by Shane Smith, The Daily Bell:
Much of the commentary on the rioting and torching of Baltimore resides within the predictable Red-versus-Blue dichotomy: Republicans blame the Welfare State, fatherless teenagers, a lack of self-responsibility. They dismiss the rioters as thugs and imply that whatever the cops dish out, the perps deserved anyway. Democrats blame police brutality, inequality, lack of opportunity and the general hopelessness within the black community, while ignoring the source of this social decay.
While both sides seem to probe around the central problem, they don’t appear to understand the implications of their own arguments, or what it would take to ensure that other American cities don’t suffer the same fate. To face these implications, both sides of the debate would have to relinquish hold of their most sacred cows, and come to terms with the fact that government intervention, either in the form of the Drug War or of the Welfare State, will always result in the tragic poverty and hopelessness on display in Baltimore.
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