Do Natural Distasters Really Exist?

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Let me begin by saying that by no means do I necessarily agree with the points in the article I’m about to discuss. I feel that it has a multitude of points that bring out interesting complications and issues in our society and in our interaction with the natural world, and therefore I feel it beneficial to share it with you all. This article first came to my attention a few weeks ago in my Spanish Literature class, and I thought to share it.

The original article is written entirely in Spanish, which can be found here; for an English translation, click here.

Eduardo Subirats, the author, argues a very controversial but intriguing point. He claims that natural disasters are not “natural” in the sense that they are not random acts of nature, but caused by government and business negligence. More so, he argues that they are often horribly worsened by government inaction or ineffectiveness.

Again, just wanted to get these ideas out there. Personally, while I don’t agree with most of his points, he does bring up an important issue when he discusses the role of government. It really couldn’t hurt to improve our disaster prevention and aid responses, could it?

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