You won't find the most troubling "moral breakdown" in London among its youth. It reveals itself in every humiliating police search, every shuttered youth club, every corruption scandal ingrained in a political structure that walls off ordinary people.
As crashing economies and austerity measures slap ever more ferociously at the lives of the vulnerable and disenfranchised, the Western world, with all its hidden poverty and institutional racism, may continue to convulse.
Observers dismiss rioters as roaming bands of delinquents. Or well-organized, tech-savvy flash mobs. They're portrayed alternately as greedy opportunists or disaffected youth. Reflecting the diversity of urban Britain, they are everyone and no one. And they're just kids.
London's fires are cooling into ashes, and with any luck they won't be rekindled. But even though the British economy is still a tinderbox, nothing that's happened has dampened some people's enthusiasm for doing the same thing over here.
Whilst the Democrats and Republicans rail away at each other, and whilst the Mayor of London, Prime Minister, and all manner of others denounce thuggery and yobs, I am struck by troubling parallels that face America and Britain.
This country could still slip into default, leading to the worst possible scenario imaginable -- we have to move back in with England. You think it's embarrassing slinking home after graduating college, try waiting 235 years.
The Rupert Murdoch story holds a lesson for everyone who longs for justice against other seemingly invincible empires: Even when your opponents seem to hold overwhelming power, a change may be just around the corner.
While it was fear of retribution on the front page that kept many British politicians securely under Murdoch's thumb, it was Prime Minister Cameron's decision to invite the influence into the top echelon of British government and in the end he may pay dearly for it.
For all of the pundits who say that Obama is beatable the question is, beatable by whom? Mitt Romney? What has he recently been up to? He has been meeting with the British Prime Minister and other high level British officials.