Victor Davis Hanson has a great piece out yesterday, part of which compares “The Efficiency of Complexity Versus the Flexibility of De-centralization.” It is a pretty good comparison of the “self-reliant, highly individualist” American society versus the “high density, central planning, mass transit, demographic uniformity, and a culture of mutual dependence” of Japan, specifically how centralization is dangerous when disasters (natural or man-caused) occur. We have our share of centralization as well, but America is clearly divided 50/50 on this issue. Thank God that our cause is making headway.
I take a lot of risk working in a major urban area that could face any number of disasters, especially when my commute is over 30 miles. I heard an earthquake “expert” has put out that there is a 46% chance of a 9.0 or greater quake hitting the Pacific NW in the next 30yrs. Not only that, but we are in the shadows of a couple beautiful volcanoes.
The main thing that I have learned from Katrina and this earthquake/tsunami in Japan is to go the opposite way of those lining up for government aid. Preparation, of course, is key. You won’t find me making an SOS display and waiting for the helicopter. And I definitely won’t be getting in line at the FEMA camp.