The View From 1776
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The god that Failed: Follow-Up
The secular welfare state has been a miserable failure in New Orleans in its most fundamental role. The city’s government, for example, still has little control of crime, the single biggest deterrent to rebuilding and repopulating New Orleans. Government officials, state and local, have spent their energies upon cadging vast sums from the Federal government, then maneuvering to buy the maximum votes by controlling disbursement of the loot.
But the human genius of individual citizens has come to the city’s eventual rescue. Repeatedly it has been neighbor churches, supplemented by church missionary worker groups from elsewhere, that have been the constructive forces for rebuilding.
Read The Big Easy Rebuilds, Bottom Up, by Nicole Gelinas on the City Journal website.