The importance of families, communities and the dignity of work

Over the past 48 hours it has been infuriating to watch the number of Islington chardonnay socialists appearing on Australian television screens claiming the London riots are based around racism, economic inequality or government budget cuts. To be blunt, it’s just crap.

Not a single interview I have seen has a rioter commenting that their behaviour is anything other than mindless. The peaceful protest that started these events on Sunday night had what these riots lack – respect for communities and individuals.

What has occurred since then has been a classic example of the lack of respect that comes from dispossessed people raised in communities where they have no sense of ownership, obligation or responsibility. It is the long-prophesied by-product of the welfare state, or more appropriately a culture of welfarism particularly when it is inter-generational.

Welfarism creates a culture of entitlement, saps people of their survival skills and discourages responsibility for people’s lives. It also demeans their respect and recognition for the work of others and for the community in which they live. They have no sense of obligation or civic virtue.

I was very happy to see stories of Londoners rallying to reclaim their streets. The values that led these people to do so are what we should emulate. People learn these values in their home, in their communities and through the dignity of work.

People need to feel like they are own and are part of a family and society. People self-regulate based on expectations. If mothers shun their children because their behaviour offends their values it helps shape the behaviour of the children. The same is true of society. These values are taught in the home and their collective recognition comes through community expectations. They are not upper class, middle class or lower class. They are universal for those who understand the importance of family, community and the dignity of work.

In jails the biggest issue prompting violence and other crimes is boredom. Why should we expect it is any different in the general community? People who live their entire lives on welfare, only take without contributing ,and don’t have any sense of ownership to their community or society.

I’m not against all welfare. But I am against inter-generational welfarism. And everything that welfarism encourages has been in full view of Londoners over these past few nights.

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