Disaster and Government, continued

From the Mises Blog:

For those who maintain that the government "failed" its "mission," I must say
that they are wrong. True, the government with its ham-fisted policies of
blocking relief missions, imposing price controls, and acting in a dictatorial,
but incompetent style, seems to have "failed" in making things better,
especially in the days directly after the storm passed. But, if you understand
that government is a mechanism by which some people impose their will by force
over others, then you would have to admit that the government succeeded and
succeeded beyond its own expectations.

Thus, I leave readers with this question: If you believe that the government
"failed" in the aftermath of Katrina, will the government then have less or more
"authority" when the next disaster strikes? I think all of us know the

You can always expect government to behave exactly like government. When you
consider your political position, consider whether this institution ought to be
put in charge or disaster relief at all, or the economy, or society, foreign
policy, health care, education, courts, the environment or anything at all.
Katrina and its aftermath is only the latest exhibit in the ongoing historical
documentary in favor of a government-free society

I had similar thoughts here and here.