A practical and helpful (and pack-like) approach comes from a surprising source: Move-on is matching homes with the homeless. (via Insta)
On the other hand, Free Will demonstrates what happens when herd mentality reaches the top:
Gov. Kathleen Blanco, standing beside the mayor at a news conference, said President Bush called and personally appealed for a mandatory evacuation for the low-lying city, which is prone to flooding.
This may explain why the evacuation notice came after the declaration of a disaster area. Nor was it only the Governor and the mayor who appear to have waited for someone else to make the decisions.
Free Will quotes from a CNN story:
An angry Terry Ebbert, head of New Orleans’ emergency operations, watched the slow exodus from the Superdome and said the Federal Emergency Management Agency response was inadequate….”FEMA has been here three days, yet there is no command and control,” Ebbert said. “We can send massive amounts of aid to tsunami victims, but we can’t bail out the city of New Orleans.”
As Free Will observes, this is a strange complaint:
Ebbert is the New Orleans head of Homeland Security, appointed by Mayor Nagin. He’s supposed to be command and control, yet there he was complaining that no one was doing his job for him.
Some of you have found fault with Monday morning quarterbacking and you are probably right. But I couldn’t resist: these three reactions (of the governor, the mayor and the NO Homeland secruity chief) fit so well into Reynolds’ definition of the “herd” and the “pack” And they also serve as a cautionary tale we need to think of often: how poorly New Orleans was served by those it elected and how poorly we are all served by bureaucrats who see their function as critics of others and not as responsible leaders. And how poorly, in the end, the “herd” mentality works in catastrophes.