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Eminent Domain Stuff

New London Update (2/24/06)
Coverage of the Rally at New London's City Hall (w/ pics)

Friday, September 09, 2005


Different Take On The New Orleans Aftermath

Let me start my saying that while I agree with the general premise and conclusions of this piece, I'm not comfortable painting with quite so broad a brush. However, I think Mr. Tracinski's main thrust is accurate (although I'm not sure whether New Orleans is any worse than other large American cities). Here's a bit that pretty well summarizes his point:

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. And they don't use the chaos of a disaster as an opportunity to prey on their fellow men.
I don't particularly expect to see anything from this angle in the media. After all, the elevation of Victimhood to a virtue second only to saint-hood precludes blaming any Victim for their own plight...even if they are partly, or wholly, responsible.


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