Dennis Prager endorses this column by Max Hastings:
They are essentially wild beasts. I use that phrase advisedly, because it seems appropriate to young people bereft of the discipline that might make them employable; of the conscience that distinguishes between right and wrong.
They respond only to instinctive animal impulses — to eat and drink, have sex, seize or destroy the accessible property of others.
Their behaviour on the streets resembled that of the polar bear which attacked a Norwegian tourist camp last week. They were doing what came naturally and, unlike the bear, no one even shot them for it.
A former London police chief spoke a few years ago about the ‘feral children’ on his patch — another way of describing the same reality.
Dennis: As soon as you hear the word “hopeless”, you know you’ve entered the planet of leftism. What hope do they not have? They have hope to have room and board. They’re not living on the street. They’re not starving.
The left’s view is that you can explain everything by economics. My view is that you can explain almost everything by someone’s values. Knowing someone’s values, I can tell you whether or not they will rape and steal.
Which would you think would insure me that these looters would lead a productive life and hurt people less? An active religious life or twice the regular amount of money from the government?