Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alaskan Expatriate Briton Ivan Moore Discusses The British Riots, Plays The Economic Card But Ignores Character Issues Such As Single-Parent Families

Alaska's second leading pollster, Ivan Moore, is a British expatriate who has sounded off about the riots in the United Kingdom. His British antecedents makes his opinion informed and interesting, even if he presents a somewhat skewed perspective. He published his opinion in the Anchorage Press in a column entitled "The Moore Report: London’s burning".

Moore compares the current outbreak with the April 1981 Brixton riots, noting that in both instances, the U.K. was governed by a Conservative Party majority which had cut spending on social services, education, and housing to get inflation under control. Moore also cites a number of other legitimate issues such as how the rich continue to get richer, both in terms of money and influence, while the poor have gotten their services cut and life made more difficult. He also notes that these trends are replicating themselves in the United States.

Fair enough. But Ivan Moore completely ignores the character issues; namely, the fact that these thugs deliberately and maliciously broke the law. He also ignores the fact that a disproportionate number come from single parent families, most often headed by single mothers who negligently got themselves pregnant out of wedlock and made no effort to marry the fathers and compel them to exercise their paternal responsibilities. Fortunately, there are those in the British media who are willing to explore these character issues.

In the Daily Mail, Melanie Phillips published a column entitled "Britain's liberal intelligentsia has smashed virtually every social value". She contends that "the married two-parent family, educational meritocracy, punishment of criminals, national identity, enforcement of the drugs laws and many more fundamental conventions were all smashed by a liberal intelligentsia hell-bent on a revolutionary transformation of society". She maintains that what has really been fueling all this is not poverty, but moral collapse. Phillips notes that these single parent households produce fatherless boys consumed by an existential rage and desperate emotional need, and who take out the damage done to them by lashing out from infancy at everyone around them; feral children who come from feral households.

Melanie Phillips also decries the disaster of multiculturalism; namely, the doctrine which held that no culture could be considered superior to any other because that was considered to be "racist". That meant children were no longer taught about their nation or its culture. So not only were they left in ignorance of their own society, but any attachment to a shared culture was deliberately shattered. Phillips maintains that instead of forging social bonds, multiculturalism dissolved them, introducing instead a primitive war of all against all, in which the strongest groups would destroy the weak.

Alison Pearson echoes a similar theme in The Telegraph. In an article entitled "Raised to rampage", Pearson also calls out the parents. She cites a report by the Centre for Social Justice which found that the UK excels in the three D’s of family breakdown – divorce, dysfunction and dadlessness. And how many of the 805 violent looters arrested so far come from homes without a father? Pearson cites a 2001 study which found that 85 per cent of Indian families were headed by a married couple while 50-60 per cent of black families were headed by a lone parent, usually the mother (most of the rioters were black). Thus these boys have not likely encountered any male with real authority, in particular, a male teacher who isn’t afraid to show them who’s boss and to give them the discipline, order and hierarchy that, without knowing it, they crave.

Another article in The Guardian presents more of the parents' perspective. One common complaint by some parents that they are fearful about how they chastise their children, and that they need a more explicit right to be parents. In many instances, do-gooders will snitch out parents to social services for disciplining their children, even if they merely hear about it.

The bottom line is that one cannot effectively separate economic issues from character issues. Stable two-parent families and cohesive neighborhoods can endure hard economic times better than the modern-day atomized culture where it is every man for himself. It may also be time to consider the possibility that women who become pregnant out of wedlock should be required to either marry the father, or surrender the child for adoption after it is born. Perhaps it's time to consider a single parent household under those circumstances to be inherently abusive (I do not include "after-the-fact" single parent households which became so as a result of death or divorce).


  1. You speak from a happy well adjusted two parent family man position?

  2. 20 years since you last lived in England - not sure how reading a few newspapers quantifies your comments. Roodee