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Control of civil disorder depends on how stable and cohesive the underlying society is, and how well the government manages expectations. Reconstructing the "Blitz Spirit" in today's conditions might be tough.

A replay of the Committee of Public Safety, or the October Revolution, or Bloody Sunday, or May 1968 would be chaotic, unpredictable, disastrous. And easy to start.

by asdf on Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 at 02:21:16 AM EST
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Again, count me a sceptic. The passivity of the vast majority has been my abiding impression, and expectations of Westminster are at all time lows in any case. Of course some well financed, publicised and orchestrated incidents and campaigns by the usual suspects masquerading as tribunes of the people are to be expected. The usual media frenzy will ensue. I'm not sure it will amount to much in terms of substantive political and societal change. The more likely outcome of the whole Brexit fiasco, however it turns out, is more likely to be stagnation. I just don't see a whole lot positive coming out of it one way or the other.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 at 11:51:28 AM EST
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We "May" find out.  <-- haha

I suspect that at the last minute there will be some grand compromise, but time is getting pretty short.

IF there is a no-deal brexit and IF there is massive economic disruption, then it could turn into a serious social issue. Losing your job and then having your bank collapse and finding limited food at the store and not having your doctor or prescription available and your kids at home from closed schools, all occurring at the same time, would be pretty stressful. And having no football or beer, well...

by asdf on Sat Mar 2nd, 2019 at 02:24:44 PM EST
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And having no football or beer, well...

Never happen, there will be more bread-substitute and (rigged) football than ever, post Brexit.

Those two elements have been the main reason for decades that Brits put up with being misruled for the profit of the JRM's of this world.
Boris' water cannons may not be necessary as long as warm stout and the beautiful game are there to ensure bleary, dreary compliance continues.

More lotteries will subtract fuel from revolutionary fires.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 07:13:23 AM EST
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beat down

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Mar 8th, 2019 at 12:00:29 PM EST
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