Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Socialism and the Chinese Earthquake (Lew Rockwell)

Lew Rockwell says the Chinese government's socialist central planning is responsible for many of the deaths in the recent earthquake:

When buildings collapse following an earthquake anywhere in the world, the first instinct is to presume Mother Nature is at fault. The second is to wonder why the buildings weren't built to account for the risk of earthquakes. The third step is where people go really wrong. They blame the builders for failing to observe building codes and the government for failing to enforce them.

This is the state of commentary on the hellish situation in Dujiangyan, China, where tens of thousands of people died — including thousands of children in as many as 7,000 schoolrooms.

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