TIM CAVANAUGH: How The L.A. Riots Changed Nothing. “The failure of community activism is on vivid display throughout South L.A., where neighborhoods thrive in almost exactly inverse proportion to the attention they get from activists. . . . If the riots have a lesson, it’s that people respond poorly to civil disorder and well to the rule of law. This is a simple lesson that got buried under 20 years of socialist hoodoo and activist baloney. But it’s never too late for a fresh start.”