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
  124. Joe in Arizona

    Jack,

    So long as there is internet and television this will not happen here. People are too busy Facebooking and Tweeting or watching the T.V. to do any thing other then complain on the internet or T.V. America has become fat and lazy.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  125. Ed in Sacramento, Ca

    As to riots happening in the U.S., actually Jack we have had riots in the past usually they were in very poor ethnic communities. Beyond those same communities or possibly labor movement actions I don't see riots happening.

    What I do hear are people on the left...yes LEFT...wishing for another "Civil War" so the industrial North can silence those pesky "Tea Party" people. In my 62 years of life and reading a a lot of horrific violent history, nothing has scared me more. When "peace-nicks" promote civil war so that they can rule society unhampered by conscience then I must have died and gone down below 😦

    Ed in Sacramento, CA

    August 9, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  126. Al from Orlando

    Jack extension of our revoltionary war

    August 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  127. A Armando

    Yes, and the police should be using gas or stun guns.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  128. Lisa from Denver

    Americans are too lazy and passive to do anything like this.
    Rioting and protesting destroying things–bad. Civil and peaceful
    protests with intelliegent discussions–good.
    Even the Illegals here in the US have protested in an orderly fashion.
    Americans, nah, they cannot be othered by anything this important or they would have protested the Congress, etc., inability to get things done and the lowered credit rating on the US. Nope.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  129. Randy

    I hope so.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  130. Carlsbad

    Hello Jack

    hate to tell you this but they are already starting, (( dysfunctional uneducated drug babies )) that don't have anything else better to do but cause more problems for themselves.

    New Mexico

    August 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  131. Ronda (from Canastota, NY)

    We tend to look at violence in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones, perceiving those people as little more than animals. England is a little closer to home for us, and the same type of violence happening there is perceived by us as shocking and unbelievable. But if people anywhere in the world get fed up enough, they will resort to violence. Yes, that means Americans too. With what's happening to our economy lately and the inability of our government to listen to its people, I'm surprised that more violence hasn't yet happened here. Humans are animals, and no amount of civilization is about to breed that out of us in the foreseeable future.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  132. Nurse Lisa in Shelton CT

    The GOP has declared war against the middle class by refusing to have the rich pony up by giving up their tax breaks (as IF that has created jobs!) I expect that if things don't improve soon it could occur anywhere.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  133. John M

    If our government continues acting like children and the divisive rhetoric continues from the news organizations we will see riots. The youth don't believe in either party- we think theyre corrupt- there is talk of needing to talk the country back. DC ought be VERY careful.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  134. Gbenga

    Yes, US is just next on the list, a sign is a recall of election in Wisconsin, the citizens are just waking up, and trying to be as civilized as possible. If politicians dont wake up, riot will wake them up.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  135. jdog

    they likely will in a decade or two, once the rich have exploited and hoarded all resources and the chasm of rich to poor widens...

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  136. Name*C Daniel Mobley

    Simply, I hope so.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  137. WR Jones

    Welcome to a Clockwork Orange! Mr. Anthony Burgess had it correct many years ago, this is just then beginning.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  138. Emily, Ashland, Oregon

    Jack, you just read my mind...

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  139. Taylor

    If the economy keeps going in the same direction it has been for the past week, then is is a possibility. Our economy isn't even as bad as Britain's and look what's happened. I realize that the rioting is from the shooting of a citizen, but if many people are victimized instead of one, imagine what can happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  140. William Markly O'Neal

    "Austerity measures" sounds like a great way to sum up the Tea Party's agenda. And since they seemingly in control in Washington– the Republicans take their cue from them and the Democrats cave– I think what we're seeing in England is a glimpse of America's future.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  141. John M

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    If our government continues acting like children and the divisive rhetoric continues from the news organizations we will see riots. The youth don't believe in either party- we think theyre corrupt- there is talk of needing to take* the country back. DC ought be VERY careful.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  142. james wise

    it already happened here. it was called Watts. but it might happen again and it will be called Middle Class/ Poor vs Robber Barons.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  143. Moby49 Detroit

    YES!

    Having lived through the Detroit 67 riots, the same underlying problems are present and just awaiting a small provocation.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  144. Vince Carson City, Nevada

    No Jack. Americans are more like the frog in the pot of water on the stove. We will just sit back in complacency until we're cooked. Americans have been brainwashed into believing that they, too, can become a billionaire.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  145. Troy

    I have friends in the UK. In the center of the riots. They haven't seen anyone over 18 years old rioting. They aren't rioting because of the economy or some other political issue. They are rioting because they can.

    I have one friend who said the kids rioting outside his flat are between 10-15 years old. They aren't worried about jobs. They want free stuff and to light stuff on fire. They are a bunch of little hooligans that need to be stopped.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  146. Kevin in CA

    Not sure, but you can definitely feel something "no good" is in the air ... similar to the feeling people were getting in 2007 about the economy.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  147. Beth

    No, because it would require the youth of America to get off the couch and put down their cell phones and video games in order to participate in physical activity. We all know that isn't going to be happening anytime soon.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  148. Roderick

    The debt crisis will have to deal with entitlements, cutting medicaid and social security, which means social unrest will happen in U.S., with increased robbery,theft and violent crimes.

    Roderick
    Las Vegas,NV

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  149. G walker

    NO,
    We are to comfortable in this country for anything like this to happen. We can't seem to look ahead of anything other than what's coming to us in the next second, not years, decades.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  150. Shirley

    It is just a matter of time...congress will not react until their neighborhoods are burning.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  151. emilio urdaneta

    I believe so, unless the radicals at congress stop the political game.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  152. david brownjohn

    Jack,

    Cycle of violence began in Tunisia spreading throughout the Middle East circling back to Greece and Spain and now in civilized Londontown. Underlying is not religious belief or color of skin it is the growing gap between "the haves" and the "have nots". Sound familiar?

    Regards,

    David
    Miami

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  153. Jonathan B.

    I hope so. People in this country need to wake up. Those people over there are fighting for a way of life most Americans can only dream of. The government over there is afraid of its people unlike here. One can only wish this would happen here to get this country back on track.

