August 30, 2006

AND THEY WONDER WHY NO ONE TAKES THEM SERIOUSLY ANYMORE:

Pay To Be Saved (NAOMI KLEIN, August 29, 2006, The Nation)

The Red Cross has just announced a new disaster-response partnership with Wal-Mart. When the next hurricane hits, it will be a co-production of Big Aid and Big Box.

This, apparently, is the lesson learned from the government's calamitous response to Hurricane Katrina: Businesses do disaster better.

"It's all going to be private enterprise before it's over," Billy Wagner, emergency management chief for the Florida Keys, currently under hurricane watch for Tropical Storm Ernesto, said in April. "They've got the expertise. They've got the resources."

But before this new consensus goes any further, perhaps it's time to take a look at where the privatization of disaster began, and where it will inevitably lead.

The first step was the government's abdication of its core responsibility to protect the population from disasters.


While the rest of the country gets on with the task of making disaster relief more efficient the Left is waiting for government to change the weather.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2006 5:54 PM
Comments

Well, yea, since the left already thinks Karl Rove is changing the weather.

Posted by: John at August 30, 2006 10:53 PM

"the privatization of disaster"

As opposed to what, exactly? Crime, famine, genocide, abject negligence? Governments (and the UN) do that sort of thing quite regularly around the world.

What a loon.

Posted by: ratbert at August 30, 2006 11:10 PM

Mr. Rove, thanks for downsizing Ernesto. It was much appreciated.

Posted by: erp at August 31, 2006 6:40 AM

If one follows the logical conclusion of privatization one sees a population wondering why we pay big government all these taxes for doing nothing essential.

Posted by: Scott at August 31, 2006 8:30 AM

"If one follows the logical conclusion of privatization one sees a population wondering why we pay big government all these taxes for doing nothing essential."

And this is a bug?

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at August 31, 2006 10:51 AM
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