Why Don’t American Cities Burn?

February 23, 2012 in Daily Bulletin

At a time when the Greeks, the British, and even the Chinese are seeing a surge in riots why have the American people remained so docile? One historian argues that there are several reasons for this:

  • Groups that previously felt as if they had no voice in society and government, now feel that they do, and express their views through formal, established channels.
  • There has been a greater integration of minorities into society.
  • A consumer culture has made people indifferent to wider causes.
  • Authorities have increased powers, such as surveillance capabilities and that dissuades Americans from rising up in protest.

To read about how this all ties into the Occupy movement, the last widespread incidence of American riots, and whether or not this is a good thing click here.

Source: The Atlantic

Via: Marginal Revolution