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What would get you Rioting for real?

By johnboy - 17 June 2011 61

You might have been surprised by news that Vancouver had a pretty lively riot yesterday.

A prosperous anglo city with a population well under a million, generally considered nice but a little dull and there they are torching cars.

John Dolan in The Exiled has a good take on the culture of the thing which finishes like this:

So why should I mind if somebody else’s truck contributes a few minutes of black plastic smoke to the empty mirror HQ buildings downtown?

You’ll even see a shot of the black smoke rising from downtown Vancouver in this RT clip and you tell me if it doesn’t make the whole dull wealthy inhuman place look interesting and lively for a few minutes. There are very few cities in the world which would not be briefly enlivened by black smoke rising from the financial district.

Surely if Vancouver can riot we could too here in Canberra?

But what would it take to get you out in the streets setting fire to things and smashing windows?

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What would get you Rioting for real?
Tetranitrate 12:51 pm 17 Jun 11

random said :

move from progressive to regressive income tax

But the income tax system already is kinda regressive: wage income gets hit by far the hardest. Capital gains are taxed at half the rate as wage/salary income, there’s scams like negative gearing, plus the whole god damn super system that was a great idea to begin with, but is now effectively just a way for the wealthy to avoid paying tax on assets by slipping them into a self managed super fund – you can actually get money out of the government through various tricks.

It’s not strictly regressive in that the people who are hit the hardest are educated professionals with high wage/salary incomes, not the ‘working poor’ but it’s certainly the case that the asset-wealthy pay less tax per $ of income than most of those who earn far less.

Classified 12:40 pm 17 Jun 11

Jim Jones said :

random said :

Abolishing Medicare, re-instituting the draft, disenfranchisement, move from progressive to regressive income tax, some kind of Logan’s Run scenario…

Sounds like a Liberal Party policy list.

Sounds like some good ideas for trimming middle class welfare.

Jim Jones 12:14 pm 17 Jun 11

random said :

Abolishing Medicare, re-instituting the draft, disenfranchisement, move from progressive to regressive income tax, some kind of Logan’s Run scenario…

Sounds like a Liberal Party policy list.

KeenGolfer 12:13 pm 17 Jun 11

What a disgrace. Seeing as the footage is very clear and most of them didn’t even bother to hide their faces whilst they were rioting and damaging property there should be quite a few charged.

random 12:08 pm 17 Jun 11

Abolishing Medicare, re-instituting the draft, disenfranchisement, move from progressive to regressive income tax, some kind of Logan’s Run scenario…

Antagonist 11:58 am 17 Jun 11

I don’t normally like to speak for others, but staff yelling out ‘last drinks’ at any inner-city drinking venue from Thursday to Saturday will get the fights started.

DarkLadyWolfMother said :

Someone torching or breaking something I own during a riot would do it.

+10 for me.

Chop71 11:50 am 17 Jun 11

I went to a Canucks game in late 2008 (even bought a jersey). Yeah losing game 7 in Vancouver to Boston would have me pretty pissed off although I would go down the path of love not war.

If Collingwood was to win another premiership then that’s another story

aidan 11:47 am 17 Jun 11

We don’t have to speculate, there was the Summernats Riot (was that late 90s?).

espy 11:41 am 17 Jun 11

The lazy Zed Seselja ever becoming Chief Minister! In fact, any of those awful ACT Libs holding power.

Primal 11:29 am 17 Jun 11

Reptoid overthrow of the ACT Government.

Scratch2k 11:28 am 17 Jun 11

It should be pretty easy to convict the perps, most of them were still wearing their hockey uniforms!

DarkLadyWolfMother 11:09 am 17 Jun 11

Someone torching or breaking something I own during a riot would do it.

p1 11:06 am 17 Jun 11

I’d be pissed off if my team lost to Boston.

magiccar9 10:55 am 17 Jun 11

Another re-election of labor deadheads, being lead by Katy!

Jungle Jim 10:48 am 17 Jun 11

Destruction of other people’s property has never (so far) crossed my mind as a valid outlet of my displeasure with a government or sporting event.

Regardless of the ‘spark that caused the fire’ it’s still just mindless destruction and is, more often than not, completely disrespectful of our fellow man.

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