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Planned to Death

March 6, 2007 by

A strange culture of emergency has taken over this country, and the slightest provocation triggers it. It could be an expected terrorist or just an old-fashioned weather warning. The officials are quick to swing into action, and tell you what to do.

The problem is that these demands are often based on nothing other than government plans that are not in your best interest. It behooves all of us to think carefully about genuine preparedness, which might often involve bucking the system and telling the emergency nazis to mind their own business. FULL ARTICLE


Francisco Torres March 6, 2007 at 9:48 am

This brings us to the final presupposition of emergency management in this country: officials assume that you are their property.

This is the most important consideration, Lew: Officials think we are their personal pets.

I did not know the true accounts of the events that happened that morning in Enterprise, AL – I thought the tornado just appeared out of nowhere, by the way the professional liars (the media) reported the event. If I had not read your account of the facts, Lew, I would have never know the true size of the abomination created by those bureaucrats – those young kids’ blood is indeed in their hands, however you and I and everyone else know those people will never be hold accountable for their crimes. Outrage just does not cover what I and my wife felt.

Manuel Lora March 6, 2007 at 10:02 am

The culture of emergency breeds severe dependence and is sickening. “Roll over, we’ll take care of you!” says the government. Humbug!

Btw, I’ve been enjoying the images that accompany the articles lately.

Bernie March 6, 2007 at 10:18 am

Mr Rockwell’s writing goes up in my estimation each time I read him.

Bill March 6, 2007 at 3:39 pm

The worst part of this is that these are HIGH SCHOOL age kids, NOT BABIES. They can do any of these things:
1. Drive their own car home-Can’t let them do this, only the cool kids have these so diversity happy folks do not want to make the kids wihout them feel bad.
2. Hop a ride with a friend. Can’t do this either, this will really bum out the loser loners left without friends.
3. Parents/Friends/Neighbors-Pick the kids up at school. Possible mass death scenario if more than just kids are in the tornado.
4. WALK!!!! These are high school kids for heavens sake. They were probably wondering why they can’t just walk home. Are we all too fat to walk a couple of miles? Is that worth waiting in a cramped hallway.

M. Seiler March 6, 2007 at 5:15 pm

The problem is that the planners always wants to be the heroes, and they’re willing to gamble citizens’ lives in order to make sure no scenario arises where anarchy seems to save the day. Of course, when the planners screw up, their pawns in the media focus solely on the natural disaster and ignore how the government made the situation worse.

averros March 6, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Did any parent actually have balls to tell the police to get a hike and go collect their kids? Why a lot of them stayed away when there’s a clear and present danger to the lives of their family?

Sheep. I’m feeling very cynical. They didn’t get to propagate their defective little scared genes, and this is how is should be.

peter March 6, 2007 at 7:05 pm

They were letting parents pick up their kids. My sister was in the same hallway where the other students lost their lives. She called my mother on her cell phone and she came and checked her out. I did hear though that they were turning the kids “emergency contacts” away, and the parents had to physically be there to pick up them up. You’re right though, they should have closed the school and let them go.

gene berman March 6, 2007 at 7:20 pm

What people need to understand (and that they’ll probably never hear in any public venue) is that, indeed, they are ultimately responsible for their own welfare–and that, if there’s a role for government plans, government employees, and gov’t.
law enforcement to play, it consists primarily in
“keeping order”–to ensure that, in whatever emergency exists, that the efforts of individuals are merely “managed” just enough to keep them from harming each other and to keep up as reliable flow of information as possible, especially as to alternatives and the pros and cons of each.

Almost hate to say it–but I think Averros is close to the mark.

Joe March 7, 2007 at 9:05 am

Emergency preparedness is so critical for all families. Check out http://www.EmergencyFile.com and download a free trial of the Emergency File Software. It helps you organize and store your critical info in a secure place in case of emergency.

john B. March 10, 2007 at 12:06 am

I love Lew. You know the T-shirt for sale in the Mises store of Rothbard that says ‘Enemy of the State’? They should have one with a picture of Lew that says ‘Pissed Off at the State’. He is right every time, though.

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