|Read about Cyclone Larry. "But despite leaving possibly thousands of people homeless there were no reports on Monday of serious injuries, reflecting the preparedness of residents in the storm-prone region."|
Now, Australia is hardly Galt's Gulch, but the society has many elements of individualism that obviously were lacking in New Orleans. For a typical comparison from other times and places, some sociologists constrast the Dominican Republic with Haiti -- they are on the same island, so you cannot argue geography. Arizona and New Mexico are likewise examples of two nearly identical places with disparate economies and one half (Arizona) is markedly more prosperous. The Czechs and the Slovaks today or old Czechoslovakia vs. Hungary when both were Iron Curtain. Of course, as the closet conservative, John Kennedy, commanded, if anyone thinks socialism actually works, "Lass' sie nach Berlin kommen!" So, the bottom line is that as flawed as Oz may be, their elements of individualism allowed them to survive a tropical storm half again as powerful as Katrina.
The liberal mass media and the academic collectivists who empower them would like to blame the Bush Administration for the mess in New Orleans. A more rational analysis would conclude that relying on the federal government to "do something" is never as effective as taking care of yourself -- which the people of Cairns and Innisfail apparently have done.