At 18:00 12/14/98 , Joe E. Dees wrote:
>How could the Central Americans reover from the hurricane without
>global gov't-coordinated assistance? None of them are in any
>position to help each other (at least not enough).
How about globally coordinated assistance from voluntary charities?
Coordination doesn't imply coercion.
In the absence of voluntary charities, the Central Americans could have bought disaster insurance from other countries that are not likely to be devastated by the same hurricane. If the price of such insurance is too high... Well, nobody makes people settle and breed in places that are way too risky.
The fact that currently coordination is provided by governments doesn't mean that nobody else can play this role. The faster the governments retreat from this function, the sooner alternative non-coercive regulation methods will appear.
Internet has hundreds of thousands of regulatory systems, smoother operation, and doesn't rely on coercive collection of funds...