Friday, 18 August 2017

Storming the Wall and Elite Anxiety

Source: "The Rising Storm", The Texas Observer, 14th August 2017, by Melissa del Bosque

Melissa del Bosque reported, "A new book on climate and migration predicts a future of "guards, guns and gates" unless we act soon. In Todd Miller’s prescient new book, Storming the Wall: Climate Change, Migration, and Homeland Security, the Tucson journalist and author travels the globe to document how climate disasters are uprooting people from their homes. (...) Todd Miller, "In referring to “elite panic,” I was influenced by Rebecca Solnit’s book A Paradise Built in Hell. She used the term to show that in disaster situations there’s this panic where people with power and money believe that if a hurricane or an earthquake hits, there will be chaos and conflict. But disaster sociologists have actually found that in disaster situations it’s usually the opposite. Most people tend to be cooperative, sometimes even altruistic. It’s the elites themselves who panic and send in police and the National Guard. In the book, I propose a variation of this, which is more like “elite anxiety.” (...)"

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