Note: This article was written because, while I didn’t believe everything the press was reporting, I did believe some of it. And that’s my fault. Turns out (9/28) there were only 5 murders, at the most, in NO during the week of Katrina. And since 4 is the average for the week in NO, that makes it not any different or any worse than any other week. I spank myself for believing the MSM.
Were you, like me, confused by the NO disaster? Were you wondering why they were attacking each other and the rescuers? Here is one possible answer:
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.
Read the whole thing for thoughtful insights.