December 16, 2013
The Politics of Disaster
Reactions to the destruction wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, in the Philippines, are in many respects similar to those that followed the deadly wildfires in Arizona, in July 2013, Hurricane Sandy, in October 2012, and Hurricane Katrina, in August 2005.
People have debated the causes of putatively natural disasters for, well, as long as disasters have befallen people. And over at least the past couple centuries, attribution has shifted from divine (in)action to