Social Capital and Disaster Survival

Chuck Ross talks about the necessity of social capital- trust and connection with others- in disaster survival.

We know diversity reduces social capital, as we know from the often-quoted Robert Putnam. Staten Island is a white working-class community, that in times past, would have had many of the social and fraternal organizations the loss of which Putnam decried. A cursory look at the US Census map on the NY Times site shows Staten Island to be heavily white, with some Hispanics and few blacks. On the other hand, Staten Island whites have been as heavily co-opted by what Walter Russell Meade calls the “blue social model” as anyone- they are largely unionized New York City employees. Being generously provided for, they have little need of the institutions that supported their ancestors.

As of right now they are begging their masters to come save them. Mayor Bloomberg back pedaled on his “let them eat cake” move of holding the marathon. Whether they will get the full resources of the New Deal, or blue, state is yet to be seen. My feeling is the plain folk of Staten Island and also of Long Island will be disappointed. These people are blue as blue can be and still be white but even that loyalty may not help.


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7 Responses to Social Capital and Disaster Survival

  1. heil hizzle says:

    My plain feeling is that they will be dependent on FEMA, and once the organization is again exposed as incompetent at best, blame will not be placed on government inefficiency, but will come to rest squarely where it should: on the shoulders of George W. Bush, whose racist weather machine has been in storage since he used it on New Orleans some years ago. Dick Cheney, newly-invigorated by a heart transplant (taken from the body of Trayvon “St Skittles” Martin) probably ordered W. to wreak havoc on NYC. I remember there was a rapper who made a song shortly after Katrina hit, bragging that he was selling more crack because people were flush with disaster relief money.

    On a more serious note, and off-topic, I saw Mitt, Giuliani, McCain, et. al., speaking in West Chester, Ohio last night. Biggest applause were for…wait for it…Marco Rubio. It is to laugh. Or cry.

  2. mindweapon says:

    I remember those types from Boston. They have an uneasy alliance with teh welfare sucknig muds, but every 4 years, the muds and the white unionists get together to agitate and get the Dem vote out.\
    Once the White public servants aren’t getting paid any more, either the muds will be cut off too, or the muds will still be getting EBT. Either way it will play in our favor.

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