Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, remains inundated by unprecedented levels of flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The reported death toll continues to rise in what is already one of the worst disasters in American history.

As Houston drowns, there is a concerted effort to deny that anything could have been done to prepare for or limit the impact of the storm. Government officials, from the White House on down, have spent much of the past several days patting themselves on the back.

Like Katrina, the BP oil spill, and Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Harvey has lifted the lid on the ugly reality of American society, exposing colossal levels of social inequality, pervasive poverty and ruling class criminality.

These tragic events demonstrate the urgent need for the reorganization of economic and social life on the basis of rational planning, science, public ownership and control, and the democratic participation of the broad masses.

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