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Sunday, March 23, 2008 - Las Vegas NV

Sycamore, Clear Creek Campground, Clear Creek AZ, March 14, 2008
Sycamore, Clear Creek Campground, Clear Creek AZ, March 14, 2008

I'm camped tonight at Sam's Town RV Park on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas, NV for a few days.

Night camp

Site ? - Sam's Town Casino RV Park, Las Vegas NV

Disaster and the Failure of Authority

Disasters are almost by definition about the failure of authority, in part because the powers that be are supposed to protect us from them, in part also because the thousand dispersed needs of a disaster overwhelm even the best governments, and because the government version of governing often arrives at the point of a gun. But the authorities don't usually fail so spectacularly. Failure at this level requires sustained effort. The deepening of the divide between the haves and have nots, the stripping away of social services, the defunding of the infrastructure, mean that this disaster—not of weather but of policy—has been more or less what was intended to happen, if not so starkly in plain sight.

The Uses of Disaster Rebecca Solnit, Harpers.org, September 9, 2005

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