When Community Doesn’t Show Up

Thomas Friedman writes from Singapore about
how Singaporeans view the U.S. response to Katrina.

Thomas Friedman writes from Singapore about how citizens of the island-state view the U.S. response to Katrina. It isn’t pretty. A most insightful comment comes from Janadas Devan, a columnist for the Straits Times, a major daily. He writes, “Today’s conservatives differ in one crucial aspect from yesterdays conservatives: the latter believed in small government, but believed, too, that a country ought to pay for all the government that it needed.

The former believe in no government, and therefore conclude that there is no need for a country to pay for even the government that it does have…[But] it is not only government that doesn’t show up when government is starved of resources and leached of all its meaning. Community doesn’t show up either, sacrifice doesn’t show up, pulling together doesn’t show up, ‘we’re all in the together’ doesn’t show up.”

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