    Jax, FL

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  154. Ernie

    Do nothing politicans – check
    no middle class creating class struggle – check
    people's lives getting work (both of the employed and unemployed) – check
    people with no national identity – check
    fighting ways thus living beyond our means – check

    Rome, Greece, and every other empire that has fallen has fallen the same way...we may be in store for something that makes England Riots look like rainbows, candy, children laughter, and Disney World rolled into one.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  155. Tom

    I feel the riots are unfortunate as they will affect innocent people and their property, however these acts will not affect the lawmakers into making better decisions and watching out for those who put them inpower. As for if riots happening on our soil, it wouldn't surprise me. Unemployment is high and with the recent credit downgrade, this will cut more construction, banking and other jobs.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  156. Ken in NC

    I hate to have to say yes but the last thing a Tea Party husband says to his wife before going to an event is "Annie Get Your Gun". The problem with that is that if "Annie" shoots, some hot head citizen is going to shoot back. You see, they are already itching. Go figure.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  157. Ken Trout

    Yes Jack, if Obama and this Congress continue down the present path, I can see the American people rise up and I would be one of the ones to do so!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  158. Monika Queen

    No, I don't think so. These riots look uncannily like the Los Angeles riots of 1992 [also resullting from police action] Then, as now in London, an opportunistic criminal element takes sickening advantage of a bad situation. A 7-yr old certainly isn't out of work or personally feeling the financial crisis. But he may well be a juvenile delinquent. This is more a sad commentary on the decline of humankind, but not neccessarily a harbinger of things to come in the U.S.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  159. Josh

    Yes, the youth of America will realize they have been lied to. Go to school ,college and you will get a great job. Lies,Lies, all they get are huge loans and clothes made in CHINA.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  160. Randy

    Not a chance here. We have Obama as our leader. Nothing to worry about – we are all taken care of, so no chance of riots.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  161. bruce

    Sure Jack, we the people are not represented by our "LEADERS" how is it possible not to feel screwed over. The frustration has to go somewhere. ROIT, REVOLT, CIVIL DISOBEDIANCE, is on the way. Our votes really dont mean anything, so whats left.....

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  162. Harlan Hiltner

    Probably wasting my time since I live in Hawaii and since there are already 131 comments I suspect the showing is time delayed here. But here goes anyway.

    The bottom of the pyramid is not only getting tired of holding the top up but also getting more aware of how they are being exploited and abused. If those on the top do not wise up they could find their assets up in flames as well. I do not uphold violence but the anger is building and patience is eroding. That only leads in one direction.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  163. William

    Jack,

    I sure hope so. As a young American facing a crippling debt load for things only the wealthy seem to have benefited from, I am ready to watch our union burn to the ground. Its time for one percent to be afraid, the rest of us waking up and would rather see our country burn than to just hand it over to them and pick up the tab on top of it.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  164. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    If there weren't any riots over Iraq and there certainly don't seem to be over Afghanistan, I seriously doubt that there will be riots about the economy. Unless, of course, you happen to be a member of the Tea Party. They're always a riot!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  165. jim wachowski

    Jack someone...either sinclair lewis or upton sinclair worte a novel entitiled it can't happen here. Look at London and the UK tonight are they bringing down the monarchy...NO...it's the economy stupid. tea party and republican cuts...will americans give up bread and circuses for a real reality show...some how we're to obese to take to the streets

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  166. jack parsons

    London is Economics 101–when unemployment is up–so is crime–draw a grath–it is easy

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  167. Greg of Mechanicsburg, PA

    With all the layoffs in municipal police forces, I sure hope not Jack. It certainly is time for more emphasis on community relations in our minority neighborhoods though. We need to nip police abuses in the bud if for no other reason that they don't cause the same kind of rioting here.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  168. Tom Sebourn

    A working population pays taxes and spends time figuring out what they are going to do over the weekend. That used to be the US.
    As unemployment rises and more and more college graduates enter the non existent work force saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in college loans, it seems more and more likely that this will come to the US.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  169. Gus from Houston

    The riots in London are a sign of things to come just about everywhere where the economic crisis is widening the gap between the upper and lower class.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  170. pete

    violent begets violent, peace begets peace, if they want violence give it to them.
    n.j.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  171. Mark Karlstrom

    If London or even our country had extremely strict laws regarding riots or even the use of guns...people wouldn't do it. Example, if you knew you could get 1 year in jail for looting, being a part of a riot or using a gun in an act of violence....I bet people would think twice about it.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  172. Sam

    I hope not, but with the current mood in this country surrounding our government, if you wish to call it that, it would not surprise me. The Republicans and Tea Partiers, who are aiming at the middle class and seniors, will probably send some into the streets. These wars, and the lack of a spine where Obama is concerned, should be sending us all into the streets. There is a sense of impending doom, and that there is no where to go, no one who is listening. This is America today. So very sad.

    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  173. Rhone Jones

    Jack people are fed up with being made to feel like second class citizens. the poor, and minorities seem to only count whenthe U.S. needs someone to go off and fight/die on foreign soil for some ridiculous reason. U.S. cities could very well startboiling over once again. I hope not.I grew up in the 50's and 60's. The riots then were not pretty. Wake up America! Wake up!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  174. K

    Of course not Jack. This type of thing never happens in the US. Well, maybe just a couple of times. Like when we shook down every AA male in LA to stop a few gang members. Or, when we tried to force our morality laws on gay males in NY. But don't worry; this type of thing only happens when a few small-minded individuals try to solve a large, complex problem with rhetoric and force.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  175. Johnny

    We have had riots in the past where lives were lost and property destroyed. I think it is inevitable with the course our government is on. Somewhere you have to feel you have a voice.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  176. Dustin

    Yes and no. Although this very well may happen here in the US we have and are not as cautious when it comes to using the tools to shut down riots. Unlike in england we are not restricted/afraid to use water cannons, tear gas and rubber bullets. Not to mention the fact a governor can call up the states national guard at any one time.

    So i think these riots could happen here but i dont think they will reach the magnitude or go on as long as the ones in england.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  177. Clara in So Cal

    The Los Angeles Riots.
    It wasn't all that long ago ..
    If we forget history we are doomed to repeat it

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  178. jeff lewis

    Jack, I think it's only a matter of time before we experience what's happening in England, although I hope ours won't be violent. I have been saying the revolution brewing in the U.S. will not be about race, but CLASS as it seems the middle class is on the verge of disappearing. Until the whole population shares the financial burden facing us, there will be no peace. I came up with a new "pledge of allegiance", I question the allegiance to the greed allowed, under the flag of corporate capitalism and to the plutocracy for which it stands, one nation under those who have, divided by class, with liberties stripped away and justice for those that can afford it". Until the burden is shared fairly, we are on OUR way to a class revolution.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  179. Tyler

    unfortunately YES!! If things keep going the way they are in Washington and other countries continue to laugh at our Divided Political Environment. Maybe Dec. 21 2012 "Armageddon" is on the verge of happening. Ask yourself, are our soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq getting trained for close combat for something bigger? Why are we still there? All signs point to Yes, and that's a tough pill to swallow.

