Disasters are not partisan

There is probably no class of events to which the famous Wittgensteinian prescription should more readily be applied than natural disasters. The millions of people in Texas who are suffering without heat and electricity as a result of the worst winter storm in the state’s recent history do not need the rest of us to interpret their experience for them. Nor does the brute fact of infrastructure not designed to handle conditions more familiar to the Northeast and Upper Midwest require a partisan explanation, whatever malfeasance certain officials might be guilty of.

Nevertheless these are the only terms upon which most of us are willing to discuss the issue.



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