Why People Loot

“Looting seems about as psychologically complicated as, ‘Hey, outta my way – I saw it first!’ Yet the sociologists who study crowd behavior say that looting is commonly misunderstood. ‘Looting is not just lawlessness. It’s not that looting is a good thing. But there’s a logic to it. You get a sense, from what people loot and destroy, of which things they think are illegitimate. The things left standing are the parts of society that people feel some solidarity with’.”