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· MassCops Angel
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In my opinion this guy hit the nail right on the head.

An Unnatural Disaster: A Hurricane Exposes the Man-Made Disaster of
the Welfare State
An Objectivist Review

by Robert Tracinski

September 2, 2005

It has taken four long days for state and federal officials to figure
out how to deal with the disaster in New Orleans. I can't blame them,
because it has also taken me four long days to figure out what is
going on there. The reason is that the events there make no sense if
you think that we are confronting a natural disaster.

If this is just a natural disaster, the response for public officials
is obvious: you bring in food, water, and doctors; you send
transportation to evacuate refugees to temporary shelters; you send
engineers to stop the flooding and rebuild the city's infrastructure.
For journalists, natural disasters also have a familiar pattern: the
heroism of ordinary people pulling together to survive; the hard work
and dedication of doctors, nurses, and rescue workers; the steps
being taken to clean up and rebuild.

Public officials did not expect that the first thing they would have
to do is to send thousands of armed troops in armored vehicle, as if
they are suppressing an enemy insurgency. And journalists--myself
included--did not expect that the story would not be about rain,
wind, and flooding, but about rape, murder, and looting.

But this is not a natural disaster. It is a man-made disaster.

The man-made disaster is not an inadequate or incompetent response by
federal relief agencies, and it was not directly caused by Hurricane
Katrina. This is where just about every newspaper and television
channel has gotten the story wrong.

The man-made disaster we are now witnessing in New Orleans did not
happen over the past four days. It happened over the past four
decades. Hurricane Katrina merely exposed it to public view.

The man-made disaster is the welfare state.

For the past few days, I have found the news from New Orleans to be
confusing. People were not behaving as you would expect them to
behave in an emergency--indeed, they were not behaving as they have
behaved in other emergencies. That is what has shocked so many
people: they have been saying that this is not what we expect from
America. In fact, it is not even what we expect from a Third World

When confronted with a disaster, people usually rise to the occasion.
They work together to rescue people in danger, and they spontaneously
organize to keep order and solve problems. This is especially true in
America. We are an enterprising people, used to relying on our own
initiative rather than waiting around for the government to take care
of us. I have seen this a hundred times, in small examples (a small
town whose main traffic light had gone out, causing ordinary citizens
to get out of their cars and serve as impromptu traffic cops,
directing cars through the intersection) and large ones (the
spontaneous response of New Yorkers to September 11).

So what explains the chaos in New Orleans?

To give you an idea of the magnitude of what is going on, here is a
description from a Washington Times story:

"Storm victims are raped and beaten; fights erupt with flying fists,
knives and guns; fires are breaking out; corpses litter the streets;
and police and rescue helicopters are repeatedly fired on.

"The plea from Mayor C. Ray Nagin came even as National Guardsmen
poured in to restore order and stop the looting, carjackings and

"Last night, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said 300 Iraq-hardened
Arkansas National Guard members were inside New Orleans with shoot-to-
kill orders.

"'These troops are...under my orders to restore order in the
streets,' she said. 'They have M-16s, and they are locked and loaded.
These troops know how to shoot and kill and they are more than
willing to do so if necessary and I expect they will.' "

The reference to Iraq is eerie. The photo that accompanies this
article shows National Guard troops, with rifles and armored vests,
riding on an armored vehicle through trash-strewn streets lined by a
rabble of squalid, listless people, one of whom appears to be yelling
at them. It looks exactly like a scene from Sadr City in Baghdad.

What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse
for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape? What causes unruly
mobs to storm the very buses that have arrived to evacuate them,
causing the drivers to drive away, frightened for their lives? What
causes people to attack the doctors trying to treat patients at the
Super Dome?

Why are people responding to natural destruction by causing further
destruction? Why are they attacking the people who are trying to help

My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a
sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage last night on Fox
News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling.
She studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Chicago, which
is located in the South Side of Chicago just blocks away from the
Robert Taylor Homes, one of the largest high-rise public housing
projects in America. "The projects," as they were known, were
infamous for uncontrollable crime and irremediable squalor. (They
have since, mercifully, been demolished.)

What Sherri was getting from last night's television coverage was a
whiff of the sense of life of "the projects." Then the "crawl"--the
informational phrases flashed at the bottom of the screen on most
news channels--gave some vital statistics to confirm this sense: 75%
of the residents of New Orleans had already evacuated before the
hurricane, and of the 300,000 or so who remained, a large number were
from the city's public housing projects. Jack Wakeland then gave me
an additional, crucial fact: early reports from CNN and Fox indicated
that the city had no plan for evacuating all of the prisoners in the
city's jails--so they just let many of them loose. There is no doubt
a significant overlap between these two populations--that is, a large
number of people in the jails used to live in the housing projects,
and vice versa.

