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Anarchy reveals how we've lost moral restraints

One of the scariest things about the riots in England is that there is a significant proportion of people who only stopped because they thought they would be caught.

The notion that it's wrong to act out of belligerent self-interest has been lost for many rioters, as well as bankers, politicians and tabloid journalists.

If this trend continues unabated, we will require either a massive, powerful, all-seeing police force, or descend into more regular states of anarchy.

But what has collapsed is not our culture, it is the moral restraints that once bound us.

CRAIG BEATON

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