The suspicion is in the air nowadays that the superiority of one of our formulas to another may not consist so much in its literal ‘objectivity,’ as in subjective qualities like its usefulness, its ‘elegance,’ or its congruity with our residual beliefs. (William James)
For those who believe the business of living is killing the planet with CO2, global warming alarmism has become the religion of AGW True Believers. A scientist searches for objective truth. Pure objective truth is found according to established and universally agreed upon rules of logic.
For the global warming alarmist ‘truth’ is measured in terms of its usefulness to some end. Mostly the ‘end’ that AGW True Believers have in mind is nothing more that perpetuating their global warming beliefs. That is why global warming alarmism has become nothing more than politics: because it no longer has anything to do with the dispassionate search for pure objective truth, unalloyed by popular beliefs, petty prejudices or ideologically-motivated preconceived notions about how the world ought to be.
James helps us understand why today’s schoolteachers are incapable of performing a search for pure objective truth such as we associate with scientists’ pursuit of knowledge for its own sake. Our ‘modern-day’ plastic schoolteachers have the same brain cells of the ancients when, as James observed, objective truth, truth in whose establishment the function of giving human satisfaction in marrying previous parts of experience with newer parts played no role whatsoever. Our modern-day professors of ancient thinking still feel compelled to adhere to their ancient truths for human not scientific reasons and no matter how delusionary they become.
For example, in the modern-day schoolteacher in whom anti-Americanism has become a reflexive reality we saw this ‘marriage’ of beliefs in global warming alarmism with a hatred of George Bush because both of these ‘truths’ proved useful to the Government-Education Complex during the recent Gorean age and in the end science had nothing to with it.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that those in academia who are afflicted with ‘Bush Derangement Syndrome’ would also be afflicted with Hot World Syndrome. However, from a cause and effect point of view, the order should be reversed.
George Bush is a lover of individual liberty. Bush was principled and knew there was such a thing as right and wrong—good and evil. True, Bush opposed the killing of innocents in the womb on moral grounds. He believed in economic freedom. He also believed in the need for personal responsibility, accountability and self-reliance. Bush believed that good would triumph over evil and despised the hypocrisy and liberal fascist tyranny of dead and dying Old Europe and all of Europe’s gas-bag political counterparts in the US.
What Leftist seekers of liberal utopianism believe and stand for defined them long before George Bush. The Left’s hatred of Bush and their belief and support of global warming alarmism have nothing to do with George Bush in particular but rather the principles underlying Americanism in general.
The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands. America’s vital interests and our deepest beliefs are now one… So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world. (George Bush)