September 10, 2005
Christopher Cooper’s War Street Journal article (Old-line families plot the future)
is worth excerpting at length because it so shamelessly reveals how the
rich elite "business" sociopaths of New Orleans think and operate:
mostly African-American neighborhoods of New Orleans are largely
underwater, and the people who lived there have scattered across the
country. But in many of the predominantly white and more affluent
areas, streets are dry and passable. Gracious homes are mostly intact
and powered by generators. Wednesday, officials reiterated that all
residents must leave New Orleans, but it’s still unclear how far they
will go to enforce the order.
You can bet this guy
didn’t show up in the "white and more affluent areas" because if he had
he would now be zipped up in a body bag at the temporary morgue set up
in nearby St. Gabriel. Naturally, the eviction of "recalcitrant
citizens" does not include New Orleans’ rich elite, who have hired
"security" firms such as Blackwater. As the New York Times reported
earlier in the week, the eviction "order apparently does not apply to
the hundreds of security guards whom businesses and some wealthy
individuals have hired to protect their property. The guards, who are
civilians working for private security firms like Blackwater, are
openly carrying M-16s and other assault rifles." Of course, if
"civilians" were "carrying M-16s and other assault rifles" downtown,
they would be shot on site by cops and National Guard soldiers.
green expanse of Audubon Park, in the city’s Uptown area, has doubled
in recent days as a heliport for the city’s rich—and a terminus for the
small armies of private security guards who have been dispatched to
keep the homes there safe and habitable. Mr. [Ashton] O’Dwyer has
cellphone service and ice cubes to cool off his highballs in the
evening. By Wednesday, the city water service even sprang to life,
making the daily trips to his neighbor’s pool unnecessary. A pair of
oil-company engineers, dispatched by his son-in-law, delivered four
cases of water, a box of delicacies including herring with mustard
sauce and 15 gallons of generator gasoline.
wonder if Mr. O’Dwyer heard the screams of drowning babies as he lofted
one of his highballs. I wonder if he thought about the desperate poor
folk trapped in their attics in 120 heat as he munched on his herring
with mustard sauce. Naw, he was too busy on his cellphone, ordering up
"delicacies" as the "little people" died horrible deaths a few blocks
away. He was too busy planning the future of the new New Orleans.
the disaster that has overwhelmed New Orleans, the city’s monied,
mostly white elite is hanging on and maneuvering to play a role in the
recovery when the floodwaters of Katrina are gone. "New Orleans is
ready to be rebuilt. Let’s start right here," says Mr. O’Dwyer,
standing in his expansive kitchen, next to a counter covered with a
jumble of weaponry and electric wires.
words, O’Dwyer has a damn good reason to stick around—and there is a
damn good reason the cops will not throw him out at gunpoint: he is
"hanging on" so he can "play a role" in the "recovery" of New Orleans
while the "underclass" has died (were deliberately killed through
neglect) in large numbers and the remainder shipped out to FEMA
"re-location" (i.e., concentration) camps.
I’m not sure how
Christopher Cooper wrote this article without vomiting—but then maybe
he did… or more likely didn’t. I mean, after all, he works for the War
Street Journal, the preeminent newspaper of the business class where
the most disgusting warmongering appeared on the editorial pages in the
lead-up to Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq.
course, both war and forced re-location of undesirables—think Native
Americans clutching blankets infected with small pox—are good for
business, especially for the latest generation of robber barons and
carpet-baggers who inevitably stream in to turn a fat profit on human .
than a few people in Uptown, the fashionable district surrounding St.
