|Peter Boettke| NPR report on how the strong bonds of friends, family and good neighbors help rebuild communities after disaster strikes. Emily Chamlee-Wright, whose research on Katrina, is fundamental for anyone hoping to understanding this issue, is quoted in the article.
Steven HorwitzOver at Reason, Jesse Walker has a nice review essay from the May issue of the print magazine on a book that looks at the "extraordinary communities" that emerge in disasters. In particular, the book and Walker go after the largely mythical reports that post-disaster environments are full of chaos and violence as opposed to the reality, which mostly involves the unplanned emergence of new forms of social cooperation.&
As famed short seller David Einhorn says, no matter how bad you think it is, it’s worse. We’ve got proof of his dictum in the form of a new looting scheme, the Disaster Savings Account Act. Since the financiers haven’t yet gotten their hands on Social Security, they are looking for new worlds to plunder. Here’s the blurb from one of its promoters:
strong>An Open Letter to the House and Senate:
Support Measures to Encourage Private Disaster Mitigation
Dear Member of Congress,
In 2006, musician and philanthropist Peter Buffett got the kind of gift most charitable givers can only dream about: approximately $1 billion in Berkshire Hathaway stock from his father, legendary investor and Berkshire CEO Warren Buffett, to be used for philanthropic work. The gift, which was doubled in 2012, now funds the NoVo Foundation, headed by Peter and his wife, Jennifer.
New Orleans residents Sunday marked five years since Hurricane Katrina and the devastating floods that followed with a memorial service in the Lower Ninth Ward, where the storm hit hardest."We lost 1,800 people in the worst manmade disaster ever to hit this country," said New Orleans Mayor, Mitch Landrieu, sheltered from light rain by an umbrella as he addressed a crowd of hundreds."We're still standing, and we're never, ever, ever going to give up. If we can't rebuild the lower nine, then we can't rebuild America."