The Bleakest Generation?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two young men are detained outside the Currys electrical store in Brixton on August 8, 2011 in London, England. Widespread rioting and looting took place across many parts of London on Monday. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images/Getty)

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone suggested that the Tottenham riot was fueled by citizens unleashing pent-up resentment over the weak economy, high unemployment rate, and historically deep budget cuts that decrease funding for poor communities in the United Kingdom. "This is the first generation since the Great Depression that have doubts about their future," he told the BBC. Those same conditions that led to the unrest in the U.K. may apply to the U.S.

Eugene White, economics professor at Rutgers University, is an economic historian and expert on the Great Depression. He talks about whether America's young people share the same bleak outlook that led to the rioting in the U.K.

Alan Cowell, senior correspondent for The New York Times, gives an update from London, where 16,000 police officers were deployed Tuesday night to keep the peace. Looting and arson continued in other major cities.


Alan Cowell and Eugene White

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [4]

Ed from Larchmont

And I place the blame at the feet of people like Dawkins, who feel obliged to spread the untruth of atheism and agnosticism. This is the result (as well as radicalism).

Aug. 10 2011 08:35 AM

The rioters and looters could care less about the police incident a few days ago and the welfare state promotes a resentful entitlement mentality. This is a widespread infantile acting out fatuously ennobled by some in with a crude leftist veneer. Can we now explore how left-wing blogs and constant class warfare rhetoric are influencing and inciting this fluid and ongoing example of European mass violence or are investigations like that a political a one-way street?

Aug. 10 2011 07:51 AM

England's rioting, and last weekend's street demonstrations in Israel may be only the beginning. As wealth continues to concentrate, and governments worldwide continue to sell out to corporate interests, popular frustration will rise to rage. The core issues are less racial, or religious, than economic. Could it happen here? Watch for it.

Aug. 10 2011 07:01 AM
Ed from Larchmont

At the deepest level England has separated itself from its Judeo-Christian roots and adopted atheism and agnosticism. Youth, left without a framework to live within (leaving aside its truth), without hope, react out of frustration. It's not just economics, I think.

Aug. 10 2011 06:18 AM

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