CCE Editor
by CCE Editor
Fri Aug 19th 2011 at 12:41pm UTC

The Inchoate Rage Beneath our Global Cities

“London’s riots prompted commentators on the right to blame hooliganism, while those on the left cited frustrations with the UK’s faltering economy and fiscal austerity. But the causes run deeper and are linked fundamentally to the changing structure of the world’s economy. They are problems many of our global cities will soon face.

Globalization has made our great cities incalculably richer but also increasingly divided and unequal. More than youth, ethnicity or even race, London’s riots are about class and the growing divide between the classes. This dynamic is not unique to London but is at work in many of the world’s great capitals. Instead of reducing and flattening economic distinctions, globalisation has made them sharper.”

To read more, check out Richard’s recent column in the Financial Times.

One Response to “The Inchoate Rage Beneath our Global Cities”

  1. R.A. Student Says:

    It’s not just class. It’s the fact that those in the upper classes (or more specifically bankers and politicians) can get away with pillaging our economy or making war to access black gold for personal gain while our lower classes get imprissoned for robbing a local convience store or for selling a little refer for personal gain. In my opinion its more about fairness than class. People can accept unequal standards of living but they cannot accept unequal treatment under the social contract.

    Its no surprise to me that many are reporting that most rioters had criminal records (although I have no idea if thats actually true) because they can most easily see the unfairness in action.