    Tyler, WI

    August 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  180. Dan from MD

    You cite income inequity as the root cause for the violence in England?

    Last I checked the wealth gap here in America is much larger....

    So, to answer your question. Yes.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  181. Roberto

    Thanks to our Second Amendment rights, there may be many more business owners and everyday citizens in America who will defend themselves, their families and their property from this type of theft. This inalienable right is unique to our great country!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  182. Linda Evans

    Of course, England's riots are an indication of what will happen here. Why wouldn't it be, with people outraged at our corrupt, greedy, ninny self-centered politicians in Washington...grabbing as much money as they can for themselves, giving no hope to the people they're robbing everyday. No jobs. No representation of the people, for the people. I'm amazing mobs aren't in the streets with pitchforks right now. As Frederick Douglass said at another time in history: people will take it for as long as they can, then they'll take it no more.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  183. Jay in Texas

    Sign of things to come?? We are way ahead of the London Thugs or does the likes of Watts and Detroit etc. not count.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  184. Rita Tamerius

    Absolutely! If the income disparity between the income of the super-rich vs the poor and middleclass keeps soaring it could happen soon. And with the large number of high-powered weapons in American households, the riots could be much more lethal.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  185. Jack

    SO FAR I only here one side using the term "Good Paying Jobs" the other side, when and if they mention it on talk radio, always work Walmart and anti union sentiment into the conversation......SO YES!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  186. Brian Wickremasinghe - Woodland Hills

    We had riots in the past against police brutality. It's unlikely there will be violence due to the economic situation, unless interested parties with hidden agendas make use of the situation to gain political mileage.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  187. Rich McKinney, Texas

    What we know for sure is that attitudes are contagious. Sometimes all it takes is a catalyst and then there is no stopping what occurs afterwards. People caught up in an affray tend to lose sight of what actually caused it in the first place. Anger is power Jack and misdirected anger can become a very violent and ugly thing.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  188. Michael

    Gee I hope so.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  189. Joe Acker

    Riots will arrive here as unemployment rises,the working class continues to bailout the Govt. and corporations,and the working or nonworking poor take to the streets. The only advantage here as compared to England is we can shoot looters,instead of driving up the aluminum bat sales by 6000 percent as quoted on CNN.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  190. anon

    Any American who believes violence and rioting cannot come to America also believe that terrorism never would. Which is to say they are fools

    August 9, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  191. Ironwoman

    Absolutely! The economic crisis is worse for us, the poor of America. But is affecting everyone who lives on there monthly pay to survive. Everything goes up nothing comes down. Wages and cost of living raises, NOPE! Healthcare ridiculous to get unless indigent or well to do... The middle class is shrinking... When the Government is no longer by the people for the people anarchy is sure to come!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  192. Charles Van Scoy

    Conditions for the poor in the U.S. are similar e.g. unemployment, feelings of government inability to act, politicians willing to dismiss the pain of the masses. Rioting on massive scales have taken place in this country within our memory. When this is the last way to draw attention to the situation, why not use it. Let the rich and powerful beware. The time may be upon them.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  193. Dustin - Houston, TX

    Simply put: NO. I lived in England for a couple of years and this is a result of problems that plague British society more than economic problems. First, England has impotent police officers. Second, there have been problems with unemployment related to a growing lower class that feeds off of the social safety nets instead of being victims of the business cycle. Add that to massive immigration from every country in the world and you have yourself a powder keg. It was bound to happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  194. Pattypal

    Let us hope so! Washington needs a BIG wake up call.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  195. The Bear

    Hi Jack,

    I think it's naive to think that our economy and outlook can keep getting worse without any action from our citizens. Be it riots or revolution sooner or later. But somehow, action must be taken. I only hope people use the the voting booth not the type of action like we're seeing across the pond!

    Let's get people besides lawyers to represent us and things MIGHT start to change!

    The Bear in Minneapolis

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  196. Ruth, Peshtigo, Wi.

    Would anybody really be surprised if we did start having riots here? Hasn't it already started in Philadelphia? People are starting to lose patience and hope that things will get better. The rich will be o.k. including our president and members of congress. The rest of us and being thrown under the bus.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  197. Hank Corbett

    I believe London's riots are really a result of the harsh austerity measures that the government has imposed. The peace and tranquility that we enjoy in America is a reflection of our very large middle class. The stability of any country can be measured by the size of its middle class. Severe austerity measures often cause a shrinkage of one's middle class and the result is an increase of civil strife. Yes, Jack, if our government imposes severe austerity measures, I think we can expect problems in our own country.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  198. Jeremiah

    Well Jack.. You ever see what happens when someone stands on an ant hill for a second too long? Just how much can the good people of any country take until they rise up against oppressive powers? No matter what the reason for the uprising, whether it be the death of a father, a police beating caught on tape or poor government policies.. These times are trying the world's patience and we here in the U.S. are just next in line. The way I see it.. a big foot has been standing on this ant hill for far too long.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  199. Mike from Texas

    We all want answers that our leaders aren't providing. Ask the question: Were we to have the same financial situation as London, what can we do now to prevent this type of unrest starting today and not with violent response? Design a different future than the warning brought up in London.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  200. Robert

    It could happen here – remember Rodney King? However, our law enforcement officials may be allowed to use guns, possibly with rubber bullets. Officials in London don't seem to be in any hurry to catch "boyz" with the hoods. Our officials are a bit more forceful.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  201. gigsandagirl

    You're missing a large part of the point. I lived there for 10 years, and though I'm shocked at the scale of what's happening, I'm not surprised to see the type of people that are involved in this. What Americans who've never lived there don't know is that there's a strong underclass of people, especially young people, who simply don't care about anything or anyone, and for them this is a big free for all. If you notice, this is not a racial thing. This is a part of society who regularly attacks pensioners, attacks property, and attacks individuals who are on their way home from the pub. They are taking advantage of the anger that sparked it, and are running with it and creating mayhem. So, though there's huge economic disparity and legitimate grievances to be had, this is not what's happening here. All of my British friends are upset at the austerity measures, etc. But none of them are using any of that as an excuse for this situation. This is Lord of the Flies.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  202. Jay Monson

