The incorrectly named News at Ten led yesterday with a report of massive police raids around London on Romanian gangs who have been bringing in children as young as 4 to work as beggars and pickpockets.
Many children have been rescued, prompting fears of Dickensian style Fagins controlling children in ways thought not to have been seen since Victorian times. Indeed, News at Ten asked how this was possible in the 21st century?
To which I’d ask, why not? It is the arrogance of every era to think that they are the ultimate in social evolution. And it seems to me it is the arrogance of each era for thinking this that guarantees they will be not much better than the previous.
© Anthony North, January 2008
Must read this - HISTORY OF MAN
Narrated in short, accessible posts, why not take a look at my History of Man? Rather than concentrating on specific events, I attempt to show the 'patterns' of history, thus showing clearly how we got to today.
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