Are you looking for a hobby that screams "extreme"? Is civil war reenactment too much about thread counting, drilling, and maggoty hardtack, and not enough about the glorious violence? Gator wrestling too traumatic (for the alligator)? Training as a blockhead for the Jim Rose Circus Sideshow too much effort? Why not join the London Riot Reenactment Society (link via Need To Know)? This wonderful group attempts to bring London’s vibrant history to life! Major American riots of the last hundred and fifty years have unfortunate political overtones: New York and my beloved Baltimore broke out in waves of anti-Union and anti-black rioting during the Civil War; Tulsa’s black neighborhood of Greenwood was burnt to the ground and dozens were killed as a white mob ran amok; the Watts riots ended a more innocent age, highlighted the schism between white and black America (the LA Times had no black reporters and relied on an advertising salesman for coverage), and brought the reflexive convulsions of the urban underclass to living rooms nationwide in living color. In contrast, reenacting Wat Tyler’s Peasant Revolt of 1381 ("In a dramatic climax which will take place at Smithfield a re-enactor dressed as the 14 year old King Richard II will meet a re-enactor dressed as Wat Tyler, who will then be murdered by a re-enactor dressed as the mayor"), the Spa Fields Riot of 1816 ("Eighty re-enactors dressed as police will attempt to disperse the crowd of re-enactors, and one re-enactor dressed as Joseph Rhodes will be stabbed") and the Fourth Hunger March of 1932 ("Many re-enactors and police will be injured") are for the most part race-issue free, so potential reenactors can take part in them with a clear conscience and enjoy the sort of hearty, educational experience that the LRRS surely intends. The best to reenact, of course, would be the gin riots: expressing one’s contempt for Robert Walpole and love for Mother Gin, putting the fear of God into informers, and making two great political philosophers very proud. None