    The difference here is that we have the right to bear arms. And for the most part, that right has always held the peace in the U.S.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  203. Jay

    This could happen anywhere. It happened here years ago, remember the crap after Rodney King? These people are not protesting anything, they are criminals. Protesters don't kick in store windows to loot, those are called criminals. The initial small group may have been protesting the killing, but that is not the reason 99% of these people are doing what they are doing.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  204. Mark Mulligan Sr

    Chaos, then anarchy, then dictatorship followed by democracy. Is this the cycle repeated throughout history? Capitalism seems to be the best of three back economic models, communism being the worse and socialism in the middle. Capitalism without the right level of regulations to ensure fairness and balance for all people gets out of balance due to greed and periodically collapses under it's own weight. If GDP were 3% and everyone were within 3% of that in terms of prices, wages, profits, loses, etc... like would be good. Since Capitalism does not operate this way, too bad for the poor and middle class when we get to the extreme end of the cycle. C'est la vie, as my grandmother used to say.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  205. Jim Gillett

    Yes, London's problems' are a sign of things to come in U.S., I dread it, but I believe it. When U.S. politicians use class warfare for poltical gain, it lights the fire of this kind of illogical, deplorable action. President Obama came to the people talking of less partisanship, and now preaches class warefare "tax the rich" "corparate jets" "big oil". He demonizes the tea part becasue they want less spending and a balanced budget. If the economy breaks, and I hope it does not, London's problems' will appear in U.S. cities.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  206. Mr Dedmen

    I'm surprised it hasn't come here yet! We have all the reason to riot these days. I'm a resident New Yorker and i'm surprised i haven't seen more of it, especially in a this town given its history. Sad to say i'd like something to happen here! Anything to boot out Bloomberg and this damn yuppies brigade that destroyed the economy and made this city impossible to live in on the opposite spectrum.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  207. Pax Americana

    Jack,
    Of course similar riots are coming to America. Why? Because we have a Debt Man Talking as our President, one who makes an art of enabling the underskilled and underproductive, a President whose sole leadership skills are made up of tired rhetoric and blaming others for his failures. Though it should be hardworking, taxpaying tea partiers who should be taking to the streets, they are too busy to muster the time for a Million Taxpayer March on Washington. Instead it will be these rootless, leaderless and directionless youts (misspelling intended) who will have nothing better to do than spend their late Summer evenings wilding, looting, rioting, etc to make themselves feel empowered. Good night and good luck America. Is it January 20th, 2013 yet? P.A.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  208. Sam

    Yes, the riots are coming.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  209. Wayne - Orlando

    It's very possible we can see riots in the US – conditions are similar here as in England, both economic and political. Remember the riots in the 60's? Remember the Rodney King riots? Yeah, it can happen here.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  210. Corey

    I believe if things don't start changing in our country that it can happen here. We're on a fast track to depression and we have a lame government that can't seem to agree on whats good for our country and it's people and what only benifits big business. I think we're ready for our generations "New Deal" or a new government.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  211. mysterion

    I honestly dont think the citizens of america are too worried about anything else at this point other than going to work raising their family and keeping to themselves. Certain communities are concerned about things that happen with this countries money and how it affects them. But not to the point where they will start fires and ruin someone elses hard work for their place in this country to exist in peace and solitude

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  212. Karl Latham

    Jack , PRECISELY, that's what I have been saying since this started In London. When the critical mass hits here due to the irresponsible actions of our elected representatives, the unconscionable actions of the Koch Bros and their merry band, etc etc. I hope we don't burn our cities but rather head straight to DC to let our elected officials know exactly how we feel about Tea Party "austerity" measures.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  213. Andiamo

    Jack,

    As crazy as it may sound, I hope the violence spreads to America. Capitalism has run its course. It is simply not a sufficient means of helping those who are underrepresented in this world. Greed is rampant and the results of such greed is beginning to work its way to everyone. Great! Tear it up and build it back stronger and more fair to everyone.

    Andiamo,
    Las Vegas

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  214. Phyllis

    Yes it can happen here and we have an armed citizenry. Scary, very scary.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  215. Ken

    It already happens in the US. We have flash mobs appearing in cities where youths gather, beat and steal from some random innocents, and then disperse. Just another sign of poor moral and ethical upbringing by todays parents.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  216. Vince Hugh

    Jack, riots could come to America in two different ways. One is the traditional hoodlums, those out of work, for revenge against the successful. The other way is a nasty rebellion by conservatives who see our country being ripped apart by liberal policies and those that support them. Includes states wanting their power back from the federal gov't as many interpret the Constitution to read.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  217. Daniel T. Disabato

    Riots seem like a very mild response to starvation and despair.
    We should all be aware.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  218. Alton Smith

    I don't think so Jack. Our country has a strong Police force in every major city that is trained in not only public safety but also riot and anti terrorism. Then there is our State National Guard. Although there may be protest and a few that get out of line, they would not be allowed to continue as the ones in London.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  219. Sheady

    Yes, If no one stops the nutjobs from the tea party & the goldman sach's of this country the middle class will riot! They destroyed this country & might have to pay for it.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  220. Kevin Hemp

    Jack,
    I said ever since Egypt, it's going to come here. I didn't think then and I don't think now (maybe being naive) that it will be that horrendous. Having been a former police office in a major metropolitan city, I remember the riots of the '60s.
    Now I'm not so sure. The people are pissed! I asked a professsor in the P.D. academy what causes riots. he said frustration. ...Think anyone is frustrated here in the states?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  221. S.L.

    No. American's are too lazy. In order to start a riot you first need to get off the couch and put down the video game controller.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  222. bruce

    Hey JACK, Have the people search / unrest in america / The government already getting ready for just this.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  223. Sam

    Oddly, Americans see rather complacent where all of these wars are concerned, a president that I voted for who has failed us, the attacks by the Republicans and Tea Partiers directed to the middle class and seniors, the continuation of the wealthy contributing nothing, a government, if you wish to call it that, is in shambles. We are country in downward spiral. We need to hit the streets, peacefully. This is just awful.

    Sam
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  224. David H

    It won't be long before the rich will be isolated in their gated communities,surrounded by the rest of us ravenous wolves,As the gap between rich and poor widens here in the US so does the anger,So make your walls really high in those gated communities,the wolves are getting hungry

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  225. lynnej in nc

    I'm surprised that it hasn't.

