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I don't know what it is about the UK, but they have a way of blaming social problems on the most unlikely scapegoats. Take unruly youth, for instance. Somehow the consensus has become that the problem is that they wear hoodies.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu May 4th, 2006 at 06:41:44 PM EST
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So what do they have to say about the stylings of Angus Young of ACDC? ;)

Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. -Voltaire
by p------- on Thu May 4th, 2006 at 06:52:40 PM EST
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There's a strange blasted heath of non-think that the Daily Mail and other papers, and apparently also people like Tony Blair, inhabit. It's a surreal place where making someone wear something different prevents crime and makes society a friendlier more caring place.

One of my favourite scenes from Bowling for Columbine is where Michael Moore frames a PR geek for the local military plant in front of a half-finished nuclear missile and asks 'So what is it do you think that makes teens feel violent?'

And the PR geek - all adult concern and thoughtfulness - says 'Um - well - I don't think anyone knows.'

So hoodies - not so much the real problem, perhaps.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri May 5th, 2006 at 06:01:38 AM EST
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"Blasted heath of non-think" - I like it!
by Number 6 on Fri May 5th, 2006 at 12:30:30 PM EST
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