|Gotta step in if Kitten is under attack.|
First problem. Those with supply in NOLA are also facing the disaster themselves.
Second problem. No right exists if there is no way to enforce it. Let a man sit on a wealth of food with a multitude of people starving around him and see what happens when his armed protectors (police, army, thugs, whatever) loose their clout. The question of trade becomes academic in the literal sense. Such man will be lucky to escape with his life. Talking about rights will not hold off the hungry mob (and they will be pissed).
Third problem. The context of normal everyday life in a capitalist country and an emergency where an entire city is flooded are completely different. I stated in another post that just staying alive was the most moral thing anyone of those caught in it could do. That moral premise (in such an emergency) even supersedes trade and property.
Fourth problem. Lack of common sense. That is the most valuable commodity of all in an emergency. Gotta repeat it because that is one thing I see almost completely lacking in this discussion. Common sense. That is so much more valuable than any rigid "all-or-nothing" adherence to out of context principles or knee-jerk reactions. Dayaamm!
If anyone thinks Kitten is a bleeding-heart liberal and want to try to slay that particular pussykat for lack of a dragon (and I know most everyone who has read Rand froths at the mouth at least once to trounce a real collectivist or altruist), then you simply do not know her. You also have a humongous problem - me.
But I suggest you first try to understand what she is saying.
More than anything else, she is making a plea for common sense. Once the critical part of the emergency has passed, the context changes.
She is talking about that man with tons of food when the multitude is starving, not about free trade. In this case it is gasoline. You have to be alive before you can trade. That should be obvious to anyone. Kitten is simply disgusted with the man who would trade in lives, not just gasoline.
Of course, you can go the way of Steven and simply say that there is no such thing. The all-or-nothing approach is suitable anywhere and anytime. A phrase like "price gauging" is simply meaningless because it is used predominantly by bleeding hearts and is contrary to this principle or that, regardless of context. Then you never have to think about it anymore either.
Just one question. Everybody goes on and on and on about the rights of those to charge any price they want, regardless of how high and under what circumstances. Well, what do you do if you don't have the money and you will die shortly if you don't get that particular item and it is available? I'm talking about the critical part of an emergency, not any other time. What do you do? Do without? Fuck that.
Oh. I forgot. Context doesn't exist for the all-or-nothing brigade...
Still, I know what I would do. I would exercise common sense. Case by case. Even by event. In that context, that means doing what you can while you can for as many as you can to survive. After the critical part, you can go back to being an asshole if you like with all the morally correct appanage that tickles your fancy. And you are free to rebuild an even better world and still make oodles of money doing it.