    People lost their jobs and then their homes, while greedy bankers that were bailed out are sitting around like there isn't a care in the world and not even trying to return the favor. All they are doing is lobbying Congress with more money to take the rest of what we didn't lose the last time.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  226. Michael Rae

    Jack I dont thnk it would happen in the US and not because folks dont want to. in big cities in america the police would not allow it to happen. I would say this though, with cutbacks in police its possible and sooner rather than later.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  227. Mike M from Pawleys Island SC

    The question should not be "if" but when. There is way too much unemployment, especially among the poor. They have been disenfranchised and have nothing to lose. In South Carolina in order to vote, you must have a drivers license or a state issued ID. Which means those voters must find a way to get to the motor vehicle dept. and then must pay ten dollars for that ID. That is a poll tax in my mind. The only way these people have to get the attention of the govt. is through civil unrest. These riots are right around the corner without an effective jobs program. And That jobs program better come soon!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  228. Jim Lofgren

    What's diffierent today from, for example, the Watts Riots in 1965? Cell phones and Twitter. Say hellot to flash mobs of the wrong kind.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  229. Brian O'Keeffe

    With 1 out of 7 Americans living on federal food stamps now; the unemployment rate, under-employment rate, and discouraged workers rate affecting more than 20 percent of population. You bet it can happen here.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  230. Phillip

    Most definitely. You might recall from your previous blog the following statement "At least one in six people in the United States gets government handouts: unemployment insurance, food stamps, Medicaid, rent subsidies, you name it. And lots of Americans get money from more than one of these programs." And all of these are being considered for cuts to help reduce our governments debt. What do you think is going to happen here and on what scale if those cuts do happen and the tax loopholes for the rich continue unscathed. Our government would do well to take heed from what is being experience in England.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  231. Bob Greenwood

    Throughout North America we may see the same if the opportunity to better one self is not available. Laziness and apathy is one thing but when good people have the desire and willingness to make personal sacrifice to get ahead but can't find any opportunities (that are legal) to allow them to do so then our "system" is broken. The spoiled baby boomer generation (and I'm one of them) made this bed of over spend and get something for nothing; now we better fix it fast and definitively before it is too late for our children. Mom and Dad from the dirty 30's tried to teach us but we knew better....ya right.

    Bob – Abbotsford British Columbia Canada

    August 9, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  232. Susan from Idaho

    Naw, we have the tea party. Give me a good ole riot any day.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  233. NielsG

    Its not if, but when, and what will be the catalyst.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  234. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    If things don't change and soon, yes. We're tired of them giving everything away to other people and countries while the majority of our government panders to lobbyists or groups that are self-centered. Right now it's all about gimme, gimme, gimme instead of working for a living by those who are are here legally. The illegals have stolen 8 million jobs that belong to our unemployed legal immigrants and citizens, as well as go to the ER and we pay for it as Obama admitted. As much as we want to help others, the pass on being here illegally and the free ride is over-go home so we can get our own people and country back on track!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  235. robert

    Yes it is the sign of things to come. Right wing media keeps coming out with new conspiracy theories and scare tactics and their audience is getting more and more violent. Republicans are uncompromising and wants to cut benefits to poor and give tax cuts to uber rich. Its only a matter of time before these groups decide they are not going to take it anymore.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  236. roger from phoenix

    Jack , the question you should have asked is when will people in the U.S. riot over poor economic conditions.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  237. Graham W.

    Yes, unfortunately, the United States could soon be faced with a general outbreak of anger and violence. I truly believe that a majority of the citizens in this country are fed up with extremist politics. When politicians start representing the country and its people rather than their ego, party, and reelection hopes things will calm down and maybe something constructive will get done in DC. Until that happens we will continue to be bombarded by the idiocy of people like Sarah ("You should have listened to me...") Palin.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  238. Tim

    Hell yes! Our political system is so corrupt, our economy so broken, our corporate "leaders" so ready to sell-out US workers, it's bound to boil over. We don't have national unity. We have business and political leaders in it for themselves. How many people have been jailed for the mortgage/banking crash – zero! Where have our manufacturing jobs gone – outside the US. Were to corporations hide their profits to escape taxes – outside the US. The oil industry is in the money-minting business – with subsidies from US taxpayers. My bet is on a US revolution. It's the only way all this institutional and habitual corruption can be put down now. Working "from the inside" will yield no change at all.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  239. Scott

    Jack, the right wing wont be happy until the country is nothing but the have's and the have not's. The problem with that is then the right wing wont understand why the country will start having riots like London. Scott Missouri

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  240. Nadine Stango Las Vegas

    Jack I doubt it . I am a Brit and know that it does not take much for THE HOOLIGANS there to use any excuse to get volatile. All this rioting and looting does not justify anything and they should all be put in jail for a long time .Where are the parents of the 7 year olds who are participating.? Doing the same thing I suppose. Good role models. Thank goodness I live in the good old USA .
    . NO I DO NOT THINK IT WOULD HAPPEN HERE. THE POLICE CARRY GUNS !!!!!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  241. abby

    desperation can lead to desperate acts.... history is replete of accounts of civil unrest that led to revolts due times of great stress - French Revolution 1789, Russian Revolution to name only two; in 1968 in Wash. DC and in1965 in Watts there were riots.... push people too far and people push back and there are people who are more than willing to exploit such a situation for their own purposes....

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  242. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Yes, if the idiots we elected keep acting a bunch of jerks that think they are well above the average citizen. Truth of the matter is that until things change and members of congress stop taking thousands of dollars from lobbyist of large companies. People are sick and tired of seeing the members of congress bellying up to the bar with a lobbyist and enjoying the good life while they have a hard time making ends meet.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  243. Paula Makar

    Yes, it's only a matter of time. As soon as welfare, social security and medicare/medicaid are cut, the poor will rise up and take what they cannot buy. People forget their history! Oh, wait, it's uncool to be an elitist, to have an education and know things that happened in the past. People forget the storming of the Bastille, and Marie Antoinette. "Let them eat cake!" Geez, don't get me started.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  244. Brook

    You think it hasn't happened here already? Where have you been, Jack? You just mean, "when will it happen AGAIN," right?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  245. Tony

    No. Americans missed their opportunity to revolt when millions were losing their jobs and homes. The rich openly confiscated the wealth of every hard-working American and took it for themselves in plain view of the public, and their was almost no reaction at all from the American people.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  246. JEFF DAVIS

