Two Different Ikes
Ron Paul‘s district is going to be hit hard by Hurricane Ike. Ron Paul is a libertarian. Many libertarians probably don’t like the government telling them they must evacuate.
What I fear is that a major disaster like this will result in an extended state of emergency. To manage cleanup and avoid looting, law enforcement will need to determine who has the right to be in particular area. Active RFID identity cards could quickly be issued. An emergency could be extended ad infinitum, creating entire regions where liberty is suspended.
Under such conditions, travel plans for moving through a disaster area will be required, similar to flight plans, or permit routing systems used by DOTs. Alerts will be sent when sensors detect RFIDs outside their designated zone of operation, or when webcams sense people that lack RFID tag.
The other Ike was a bit different. He balanced the budget (twice) and promoted a very large government program – the Interstate Highway Act. He’s also the first one to warn us about the military industrial complex. As a retired General he could do this without being accused of being a commie. We need to keep his comments in mind when we make disaster management plans.
In other news about (hurricane) Ike, Brian Timoney has posted some more impact analysis here.