So as the looting unfolded in England, many talking heads and politicians linked the violence to budget cuts.
They painted a grim picture of a forgotten generation left without hopes or dreams.
Yeah... About that.
It should be no surprise to anyone who's listened to me rant about it this week - it turns out the perps arrested aren't as romantically disenfranchised as the progressive politicians would have wanted.
Well, unless you consider a millionaire's daughter, a hairdresser or lifeguard to be disenfranchised.
They were all looters.
But my favorite one?
An organic chef.
Yeah, using pesticides on vegetables is evil; but trashing a restaurant is fine.
But who knows - maybe the place used additives in their appetizers - and deserved it!
My second favorite looter?
A female ambassador to the Olympics.
But perhaps throwing rocks at cops helps with the shot put.
And so once again reality trumps the media.
There is no romanticism in the wreckage - only petty selfishness and envy, accelerated by opportunity, greed and cowardice.
What a pathetic world we live in, when we can't even look at our criminals without laughing.
And if you disagree with me, you're a racist homophobic yob.