David Brooks' New York Times column today is especially on point for Independent America as parallels begin to be drawn between Katrina and 9/11:
The economy and the moral culture are strong. But there is a loss of confidence in institutions. In case after case there has been a failure of administration, of sheer competence. Hence, polls show a widespread feeling the country is headed in the wrong direction.
Katrina means that the political culture, already sour and bloody-minded in many quarters, will shift. There will be a reaction. There will be more impatience for something new. There is going to be some sort of big bang as people respond to the cumulative blows of bad events and try to fundamentally change the way things are.
Over and over we heard about this growing mistrust of large instititutions: i.e. government and corporations. That if anything is going to be done -- if Americans want to resume control -- it'll have to happen closest to home first. That means hometown security through self-sufficiency and an engaged citizenry.
Also check out this weekend's op-ed in the Guardian about fears of the huge British grocery chains ruining diversity of thought through homogenous, "top-ten" magazine and book inventories.
Production update: the first real edit of the documentary is turning out to be much longer than I imagined. Too much of a good thing I'm afraid -- 80 minutes too much. Ruthless trimming, shaving and polishing will ensue this week.