Avoiding Social Disintegration | The Jackal

10 Aug 2011

Avoiding Social Disintegration

There seems to be a huge divide between what the right and left commentators are saying is the cause of the recent riots in England. What I think we can all agree on though is that it would be preferable that such events did not occur.

The disintegration of a society is not something that should be celebrated, and cool heads must prevail if similar situations are to be avoided.

Extreme measures by those displaying their anger and the provocation that has led to such violence are specific cases that require individual attention. However when the reaction is so widely spread, we must turn our attention to a larger context, and one that incorporates all the various social dynamics presently in play. Without that broader understanding, a solution will not be forthcoming.

In the interest of finding a solution, I’m going to refrain from making associations with any pros and cons of particular political systems. There’s a proper way to do things that transcends any capitalism versus socialism debate. Nor am I going to write about a gut reaction to try and gain readership through controversy, as these things are equally unhelpful.
1.    Ensure people have a vested interest in their communities. This can be achieved by creating employment and social programs. A young person is less likely to burn down their place of work or somewhere they frequent.

2.    Increase the wealth of young people by ensuring there is a robust system to reduce impoverishment. People are less likely to loot if they have money to purchase things they are convinced by advertising they need.

3.    Build stronger communities through home and business ownership. A person is less likely to riot in an area they have a financial investment in. Their children also have an incentive to protect what belongs to their families.

4.    Ensure that public opinion of police is positive with a more community based and human policing approach. People are less likely to react negatively if resentment doesn't exist in the first place.

5.    Reduce the levels of acceptance for discrimination in all its forms. Such measures do not reduce freedom of speech, as bigotry has nothing to do with freedom.

6.    Build stronger families through a reduction of negative stimuli. Family violence is not acceptable, whether it’s emotional or physical abuse.

7.    Reduce the social harm of alcohol and drugs with better rehabilitation and treatment programs. Decriminalisation and public awareness campaigns will ensure more people come forward to receive help.

8.    Increase education by reducing financial barriers that inhibit training. An educated person is far more likely to campaign for change peacefully instead of reacting violently to those policies that negatively impact on them.

9.    Design policy so that people do not fall through the cracks. Humans work best when everybody is included in society. Workers do not work harder because a percentage of the community is rejected.

10.    Develop infrastructure that encourages people to become incorporated into society that does not have the hindrance of financial restriction. Sports and recreational activities are highly beneficial and not particularly expensive.