“Wealth already provides and escape hatch from most disasters – it buys early-warming systems for tsunami-prone regions and stockpiles of Tamiflu for the next outbreak. It buys bottled water, generators, satellite phones, and rent-a-cops. During the Israeli attack on Lebanon in 2006, the U.S. government initially tried to charge American citizens for the cost of their own evacuation, through it was eventually forced to back down. If we continue in this direction, the images of people stranded on New Orleans rooftops will not only have been a glimpse of America’s unresolved past of racial inequality but will also have foreshadowed a collective future of disaster apartheid, in which survival is determined primarily by one’s ability to pay.
“Perhaps part of the reason so many of our elites, both political and corporate, are so sanguine about climate change is that they are confident they will be able to buy their way out of the worst of it. This may also partially explain why so many Bush supporters are Christian-end-timers. It’s not just that they need to believe there is an escape hatch from the world they are creating. It’s that the Rapture is a parable for what they are building down here on Earth – a system that invites destruction and disaster, then swoops in with private helicopters and airlifts them and their friends to divine safety.”
Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein, Harper’s Magazine, Vol. 315, No. 1889, October 2007 (sorry, no link yet, have to wait until it’s online, unless you can’t wait and buy a copy)
It’s that the Rapture is a parable for what they are building down here on Earth – a system that invites destruction and disaster…
So now that we know what these crazies do when they get power, wouldn’t it behoove us not to, y’know, give then any power? Or do what it takes to prevent them from taking it.