Saturday, December 17, 2005

The Storm Over Katrina

" Anyone who has ever lived in New Orleans recognizes the state of mind that prevailed before Katrina. That something like this could happen, and probably would happen, was utterly common knowledge. Equally known was that local officials were too corrupt and incompetent to manage a catastrophe. But a combination of fatalism and denial, and a good stiff drink, always served to banish the reality principle."

A very insightful piece by former Tulane professor Wilfred M. McClay.