New Orleans [updated]

Let’s enjoy a few compassionate thoughts from the right-wing libertarians. First, Becky Akers, columnist for Lew Rockwell of the Center for Libertarian Studies:

The day after the hurricane, Louisiana’s Governor Kathleen Blanco ordered New Orleans evacuated—again. Yep, folks facing a flood several fathoms deep without electricity, potable water, or food are too stupid to leave on their own. Good thing the Nanny Kate tells them what to do. […]

Nanny’s sending buses, boats and helicopters after all the silly little citizens who didn’t know enough to come in out of the rain. Whatever happened to bunking in with friends and families? I’ve experienced several hurricanes; on hearing that an especially dangerous one was heading my way, my first thought would be: “Time to visit Dad.”

Oh yes, those silly poor people. Why didn’t they just hop in the SUV and spend the weekend with daddy in the Hamptons?

General Ralph Lupin of the National Guard whined, “We’re doing everything we can to keep these people comfortable. We’re doing our best. It’s not getting any better, but we’re trying not to let it get any worse.” Alas, running hotels and restaurants isn’t easy, though entrepreneurs make it look that way every day. Their skills provide clean beds and rooms, private baths, delicious meals ? all the miracles that Leviathan desperately longs to reproduce. And can’t. Nor ever will.

Yes, those silly poor people. They should have just checked in to one of New Orleans’ many fine hotels, all of which are still open through the miracle of private enterprise.

Over to Justin Darr at Alan Keyes’ RenewAmerica site:

The reality is that the poor residents of the New Orleans could have evacuated the flood zone on a public bus before the hurricane for about the cost of a bottle of water. The total disabled population of New Orleans who might not have been able to evacuate is estimated at around 55,000 residents. So, the question must be asked why up to half a million people did not evacuate the city. The sad answer is that many of these residents remained because they where waiting for the government to aid them.

Check out NASA’s before and after photos and note the scale of the destruction. The flooded areas are a good 40-50km across. I guess that seems plausibly like a $2 bus ride if you’re a wealthy white libertarian who’s never ridden the bus in his damn life.

In a culture where all the comforts of life have been provided to people as entitlements, their sudden absence has unleashed a violent backlash against the society these people feel has let them down. In other words, if some people do not get what they feel they are entitled to get, then something unfair must have happened, so now they have the right to go out and take it.

Yes, damn those looters for not obeying the god-given laws of the free market. Don’t they know that price gouging is good and that nobody deserves food or shelter unless they can pay for it at the prevailing rate?

Meanwhile at the Mises Institute, no theory is too crackpot for institute president Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr:

After evacuations, the looting began and created a despicable sight of criminal gangs stealing everything in sight as the police looked on (when they weren’t joining in). Now, this scene offers its own lessons. Why doesn’t looting and rampant criminality occur every day? The police are always there and so are the hoodlums and the criminals. What was missing that made the looting rampage possible was the bourgeoisie, that had either left by choice or had been kicked out. It is they who keep the peace. And had any stayed around to protect their property, we don’t even have to speculate what the police would have done: Arrest them!

Yes, when the wealthy white people lived in the city, everything was good. After they left, there was rioting and disorder. Therefore post hoc ergo propter hoc it’s the wealthy white people who actually preserve law and order in society, not the police. OK, there was that weather thing, but no, that couldn’t be anything to do with it, could it?

Over at The “Intellectual” Activist, Robert Tracinski spews out the familiar “blame the victims and rescuers” spin:

My wife, Sherri, figured it out first, and she figured it out on a sense-of-life level. While watching the coverage one night on Fox News Channel, she told me that she was getting a familiar feeling.

Oh, what a surprise, they get their information from FOX News.

What explains bands of thugs using a natural disaster as an excuse for an orgy of looting, armed robbery, and rape?


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 wolves.

Yes, anyone who has to fall back on welfare is a vicious wolf just waiting for the chance to descend into raping and pillaging.

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.

So, what explains the moral ugliness of all these right-wing libertarians?