03 Nov Ill Winds by Bill Buppert
City folk pride themselves on their lack of self-sufficiency. The urban hipster comfortably lives in a cocoon where everything he wishes to partake in is readily available. The relatively tight confines of large urban enclaves are wedded to a higher standard of living and cost associated that allows a disposable income larger than most such as Los Angeles and New York City. Since most humans tend to be lazy when other provisioning is available they will not bother to put back emergency supplies or increase the size of their food larder. In some cases, the outrageous sums demanded for properties in the cities also restrict the storage potential of apartments’ or townhouses.
Restaurants replace refrigerators and cabs replace private transportation or worse yet, the government transit systems that were recently shut down en masse when Hurricane Sandy threatened the large urban megalopolis in New York-New Jersey axis. Since time immemorial, the urban landscape has been the primary intellectual incubator for large and expansive government and the birthplace of millions of humans for whom dependence is not only reality but creates a sophisticated rationalization of entitlement living at the expense of others as a natural order of society.
The fragility of this arrangement has just been tested by nature and found severely wanting. The government response has been the bureaucratic bungling, over-reaction, and heavy-handedness one has come to expect of the faux Soviet aspirants that pepper the city halls on the Atlantic seaboard. Fuel rationing, clownish ineptitude in emergency preparedness at the highest and lowest levels of officialdom and the automatic fallback to police brutality that always seems to be the final word on government reaction to crisis.
It’s amusing to see the inevitable reports of privatized looting when unaccredited criminals or gangs start to take people’s property and the usual suspects in the journalistic world never make the connection that these looters are simply using a cruder means than the tax policies orchestrated a little more thoroughly by the rulers in the city halls and state houses.
You will also see official resentment toward folks who may have either prepared for the emergency or be correspondingly accused of hoarding. You will certainly see the apparatchiks in New York start to impose short-term prohibitions that will create long-term disincentives to prepare for future emergencies. Why would that be? A readiness mindset that examines future contingencies and pre-emptively prepares for these events is one of them most direct threats to government authority. If you discover that your plans and preparations are superior to the provisioning of the government, you may just start examining every aspect and discover that not only is the government counter-productive but also you simply don’t need them anymore.
It will be amusing to watch all the collectivist pundits trot out their tired shibboleths about global warming, decaying infrastructure, anti-hoarding laws and calls for increased funding of government emergency bureaucracies to further manacle and stymie efforts to better prepare for these natural and man-made events in the future. The government supremacists will use fair and foul weather to constantly mewl and chatter about their nefarious policies to further enslave mankind as they erect new and improved Rube Goldberg contractions to snuff human liberty and advance the cause of serfdom
Hurricane Sandy was not the sole creation of hot air in this instance.