The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Friday, February 8, 2019

Disaster relief as a threat to state sovereignty | Aeon Essays

‘Once-in-a-century’ storms, tsunamis and earthquakes now threaten life and resources around the world on a regular basis. Disasters upend civic life and threaten the public order, but disaster-relief operations often double as contests over the authority of the state to govern. Recent histories of disaster relief in developing nations reveal that claims about scientific knowledge and technological sophistication hold the key to defending political authority in the Anthropocene. 


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"on a regular basis" is a handy expression. It shows the writer to be both tin-eared and mutton-headed.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 8, 2019 2:54:22 PM