Most everyone seems down on the London protests. Look at the very language we use when discussing the London events. Riots. Contrast the discussion of the aggressive political protests occuring in London with the language we use when discussing the massive destruction of British private property, over 200 years ago:
The Boston Tea Party was a direct action by colonists in Boston, a town in the British colony of Massachusetts, against the British government and the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea coming into the colonies. On December 16, 1773, after officials in Boston refused to return three shiploads of taxed tea to Britain, a group of colonists boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor.
The Boston Tea Riot was undertaken by the have-nots against the haves:
As Europeans developed a taste for tea in the 17th century, rival companies were formed to import the product from the East Indies. In England, Parliament gave the East India Company a monopoly on the importation of tea in 1698. When tea became popular in the British colonies, Parliament sought to eliminate foreign competition by passing an act in 1721 that required colonists to import their tea only from Great Britain.
That sounds similar to the concentration of wealth that has occurred in the United States and Britain, countries where there is no such thing as a free market, as governments choose winners and losers through bailouts and pork and entitlement programs.
Were the Boston Tea Rioters nihilists? Were they justified in destroying property?
The Declaration of Independence was an act of treason, and the Constitution was enacted only after the death of Englishmen and the destruction of British property.
Opposing riots is unamerican, and any of you opposing the riots would have sided with the British. Perhaps we should call you the neo-loyalists.
Loyalists were American colonists who remained loyal to the Kingdom of Great Britain (and the British monarchy) during the American Revolutionary War. At the time they were often called Tories, Royalists, or King's Men.
Aggressive political protests are needed in a world where elections no longer have consequences.