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Katrina Aftermath VIII — Katrina And The Social Order

by @ 11:52 am on August 31, 2005. Filed under Hurricane Katrina

I’ve been struggling to put into words the thoughts running through my head about what has been unfolding in New Orleans over the past two days. While there is alot of good happening and people being rescued, the looting and shooting seems to be worse than its been in past disasters. This didn’t happen in New York after 9/11. It didn’t happen anywhere on the East Coast during the 2003 blackout. Why is it happening in New Orleans now ?

Over at Right Wing Nut House, Rick Moran has an excellent essay that addresses this issue called The Compact of Civil Societies.

What, after all, is civilization? At it?s core, human civilization represents an agreement between people not to kill each other. The only way millions of strangers can live together in relative peace in big cities is by recognizing the unspoken agreement that when walking down the street and approaching someone you don?t know, one refrains from the natural human impulse of fighting for your life. Usually, both parties are in agreement on this singular principal and the hundreds of encounters with strangers we have every day pass unnoticed amid the hustle and bustle of city life.

This is the compact that has been broken in New Orleans.

Remember The Day After ? How about The Stand ? Countless movies and books have been written about what might happen to civil society after a calamitous event such as nuclear war or a global pandemic. If things don’t change quickly in New Orleans, we won’t need to worry about buying a book or renting a movie, we will see it unfold before our very eyes.

Read the whole thing.

H/T: Michelle Malkin

Previous Katrina Posts:

Katrina Aftermath Part VII — Political Consequences ?
Katrina Aftermath Part VI — The Economic Consequences
Katrina Aftermath Part V — Some Good News
Katrina Aftermath Part IV — Anarchy Sets In
Katrina Aftermath Part III — Martial Law Declared ?
Katrina Aftermath Part II
Katrina Aftermath
Katrina And God
Katrina And Oil

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