Hurricane Sandy Meltdown
It's interesting to see how easily society can break down in the wake of a natural disaster. The people who are suffering the effects of hurricane Sandy are experiencing social meltdown firsthand. Many people think that these things only occur in "primitive", third world, or war torn countries. However, we can see that society can break down anywhere, no matter how rich and powerful a country is.
People are becoming frustrated with the lack of response by local, state and national government; lack of aid from the military and from the Red Cross and FEMA. Sure, this is a chaotic situation and things cannot be expected to move smoothly, but one has to question why things are so disorganized. It's interesting how the Pentagon has billions and billions of dollars to spend on soldiers, weapons and logistics for foreign wars, yet they seem to be unable to get generators and food to working class neighborhoods right across the water from New York City. There seems to be enough gas to fill planes, tanks etc. yet somehow the government and military cannot get gas to people who need it.
Why not ask Donald Trump and Wall Street to "give back" to the communities in which they make their billions? Instead we again have aid concerts which ask everyday Americans - a huge number of which cannot find jobs, have no health insurance, or are drowning in student debt - to "give back" to the community. It is strange asking everyone to "give back". The question that comes to mind is what have Americans gotten in the first place from this mythical "community" that they are now asked to give back to?
Maybe the striking NHL players should be asked to go help the "community", as they are currently unemployed anyway, and in the process of asking for even bigger salaries. Or let's ask Hollywood to pay billions for the cleanup to help the "community" where they film so many TV series and movies. Instead we hear and read about how Hollywood is worried about what the storm's impact will be on their profits if they can't film as much as they'd like. Interesting.
We hear how important the NYC Marathon is to the local economy. That's why they say it should go on an why the city is trying to clean up downtown so quickly. Yet we see whole communities that have been reduced to looking for food in dumpsters, living without any electricity, and have not even seen any government or aid organization come to their aid. We see people pulling guns on each other in the 3 mile long lines waiting for gas. Interesting.
On the other hand it would be interesting to see how many people who normally want the government to keep out of everything -from health care to education to business - who are now upset and raging that the government is not coming to help them. Laissez-faire seems to be not so great when something like this storm hits.
Societies can break down over night and anywhere. People understandably become nervous, angry and aggressive. It is not just a symptom of people and counties over there, but everywhere something big like this hits.