Hump-Day Link-Around: Flash Mob Edition

Days of Rage graphic via Noisy

In The Australian, Brendan O’Neill says what’s going on in London is Less political rebellion, more mollycoddled mob:

Many older members of the urban communities rocked by violence have been shocked by the level of self-destruction exhibited by the rioters. Some shop owners have got together to defend their property, even beating up rioters who have turned up with iron bars. In one video, a West Indian woman in her 50s braves the rubble-strewn streets to lecture the rioters: “These people worked hard to make their businesses work and then you lot wanna go and burn it up. For what?” On Twitter, the hashtag #riotcleanup is being used by community members to co-ordinate some post-riot street-cleaning, to make amends for what one elderly Tottenham resident described as “the stupid behaviour of the young”.

But it is more than childish destructiveness motivating the rioters. These are youngsters who are uniquely alienated from the communities in which they grew up. Nurtured in large part by the welfare state, financially, physically and educationally, socialised more by the agents of welfarism than by their own neighbours or local representatives, these youth have little moral or emotional attachment to their communities. Their rioting reveals not that Britain is in a time warp in 1981 or 1985 with politically motivated riots against the police, but that the tentacle-like spread of the welfare state into every area of people’s lives has utterly zapped old social bonds, the relationship of sharing and solidarity that once existed in working-class communities. These riots suggest that the welfare state is giving rise to a generation happy to shit on its own doorstep.

The Anchoress asks Will the UK Riots Come to USA?

In various internet political and religious forums, I have seen the suggestion being made — leaking in from the fringes, mostly — that the odd rise of “flash mobs” over this summer — those events that began with perhaps a dozen young people swarming a convenience store or fast-food place, creating havoc and then quickly dispersing, and have since grown in scope to involve larger-scale random acts of chaos and violence at public gatherings, and prompted city mayors to close beaches and enforce curfews — are not meaningless or coincidental, but rather are “training exercises” or “dry runs” for larger scenarios; they are, according to some, “research” meant to discover what can be accomplished quickly, how mobs are responded to, the efficacy of law enforcement and, finally, at what point a flash event can, by sheer numbers and the element of surprise, subdue and repress resistance, or warrant the deployment of National Guards.

Ask “to what purpose,” and the answer you get runs along the lines of “when the cities are in chaos in 2012, Obama will declare a national emergency, install martial law and suspend elections.”

Noisy reports: ‘U.S. Day of Rage’ Being Orchestrated for ‘Worldwide Democracy’ (think pseudoanarchist, neo-Marxist, globalist):

A “U.S. Day of Rage” is scheduled to start an “Occupy Wall Street” camp-out on “17/9/2011″ (which would denote orchestration by those who use the British means of writing dates). And as with the “Arab Spring,” much of the organizing is being done through social media, especially super-popular Facebook and Twitter.

Immediately upon clicking links, one finds it to be the America-targeting element of a worldwide movement, especially popular by the looks of it, in Old Europe. Again, that is no surprise to those who have looked into the updated mode of Marxist revolution stemming from the Gramsci and Trotsky schools and historically, even the days before Marx and Engels. Revolutionary proponents likes to hide behind the non-American ideal of democracy (as in permanent rule of the proletariat majority, forget about a republic) along with nebulous and mysterious anarchistic labelling.


The term “Day(s) of Rage” is the product of Chicago’s Weathermen, led by Obama workmate Bill Ayers and cohabitants.

This Day of Rage speaks of non-violence, yet plays up the violent terrorism of the current rioting proceeding in Great Britain.

This entry in will be updated, so we may bring you the news immediately and fill it out as we go.

Robyn from Berkeley relates a story about a liberal friend from an affluent neighborhood in NJ, whose son is viciously attacked by a black mob, and notes how left-wing hate has been spreading like a virus all across the nation  since the election of the Radical in Chief, Barack Obama:

The radicals want to promote anarchy.  But it’s more than this: they want the hate that blackens their souls to warp others as well.

My dear friend, Gail, was in tears, shell-shocked, incredulous.  She kept repeating over and over again, “How could this happen?  How could this happen?”  She struggled to find the words for such barbarism; she had not a clue of how it could invade her insular world.

I spoke to Gail tenderly, as though I were calming down a frightened child stirring from a deep sleep.

“I’m so sorry, sweetie.  This is horrible.  Justin didn’t deserve to be treated this way, and his friends didn’t need to see such brutality.

“But, Gail, it’s not just happening in your small town, but it’s happening all over the country, and it’s getting worse every day.  There have been random mob violence against white people in Iowa, Chicago, Atlanta,  in Wisconsin, where dozens of white people were beaten up, even pulled out of their own cars.”