    Our politicians should take note, especially the GOP. This is what happens when the rich get richer and the poor get nothing.
    I fear America is becoming like Mexico. In the top ten countries with the most millionaires. The rich live behind high walls and electrified fences with guard dogs and armed security.
    The largest transfer of wealth in history in the US from the middle class to the rich will soon foster more discontent. Too bad those people don't vote, but maybe that is just what the GOP is counting on.
    JEFF
    Yucca Valley

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  247. Norma Susan

    Someone once said we are only about three steps away from anarchy at any given time......I am sure it has a lot to do with the people who have and the people who don't. I hope this is not a sign of things to come in North America but as human beings, like any other species, we are designed to try to survive. I also believe that when people are angry, it is usually for good reason.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  248. Glenn Beck

    Are you kidding me? GLENN BECK has been pridicting the riots in England and Europe for over a year!1 And yes they will be coming here. You're just seeing the big picture?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  249. Michelle, Monroe MI

    If the United States stays on the path we are on, then yes I do believe will see riots! How much longer will we sit and watch the wealthy's lap dogs, our politicians, destroy this country?! Look at the college campuses, how much longer will students take increase after increase in tuition with no increase in pay or financial aide?? The riots will start on college campuses!! The young will take this country back from the corrupt and the wealthy!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  250. Tyler

    Jack-

    Your answer is YES...As we all continue to suffer, the fuse is getting shorter and shorter. If you want to start breaking off pieces of this whick (S.S., Medicaid, Medi-Care) It will happen even sooner. We didn't ask for this, and now it's going to be time for the people to rise up and demand WE BE HEARD!!! Didnt Republicans like John Boehner run on the JOBS JOBS JOBS slogan. Hey Speaker JOHN, where are the *JOBS*JOBS*JOBS*?????

    August 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  251. Dan M

    Jack,

    Who cares..for the most part it is all Property crimes..that's why Business all have insurance. At the end of the day when the riots run their course a insurance nerd with a clip board goes around assessing damage and writing checks and life goes on.

    Dan M
    St Cloud Mn

    August 9, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  252. Hugh from Texas

    As long as the poor are barely able to scrape enough money together to pay their masters while their masters continue to make decisions that peddle away their money. This is more than just a sign of things to come here, it is a sign of what is to come to everywhere where the objective of the masters doesn't match that of their citizens.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  253. Mike

    Citizens here can barely be bothered to get off their butts to vote, and you want to know if they'll riot? Get real. We don't riot over potential corruption in government or law enforcement agencies. We riot when our favorite sports team loses. Priorities, Jack...priorities.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  254. Paula Makar, Wichita, KS

    Yes, it's only a matter of time. As soon as welfare, social security and medicare/medicaid are cut, the poor will rise up and take what they cannot buy. People forget their history! Oh, wait, it's uncool to be an elitist, to have an education and know things that happened in the past. People forget the storming of the Bastille, and Marie Antoinette. "Let them eat cake!" Geez, don't get me started.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  255. Melissa from Denver

    I'm actually quite surprised that it hasn't happened in the US. Should the disenfranchised here take the same action as those in the UK, those in power who created the current economic crisis have no one to blame but themselves. I don't in any way condone the violence, but congress and wall street have created an impossible situation for already desperate people. We are losing are ability to sustain ourselves and our loved ones. Congress and it's wealthy benefactors have essentially stolen our right to a decent life and continue to show that they really don't give a damn.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  256. Terry Brookman

    Yes if jobs do not come back and I doubt they will there will be riots. This super congress is a direct violation to the constitution and will strip people of a vote and will give the President much more power than is prudent or wise. This could be another reason for riots and there many more. People are getting tired of our bought and paid for by corporations government and endless war with no clear mission or objective. I could make a long list of things people are tired of and could/should start riots. I feel totally left out of any say on what this government is doing and will be right in the middle of it and I as many are armed, it could get a lot worse here than England.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  257. Richard

    Yes, one only has to look at our past five decades or so and everything that happened here happened in Europe first. Riots, student unrest,etc.
    I agree things are going to get worse including things here in the US.
    We have our politicians and big coop rations to thank for that. I will sum it
    up in one word "GREED"

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  258. WB Freeman

    The volatile ethnic mix, immaturity of age, widespread lack of education, and severely reduced employment levels combine to fuel a powder keg that was certain to explode. It was just a matter of time. America is not presently cursed with this same combination of factors that lead to the same type of fanatical behavior. But there is no telling what the future might bring if we don't get a grip on America the Beautiful.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  259. Joe Beauchene

    For the past ten years I have felt that the leadership in government and private sector has been poor to non existant. Watching Congress last week is just a recent example of a myriad of examples that has shown its ugly face over the years. And it is just not in the USA, it is rampant world wide. We are now seeing frustrated unemployed young citizens who feel there is no other choice to hit the streets and riot. Beware USA, citizen unrest is not far behind England and Canada is not far behind the USA.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  260. R. L. from Tulsa

    Why would anyone revolt here? Devaluated currency, high unemployment, dissolutioned youth, decaying goverment infastructure, fat immoral corrupt population. Hail Rome!
    Today we're in the same situation the Soviet Union was at the end of thier Afgahn War. Look how great things turned out for them!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  261. bill anderson

    hi jack,

    if the pres and congress don't start doing the job they were elected to do, which is to solve problems, not create them, as witnesstd by the debt ceiling embarasment there very well could be a revolution sooner than they think. any politician that voted for that should be ashamed of theirself and should not be reelected...........