There were many decent, innocent people trapped in New Orleans when
the deluge hit--but they were trapped alongside large numbers of
people from two groups: criminals--and wards of the welfare state,
people selected, over decades, for their lack of initiative and self-
induced helplessness. The welfare wards were a mass of sheep--on whom
the incompetent administration of New Orleans unleashed a pack of

All of this is related, incidentally, to the apparent incompetence of
the city government, which failed to plan for a total evacuation of
the city, despite the knowledge that this might be necessary. But in
a city corrupted by the welfare state, the job of city officials is
to ensure the flow of handouts to welfare recipients and patronage to
political supporters--not to ensure a lawful, orderly evacuation in
case of emergency.

No one has really reported this story, as far as I can tell. In fact,
some are already actively distorting it, blaming President Bush, for
example, for failing to personally ensure that the Mayor of New
Orleans had drafted an adequate evacuation plan. The worst example is
an execrable piece from the Toronto Globe and Mail, by a supercilious
Canadian who blames the chaos on American "individualism." But the
truth is precisely the opposite: the chaos was caused by a system
that was the exact opposite of individualism.

What Hurricane Katrina exposed was the psychological consequences of
the welfare state. What we consider "normal" behavior in an emergency
is behavior that is normal for people who have values and take the
responsibility to pursue and protect them. People with values respond
to a disaster by fighting against it and doing whatever it takes to
overcome the difficulties they face. They don't sit around and
complain that the government hasn't taken care of them. They don't
use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow

But what about criminals and welfare parasites? Do they worry about
saving their houses and property? They don't, because they don't own
anything. Do they worry about what is going to happen to their
businesses or how they are going to make a living? They never worried
about those things before. Do they worry about crime and looting? But
living off of stolen wealth is a way of life for them.

The welfare state--and the brutish, uncivilized mentality it sustains
and encourages--is the man-made disaster that explains the moral
ugliness that has swamped New Orleans. And that is the story that no
one is reporting.

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Isn't it sad that television , radio and newspapers wouldn't even consider making this type of story available to us. Like every special interest group in this country these three medias have their own agendas and honesty and truth have no part in it! Our country was formed under the Bill of rights. I also feel that when they wrote them they should have also written a bill of wrongs as well. A bill saying it's wrong paying people not to work, It's wrong taking the words "under God" away from our government and our school children. It's wrong giving criminals more rights than victims.etc. I could go on and on, but as Police Officers, we have all seen first hand how this country seems to be crumbling just a little bit every day, and fewer and fewer people seem to even care any more.Someday that thin blue line just won't be enough anymore. I subscribe to no particular religion, but I honestly believe that if people just tried to live their lives even remotely close to the 10 commandments, what a truly great country this could be!You don't have to be Catholic, or Protestant, Jewish or a member of any specific order. If we governed our lives by what is right and fair we would be so much farther ahead of where we are now.

Sorry, I never intended this to be a sermon, but between what's happened down south and what is happening to our men and women in Iraq, it really gets depressing.

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Paladin - No one teaches morals or respect (although some high schools in America are making respect classes mandatory) anymore...except religion. And people are pulling further and further away from the basic teachings of religion. They may go to church, but they don't listen/pay attention/or care.

Nobody cares anymore about anyone else...but the ones that know values and respect, in some form, are the only ones that are holding this country together...These people are truly few and far between.

Great article Kwflatbed!

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Talk about hitting the nail on the head. Ask not what the government can do for you, but what can you do for the government! ! ! ! ! ! FAT TEDDY TAKE A NOTE ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

Those who rely on the government for anything will always be disappointed in a time of need.

· MassCops Angel
121,617 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
The whole thing in a nutshell is this guy is a reporter and the company that he works for would not print it in thier papers or give it any airtime.
Talk about free press !!!!!

kttref said:
Paladin - No one teaches morals or respect (although some high schools in America are making respect classes mandatory) anymore...except religion. And people are pulling further and further away from the basic teachings of religion. They may go to church, but they don't listen/pay attention/or care.

Nobody cares anymore about anyone else...but the ones that know values and respect, in some form, are the only ones that are holding this country together...These people are truly few and far between.

Great article Kwflatbed!
You hit that nail right on the head. It is depressing.
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