Salar Mohandesi

is an editor of Viewpoint and a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Prince and the Pauper

Every­one on the left has pointed out that the riots in Lon­don are rooted in capital’s assault on the work­ing class, couched in the ide­o­log­i­cal lan­guage of aus­ter­ity – and that this was the kin­dling sparked by the racist police bru­tal­ity that cul­mi­nated in the mur­der of Mark Dug­gan. But our task – like Marx’s task, when he defended the vio­lent upheaval of the Sile­sian weavers – isn’t to give a moral eval­u­a­tion of the riots, like school­mas­ters dili­gently stack­ing the pros against the cons, but, rather, to grasp their speci­fic char­ac­ter.