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  262. Alan

    What you're seeing in London is similar to what occurred with the stock market. Both were the result of a lit match on an increasingly untenable position being put on the general public at the hands of politicians. When government is ceded to corporations, corporate interests dictate the terms that the general public must live under. With globalization and the sole profit motive corporations live by, it is inevitable that they will seek out the least expensive means to produce goods and services. This leads to raising the opportunities and growth in countries like China, India, and Brazil, and a commensurate loss of jobs and opportunities in industrialized countries such as the US, England and most of the EU. This problem is exacerbated by fewer educational opportunties in industrialized countries due to increasing costs, since there is no short term profit for corporations to educate individuals. Unless rectified, this should be an ominous sign for the long term viability of our country.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  263. Al

    Jack, no they are not a sign for us; we already have our signs, plenty of them. I think some are waiting for the spark that I hope will never happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  264. BD70 - Webster NY

    I don't think so...Unless a cop shoots a person that gives reason to riot. Taking advantage only needs a little straw to break the camels back. Like someone else said...why would a 7 year old be involved in the riots?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  265. Rich in CO

    Of course it can happen here. There were riots after Rodney King, remember? And he wasn't even killed.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  266. donny west

    Hello Jack!
    Have you seen the huge military movements across the U.S. as of late? Bush's family doctrine of one nation one rule is coming to fruition. Though he didnt quite manage to bring the country completely under -he did a pretty grand job-he lied about the WMD's to start 2 wars for profit
    and the Bush tax cuts have cost us trillions of dollars too.
    All to drive the wedge deeper between the rich and everybody else.
    Sure there will be riots-but they will be ready to quash us down-it is why the GOP refuse to cut military spending-to protect them from us!!!! Vote Democrat for the people!!!!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  267. Corey

    Jack,

    If the rioting in the U.K. is a sign of things to come here in the United States, then I am a firm believer that it won't last half as long as the London riots. U.S. Governors will not hesitate to activate the National Guard in the event local law enforcement loses control of a city. In the U.K. there is a tradition of not sending in the military to restore public order in the homeland. Congress will never wake up and know how a majority of American families feel about paying a majority of the income taxes when we have jobs, when we can't find jobs or can't get extensions on our unemployment benefits we have no choice but to go on welfare and then we're lazy. I don't know any other job in the world where you can get a guaranteed paycheck every year of $170,000 plus reimbursement for expenses and free health care all while not doing the job the PEOPLE sent you there to do. Jack, it looks like we need to redefine the term "Lazy".

    August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  268. Rod

    Yes, there will be riots in this country. We had plenty of these thugs rioting in New Orleans during Katrina. But I won't be using plastic bullets, they will be treated to real lead.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  269. Austin from New Hampshire

    Of course not Jack! What happens in England stays in England.....the crazy politics, the rich getting richer and high unemployment. Oops my mistake, I think we are doomed.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  270. steve / buffalo ny

    jack did you miss the last election , the people who won used the system to riot on the floor of congress and use all means to attack those who disagree with them . we are watching a white collar riot and most of us are in shock .The useful ignorant and the stupid have many of us wondering what did we do wrong by voting for a nice black man to lead this nation ! my heart is burning

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  271. Dan L. from Honolulu

    Not only can it happen here, it has happened here in the past! Riots in the '60s during the Civil Rights Era and as recently as 1992 when the Rodney King verdict came down in LA. And the economy was relatively great back then. Jack, we're sitting on a powder keg ready to explode.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  272. Michael Oliver

    Yes! All the jobless should camp out near the White House until something positive is done to create jobs. Congress should create "CUA" Clean Up America and hire unemployed to pick up litter.
    They would have a job and make America look better at the same time.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  273. GV

    I don't know but I'll be practicing with my shotgun at the range this weekend.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  274. Bill

    Jack

    This has been one of my concerns for quite a while. Median Household Income in the United States was $50,303 in 2008. When people preach that 51% of the individuals don’t pay income taxes, they forget what it must be like to live on $17,000 a year (the income level of the largest number of these individuals).

    As we consider cutting back on government programs we must keep in mind the alternatives. If we want a strong democracy, everyone must feel they are better off by maintaining the status quo. If too many people see no future for themselves, they have nothing to lose by overturning the status quo.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  275. Dr. Chris Grant

    The overt destruction and looting is by local youths, but they are being whipped up by professional rioters (some of whom are foreign students). The "students" are quietly travelling from place to place whipping up trouble. It will happen here, there are probly people planning it in US city ceneters right now. The news is a two edged sword because it is also publicity. Bcak in China the leaders can point at this and say: "that is why we are rapidly getting rich but we are maintaining very tight contol". Democracy is a two-way trust, that the elected leaders will lead with good consience and the electorate will willingly and peacefully follow. It is difficult to imagine that trust more strained than it is today. Just how many years of high unemployment and declining living standards are we expected to put up with while just a few get fat and rudely rich. The situation is truly inflammable, it is just round the next corner.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  276. Chris - Denver

    The only ones mad enough to riot are the tea partiers...and they'd have a tough time running from the po-lice with their corpulent masses wedged into Medicare-funded "rascal" scooters.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Yoti

    I hope it comes to America! I need new things and can't afford them in this fiscal crisis!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  278. joe800

    This wont happen in the US, everyone knows US police are capable of and willing to defend themselves with deadly force. Which isnt a bad thing. Rioting mobs hurt and even kill the innocent. If one is a rioter, they should expect back what they give.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  279. Gerry Nevraumont

    I seems to recall that UK was the first to run down our riot in Vancouver after the olympics.........it lasted one night.........The UK newspapers had no nice words about us. If you think that this is anything more than dispondent youths, think again, some of our rioters were university students and some were training for the 2012 and 2016 olympics. This is not about anything more than fear about the future and so many rules today that the youth cannot understand their future. They have no outlet for their rage........sports are now too expensive to release the pressure........so many ads telling them to drink..........employment is a joke.......

    Get ready USA and don't run down the other countries cause you might be next again (remeber the W.H.O. riots in Seatlle? Kent State come to mind?)

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  280. BL

    No, we're too fat to get our lazy butts off the couch to do any serious mayhem

    Coconut Creek, FL

    August 9, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  281. Richard

    It sure can Jack. If the gap between the rich and poor continues to widen and the US Government continues to cut spending for needed programs for the middle class and poor it could happen. It is called the SNAP. You are starting to see it happen all over the world and it is only a matter of time before it starts in the US. I hope it does not but we have just the right idiots in Government to make it happen right now. You can blame the GOP and Tea Party.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  282. Melissa

    The United States has never been known for sitting back, and the Republicans (who pretty much rule this country unopposed) have been promoting an environment of hatred for many years. Yes, it could happen.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  283. John A in Pennsylvania

    It's only a matter of time before people rise up to protest in the U.S. as they have in the Middle East and now in the U.K. I agree with you Jack that the shooting death of a man is just the excuse for the behavior. The real cause is the economy. To take it one step further, it's the economic system. We've outgrown the system. Technology has replaced jobs that people used to fill. The reason businesses aren't hiring is because the workers aren't needed. We need a new economic system that doesn't cause suffering of the human race. We let this happen to civilization over something that isn't even real and doesn't have real value, money!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  284. Tyler

    You want to stop this.....I got one word for you.

