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Jan 26, 2005 9:33 am

Liberty, Policy, and Natural Disasters

It occurs to me that my NPR appearance gives me a chance to plug the piece I wrote on those themes for a 2002 Hoover Press volume, edited by Tibor Machan, entitled Liberty and Hard Cases. My essay, Liberty, Policy, and Natural Disasters, is on-line, as is the rest of the volume.

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David Lion Salmanson - 1/31/2005

I type like that all the time. Steinberg's point is saying that shit happens encourages people to build stuff in places where shit is more likely to happen. It's used by people who want the state to pay for their high risk behavior. There is also a fundamental difference between say, building on a floodplain and building on higher ground and having the flood plain enlarge because of increased run-off due to suburban sprawl/bad land and water management practices. Steinberg's book is really sharp, and I think his work will deepen your analysis not necessarily change it.

Aeon J. Skoble - 1/26/2005

Sorry about the typos in my previous reply -- hand not healed yet.

Aeon J. Skoble - 1/26/2005

If Steinberg knows a way to prevent natural disasters, that's pretty cool. My guess is that either I'm not getting your point, or your not getting mine, whihc was just that, meterologically and geologically speaking, s**t happens. It's predicatble that earthquakes will happen more frequently along faultlines then elsewhere, but I'm not aware of a prevention mechanism.

David Lion Salmanson - 1/26/2005

I only hit page two or three when I came across the line, "since they are natural disasters, they cannot be prevented," or something similar. Ted Steinberg in "Act of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disasters" demolished the use of this rhetoric. Worth a look since you will find much to support the rest of your argument..., and much that will challenge it as well.