Josh Sigurdson talks with author and economic analyst John Sneisen about the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and how it has affected the people of Texas.
The vast majority of flood victims did not have insurance and are facing homelessness and poverty because of it. John goes into why this is and what people can do to protect themselves.
This tragedy has taught us a lesson in self sustainability from more than one angle. One is that the government monopolized insurance companies do not compete properly on the free market and why people need to be financially responsible and prepared. The second lesson in self sustainability is the incredible support individuals have gotten from other individuals throughout the recent days as people drop everything to help each other.
The individual is far more efficient than the state and a great example is the number of people taking out boats in Houston and rescuing families from the flood as the waters continue to rise in many areas. There are also countless people throughout Texas and the rest of the United States, not to mention outside of the US sending supplies, food, water, blankets and other necessities in this sad time.
One great group of people working to help the people of Houston and surrounding areas is the ‘Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief’ which is collecting donations to help those struggling and in need.
While the Red Cross takes much of the donations for themselves, LCDR is putting the money where it’s needed.
Another great individual is Kory Watkins, a man running for governor of Texas who has put everything aside to help the people of Houston. Without expecting donations he went out and started filling up a cart full of necessities for Houston only to get an outpouring of support from people over Facebook via PayPal and Bitcoin. Before he knew it, he’d filled 5 carts of items to send to disaster relief.
While people all too often attack libertarians as if they don’t care about other people, this truly goes to show the amount of care libertarians have as INDIVIDUALS willing to help their neighbor in terrifying times.
Harvey was catastrophic and the floods that followed continue to destroy people’s homes and uproot their lives. We ask that you help in any way you can. Let’s show how powerful we as individuals are when we care about others and work together to better a terrible situation.
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