    JOBS

    Just ask Speaker Boehner, he ran on the slogan JOBS JOBS JOBS
    He has the Majority in the House, Speaker Boehner, Where are the Jobs?
    Please help me find a job Speaker Boehner, So lets' not blame President Obama. He ran on Hope and Change, and still stands for that with the American People. Even in dire times, he still wants hope and change for us. But Speaker Boehner wanted Jobs Jobs Jobs, but we have done nothing but just stayed the same.

    Tyler, WI

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  285. Huh?

    Jack.
    Weren't you around in the late 1960s when there were race riots in this country? Prior to labour unions there were horrible riots were people were killed. There were many other instances of riots in this country. Of course they could happen again.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  286. Linda in Maryland

    It will absolutely happen here. The only difference is, our youth doesn't have any manners, not nearly as sophisticated and polite. Our youth will be carrying loaded weapons. Very sad.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  287. Jody Robinson

    Definitely NOT, Jack. Thanks to the NRA, shopkeepers can arm themselves, protect their property, and shoot when they are in fear for their lives. The police in the U.S. would have used rubber bullets and water cannon the first night – none of this meek, polite bobby style policing. These thugs in London are only continuing their behavior because nobody has stopped them. Police in the U.S. would NOT take that crap!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  288. margie from phoenix

    Revolution Jack it's that simple

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  289. Bill - CA

    A number of people seem to think that a massive and brutal police response will keep a lid on the situation here. Two points! 1) the police have given us full prisons and we are still the most violent developed country. 2) nation wide balance the budget initiatives are decimating the police and court rooms of our nation.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  290. Jack

    When a nation has an economy that cannot provide employment to its people and the people face injustice, real or perceived, it creates a very tense environment, where any spark may cause violent disruptions in communities large & small especially when there is a vaccum of leadership. And right now no one is singing kumbaya so what we may have pretty soon is open violence between factions because in America there is a feeling that reminds us of the civil rights era but it affects class versus race. Yes, it is a sign of things to come.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  291. Computerman

    With the unemployment rate at 20% in minority communites & forced government social program cutbacks, the conditions are ripe for civil unrest.

    People of all races need money to survive.

    When minorities see they're community in shambles and white communities prospering, it's a prescription for violence.

    A rich person dosen't need 100 million dollars if it means a working person won't have sufficient food, clothing shelter, and recreation money.

    The rich are breeding discontent with they're greedy economic policies.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  292. Peter Twomey

    These riots are a symptom of the times. The lower and middle classes sense that they are being shafted. Unemployment and under-employment spreads. Cut backs in social services but not in the paychecks of the elite oligarchs make the people furious. They see and read that the upper 1% of the population controls most of the wealth. There is a globalization to this movement. Armed with the tools of the soclal media and inspired by the examples of youth movements in Tunisia and Egypt, the countries, which identify themsleves as Western are now about to find out that what heppend in Tunis and Cairo can happen in London, other cities in the IK and then other cities around the world. Note news coming out of Philadelphia. "Curfew on teens who are now attacking adults in malls. The 2008 Wall St. melt down may some day be noted as the first undeniable sign of the beginning of the end of the old order. Many of these kids in London may be hooligans but their movement has deep roots in the social inequality of the times. Is the Bastille next?

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  293. Brad

    Yes, I am afraid the riots will start here, too.
    It's just a matter of time. The 400 richest
    Americans have more money than the rest of
    the country. Executive salaries have skyrocketed.
    People have had enough. If the debt crisis super
    committee victimizes ordinary people iin any way,
    that might be the last straw.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  294. Natalie

    If the GOP continues their current path of lunacy and alienation of the middle class....I see it coming! No jobs; angry people!

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  295. ArtInChicago

    No Jack, they won't happen here. We are a little more pragmatic. Gas costs too much to waste it on burning buses.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  296. Diego Conde

    Jack, if the US Congress continue in their path I'll be getting my hood Jacket.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  297. Pat Crews

    Perhaps we should riot Jack, then perhaps Congress would get their behinds ba k to Washington and at least give the appearance that they give a damn about working out solutions to this mess. What I noticed was the timely actions of the prime minister in calling Parliament back to London to help resolve the situation. We too are in crisis. I'm a Democrat and I think President Obama should demand Congress get back to the business of the People before we see riots across our nation too.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  298. Texas Jim

    Americans are too fat and lazy to riot.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  299. Richard

    Let us hope this does not happen. But hey, you can always blame the President, right?
    Maybe if you didn't have so many 'special' wealthy folks, it wouldn't be a problem.....you see, then the poor would have some money.

    But as long as you continue to allow thousands of 'Lobbyists' to bribe elected officials....well, what do you think is going to be the result.

    When all you TV show pundits are tossing around ideas to fix the economic situation, how come no one ever suggests banning any and all 'Lobbyists' from the halls of power? Do you think that might help a tad?
    Let's face it....you need to end this 'special interest' nonsense.....last I looked, we're all in this together! (except for the religious right wing – I hear God is on their side!)

    Richard/Canada

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  300. ron

    The divide between haves and have-nots, like in Britain, is increasing every day. When will people in America finally stand up and say enough!!
    It's like they are paralysed... while their pockets are picked clean. Perhaps it's just apathy...again.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  301. Pat Crews

    Perhaps we should riot Jack, then perhaps Congress would get their behinds back to Washington and at least give the appearance that they give a damn about working out solutions to this mess. What I noticed was the timely actions of the prime minister in calling Parliament back to London to help resolve the situation. We too are in crisis. I'm a Democrat and I think President Obama should demand Congress get back to the business of the People before we see riots across our nation too.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  302. Amber

    Honestly, no. We have rights but I it would be almost impossible to get people to come together to actually do something to show the government that what they are doing is wrong. Atomization has been a successful tactic that the government has used to keep people from communicating and discussing today's issues.

    Amber
    San Diego

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  303. Paul in Dallas

    Jack, anything is possible now a days, anything.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  304. Arrow

    Its not a matter of if but when. Keep up the social injustice and the burden of paying for the exploits of the rich upon the backs of the middle class and it will come. Get enough unemployed youth and it will come. I for one have headed for the hills and am hunkerning down. Arrow from Macka,y Idaho.

    Ron Paul and Jesse Ventura for 2012

    August 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  305. Rod N.

    No. American citizens are sheep being led to slaughter.

    August 9, 2011 at 5:35 pm |