Its only been a year since I was England, but I’m troubled by the violent turn some of the cities have taken in the past week. It started with the death of a man in London at the hands of the police, the circumstances and justification of which have been called into question. It reminds me of the penultimate scene in “V for Vendetta,” where Inspector Finch supposes that the chaos will be set into motion by an act of unnecessary violence. Oddly enough, among the soundbites interspersed throughout his speech, one comments that “rioters were arrested in Brixton,” which has in fact been the location of some of the rioting.
While the current Conservative government in England is certainly little-loved, I don’t think the current strife is because of totalitarian rule. Its not really even related to the shooting of Mark Duggan. Its because my generation is starting to see the the bright future we were promised as children isn’t going to come true. Its because we’ll be the first generation since the Industrial Revolution to have it worse off than our parents. Its because the best outcome is that our children can still have it better than us, but we’ve been brought up too spoiled to care about that. After considering it, I’m not really sure which dystopia I prefer.