NB I am not saying that I agree with everything they're saying, or that I think any of these people have "the answer", or that this list is an exhaustive collection of everything that's worth reading on the subject; just that these articles are well-written and interesting:
- rosamicula writes as a Tory and a teacher: most of the kids are alright
- Mary Riddell in the Daily Telegraph doesn't take the political stance you'd expect from the DT: London riots: the underclass lashes out
- David Allen Green in the New Statesman writes about lawlessness: Don't Panic: the riots and the rule of law
- Umair Haque in the Harvard Business Review writes about the breaking of the social contract: The Great Splintering
- Anne Applebaum in Slate gives an American perspective: Riots for Rioting's Sake: Why are Britons smashing shops and burning buses?
- @pme200 writes about not calling the looters 'scum': SCUM
- Toby Young in the Daily Telegraph (again!) blames it on moral relativism... How did England's cities become engulfed in a Lord of the Flies nightmare?
- ... while Benji Lanyado blames boredom: An Epidemic of Boredom
- juggzy writes about actually listening to the rioters: 'We're getting our tax back'
Feel free to debate here but a) KEEP IT CIVIL, and b) bear in mind that I probably won't have enough free time (or free hands) to monitor the debate very closely, so please don't take silence as implying anything except being busy with a baby.
ETA: If I'd seen it before posting I would have also included Sunny Hundal's roundup of riots articles: Who's to blame for riots? Play the right-wing bingo!