“But why?” Gail asked me plaintively.  “Why is this happening now?”

“It’s Obama,” I explained.  “It’s what I told you a few years ago.  This is what happens when you put someone in power like Obama.  Something spreads, like a virus.  It’s subtle; it’s almost invisible.  But it poisons one person, and then another and another, until soon the whole country is corrupted.

“It’s a sickness called hatred, Gail.  Most black people are good, law-abiding, moral people.  Obama comes from a far-left fringe group of militants who hate America and want to drag us down.  Those same people have degraded and exploited poor black kids for years.  These radicals use them as their foot soldiers.  Obama would never get his own hands dirty.

“I know these militants, Gail; I live among them.  They hate America; they want to devolve us back into some primitive brute state.  This is why things are getting worse and worse in this country: the economy, the Middle East, and hate crimes against whites.”

After I finished, Gail was quiet for several seconds.  Then she said, sounding heartbroken,  “But he made so many promises.  He seemed so nice.

While Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama have been AWOL in the wake of black mob violence in the United States, at least one black leader is passionately condemning the violence,and chastising th  “violent hooligans” attacking innocent people.

We need more black leaders like the Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia.

Hat tip: Brian B.



11 thoughts on “Hump-Day Link-Around: Flash Mob Edition

  1. “… socialised more by the agents of welfarism …”

    And by their fellow yobs in the gangs. They’re also called “hoodies” over there.

    It could be that they’re taking their call from the anti-tyrant mobs that spread through the Middle East. Unfortunately, their cause isn’t quite the same.

    Cities here have gone through riots before – Los Angeles is the one I remember (being near here). These things are best handled before they get out of hand, Unfortunately, we’re about 10 years past that. If you’re a small-store owner in a big city like Detroit – God help you.

    Police departments need to start planning now. Call for fire hoses, water cannons, get some of the military’s “non-lethal weapons”.

    Or hand over the keys to the city.


  2. It will depend on if there are anarchist groups in the US and if there are protests for them to use as an excuse to start them. Remember these riots, like the tuition riots in April have nothing to do with the protests at hand. The protests in London are largely peaceful. The anarchist groups use them as an excuse to fall in together and wreak havoc.


  3. Los Angeles is ripe for another major riot. Any excuse to start the looting and arson. Our local media and the national media hasn’t reported a single story about flash mobs and specifically black on white attacks, absolutly NOTHING. Nothing negative about Obama, nothing negative about progressives, nothing negative about the growing violence with blacks attacking whites across our country. Does anyone else feel uneasy about this?


  4. Not really, flash mobs are rarely political. They are usually just excuses for people to get together and do something rather entertaining. Now, this flash mob on Wall Street does worry me because it is crossing the line into politics and there is an opportunity for anarchists to get in and turn a peaceful meeting into something violent and damaging, just as we have seen in London. Then again, I reckon it isn’t really a flash mob since everyone knows about it now. Last I checked, Flash Mobs were supposed to be a surprise.


  5. Not really, flash mobs are rarely political.They are usually just excuses for people to get together and do something rather entertaining.

    You obviously haven’t been keeping up with the flash mob violence and crime that’s been occurring in the US of late.


  6. Thanks for posting that video including parts of Mayor Nutter’s um…sermon.
    That was excellent !
    I’d love to watch his entire message.
    I wonder if the whole thing is on youtube ?


  7. See, Geoff, I think flash mob is the wrong term for this. I think the media picked the wrong term. Calling a violent mob that forms out of nowhere a flash mob takes away from the ore interesting flash mobs that are non-violent. What we have here a Violent Demonstrations. I feel like the term is misleading in this type of situation. Back in England, we just called it anarchy.


  8. Calling a violent mob that forms out of nowhere a flash mob takes away from the ore interesting flash mobs that are non-violent.

    Well, they’re organized using the same tools as a flash mob, and they materialize the same way a flash mob does. Perhaps it’s the fact that I don’t find flash mobs interesting or funny that makes me less inclined to struggle to find a new term for them.


  9. How ’bout thugs? Or criminals? Just a couple of things that come immediately to mind.

    Personally, my opinion is that “flash mobs” were misnamed to begin with, but the name stuck. As generally understood, they are neither “flash” nor “mob,” but as is always the case with language today, that matters little.

    The violent, criminal mobs, on the other hand, should have another moniker, too: easy targets for plastic bullets, bean bags and water cannons.

    Those would take care of the problem fairly quickly.


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