So this week all is well. Like Fred the Shred, Mexico has become the lightning rod for blame over the swine flu (non?) pandemic. It’s as if the failure of the two systems – one food, one financial – can be reduced to individual failure, be it one rotten pig farm, or one rotten fat-cat. Of course such a view helps us move swiftly away from the terrible thought that the problem is systemic.

That’s certainly what Felicity Lawrence seems to be driving at when she writes: “In modern disaster management theory, when any large system experiences a major shock or failure, you assess the risk, activate an ordered emergency response, and manage the after-effects. In the world of real people hit directly by the real shock, you look for someone to blame.” More here.