Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Private Disaster Response: the Well-Off get Whisked Away

Naomi Klein reports on the rise of private disaster response companies.

I used to worry that the United States was in the grip of extremists who sincerely believed that the Apocalypse was coming and that they and their friends would be airlifted to heavenly safety. I have since reconsidered. The country is indeed in the grip of extremists who are determined to act out the biblical climax--the saving of the chosen and the burning of the masses--but without any divine intervention. Heaven can wait. Thanks to the booming business of privatized disaster services, we're getting the Rapture right here on earth. |Rapture Rescue 911: Disaster Response for the Chosen - Nation|
In some ways it is comforting to me that these incredibly anti-democratic trends were forecast in the science fiction I've been reading since middle school.

Robert Aspirin's Cold Cash War published in 1977 foresaw much of what we're seeing today with the rise of Blackwater. Gibson's Count Zero also deals with this topic well and Morgan's Market Forces is an interesting take on our impending future as well.

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