Interview with John Nichols
QUESTION 31
INTERVIEWER:

JOHN NICHOLS:

--Sure. I don't think that social uprisings include damaging people's property. I don't think that burning buildings, and certainly it doesn't include stealing. We've had major revolutions in the United States, or a major revolution in the United States, and I don't think it ever took that, that kind of a thing. It was an upheaval, a revolution against a sociopolitical status. It certainly didn't include burning everything that they ran into. It certainly didn't include stealing. It certainly didn't include the unnecessary taking of life. This is where I differ from, from many people. I think that when social problems get to the point where it results in criminality, then it's a criminal matter and not a social matter. It may be a social, there may be a social solution to it, but the act in and of itself is certainly criminal. A thief is a thief, whether it's in a riot or, or on a day-to-day basis.