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September 16, 2005

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Abiola Lapite

The implicit assumption of group responsibility is pretty annoying; having a skin color in common with others does not imbue one with a special obligation to act as their ward and spokesperson. The Economist writer's line here is just the flip-side of the whole "You're a credit to your race" B.S. which was common back in the not-so-good ol' days.

Frank McGahon

having a skin color in common with others does not imbue one with a special obligation to act as their ward and spokesperson

In Ms Rice's case this is especially egregious as she has never portrayed herself as any kind of ward or spokesperson and if the (unremittingly hostile) view embodied by Aaron McGruder's Boondocks cartoon has any traction at all, such an attempt would be rejected by a considerable proportion of African-Americans.

Andrew

Yep, I agree that it's bad of them to juxtapose her inaction with her race as if there were some connection, but the Secretary of State isn't entirely useless in a domestic natural catastrophe - as I recall, several countries offered donations so as chief diplomat she might be expected to coordinate this in some way. Maybe not such a strenuous job that she couldn't take a break to see "Spamalot," but not nothing either.

John

Frank,

What aspects of the Bush Administration's response did you find 'unsatisfactory'? I'm not trying to be funny here, but I'm assuming you haven't automatically bought into the "the Federal Government is responsible for everything" line that so much of the criticism is based on.

I also assume that you'd be just as happy to privatize most of what FEMA does, no?

Frank

The Economistrepeatedly proves itself to be so unauthoritative that it merits a name change to The Ecomicnest.

Frank 2

I'll try second time. The Economist repeatedly proves itself to be so unauthoritative that it merits a name change to The E-comic-nist.

Frank McGahon

I wouldn't go that far, (in either version), It is generally very good and insightful but sometimes stuff like this slips through.

Frank 2

Frank,

I guess it's the nature of the business they're in that their cock-ups linger in the memory. They've made a few, notably a year or two ago when they recommended that Irish homeowners sell up their pads, rent for a few years before repurchasing. No thought for transactions costs or economic dynamism. They also pulled off a spectacular piece of statistical misreporting a yar or so ago, though the details escape me the mistaken thesis was immediately obvious on first reading.

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