Charles Ave., have ancestors who arrived here in the 1700s. High
society is still dominated by these old-line families, represented
today by prominent figures such as former New Orleans Board of Trade
President Thomas Westfeldt; Richard Freeman, scion of the family that
long owned the city’s Coca-Cola bottling plant; and William Boatner
Reily, owner of a Louisiana coffee company. Their social pecking order
is dictated by the mysterious hierarchy of "krewes," groups with
hereditary membership that participate in the annual carnival leading
up to Mardi Gras. In recent years, the city’s most powerful business
circles have expanded to include some newcomers and non-whites, such as
Mayor Ray Nagin, the former Cox Communications executive elected in
Imagine my surprise—rich parasites so
inured to human suffering and so focused on turning a profit on misery
are involved in secret societies. Sort of reminds you of the fact Bush
and his rigged election opponent John Forbes Kerry were members of
Skull and Bones (otherwise appropriately known as the Order of Death).
few blocks from Mr. O’Dwyer, in an exclusive gated community known as
Audubon Place, is the home of James Reiss, descendent of an old-line
Uptown family. He fled Hurricane Katrina just before the storm and
returned soon afterward by private helicopter. Mr. Reiss became wealthy
as a supplier of electronic systems to shipbuilders, and he serves in
Mayor Nagin’s administration as chairman of the city’s Regional Transit
Authority. When New Orleans descended into a spiral of looting and
anarchy, Mr. Reiss helicoptered in an Israeli security company to guard
his Audubon Place house and those of his neighbors.
if you’re going to hire ruthless killers to protect your property from
people driven insane by hunger and thirst, you may as well hire the
best—and for killing people, the Israelis are right up at the top of
the list, having spent the last fifty years or so killing desperately
The power elite of New
Orleans—whether they are still in the city or have moved temporarily to
enclaves such as Destin, Fla., and Vail, Colo.—insist the remade city
won’t simply restore the old order. New Orleans before the flood was
burdened by a teeming underclass, substandard schools and a high crime
rate. The city has few corporate headquarters.
The new city
must be something very different, Mr. Reiss says, with better services
and fewer poor people. "Those who want to see this city rebuilt want to
see it done in a completely different way: demographically,
geographically and politically," he says. "I’m not just speaking for
myself here. The way we’ve been living is not going to happen again, or
In short, rich sociopaths such as Mr.
Reiss are fed up with poor people, even though they profitably exploit
them as janitors and food servers and cashiers at Wal-Marts. Reiss
believes there should be a manageable number of poor minimum wage
workers in the new New Orleans—just enough to clean the toilets and
sweep the floors at the new casinos and luxury hotels he envisions.
Incidentally, Bush has set the tone by suspending the minimum pay scale
requirements for federal contractors in New Orleans under the
Davis-Bacon Act. It appears Reiss and the "business elite" would like
to set up isolated Bantustans of impoverished workers and have them
shipped in to serve tourists and middle class fun seekers. Sort of
reminds you of South Africa under apartheid.
Is it possible
the "business elite" in New Orleans deliberately sabotaged the levees,
thus flooding poor areas of the city and ethnically cleansing thousands
of poor people, most of them African-American? It wouldn’t be the first
In 1927, the so-called Great Mississippi Flood was
used to ethnically cleanse African-Americans. "As the flood approached
New Orleans, Louisiana 30 tons of dynamite were set off on the levee at
Caernarvon, Louisiana," explains Wikipedia.
"This prevented New Orleans from experiencing serious damage but
destroyed much of the marsh below the city and flooded all of St.
Bernard Parish… During the disaster 700,000 people were displaced,
including 330,000 African-Americans who were moved to 154 relief camps.
Over 13,000 refugees near Greenville, Mississippi were gathered from
area farms and evacuated to the crest of an unbroken levee, and
stranded there for days without food or clean water, while boats
arrived to evacuate white women and children. Many African-Americans
were detained and forced to labor at gunpoint during flood relief
efforts… The aftermath of the flood was one factor in the Great Migration of African-Americans to northern cities." (Emphasis added.)
it possible the "business elite" in New Orleans engineered a new "Great
Migration of African-Americans" because the city is to become a Las
Vegas on the Mississippi? If so, as history demonstrates, it wouldn’t
be the first time.