People are not able to see the forest for the trees. From a functional perspective, the rioting, vandalism and psychopathic behavior of young people that is currently happening throughout Britain is simply another symptom of the transformation and degeneration of British society from the authoritarian to anti-authoritarian around 1960. A primary consequence of the anti-authoritarian social order was the destruction of the authoritarian family. This resulted in another destructive event, the loss of continuity with the past ways of social life that are traditionally passed down from generation to generation, the most important of which are tasks having to do with work and learning skills. This erosion is the reason for the general decline in scholastic achievement at all levels of education and in people’s biological work function. Added to their preexisting sexual frustration, the destruction of these two vital functions in these youngsters resulted in the build-up of enormous quantities of emotional pressure that led to the destructive rioting that is currently taking place across England.
Neither the politics of the Left with its permissive attitudes and entitlement programs nor the politics of the Right with its old-fashioned moralistic attitudes and repressive police tactics are solutions. In reality, they are futile mechanistic and mystical attempts at addressing the symptom of riots. Unfortunately, most people think in terms of the mechanistically oriented politics of the Left and the mystically oriented politics of the Right. One must be able to think from a functional perspective about social events in order to get at the root of what is happening.