Thatcherism unchained the feral instincts of capitalism (the “animal spirits” of the entrepreneur they coyly named it) and nothing has transpired to curb them since. Slash and burn is now openly the motto of the ruling classes pretty much everywhere. This is the new normal in which we live. This is what the next grand commission of enquiry should address. Everyone, not just the rioters, should be held to account. Feral capitalism should be put on trial for crimes against humanity as well as for crimes against nature. Sadly, this is what these mindless rioters cannot see or demand.
INSUFFICIENTLY DIALECTICAL. The idea of holding capitalism to account is absurd, and the rioters at least understand that much. In any case, capitalism doesn’t need to be “put on trial” (bourgeois justice would obviously let it off), it needs to be destroyed. Harvey has made some great contributions to Marxist theory, but there’s a streak of Proudhonianism in his attempts to paint neoliberal capitalism as somehow a “scam” or “feral,” going back to the analysis of “accumulation by dispossession,” which is useful in the specific context Harvey first introduced it, but taken as an independent and defining feature of neoliberalism, ends up letting the everyday workings of capitalism off the hook.