I think the problem with the moral vision in Harry Brown is that the writer – Gary Young – has Harry compare the Troubles in Northern Ireland with social unrest on the council estates of England.
Harry states that those fighting in Northern Ireland were fighting for ‘a cause’, whereas the youth hurling petrol bombs at riot police on London’s council estates were doing it for ‘entertainment.’
I don’t believe lower class social unrest is ‘entertainment’ at all, but that this anger comes from deep-seated resentment at the rich, ruling classes and at capitalism. I agree with this statement:
“…self-destructive or antisocial behavior is a response to circumstances and not a moral failing.”
– from this article on the Open Democracy website about capitalism and drug legalization.
CHAVS – The Demonization of The Working Classes by Owen Jones looks like a good read on this subject.