Gorean Global Warming Demagoguery
and the Tyranny of Climate Change Pietism
Is it progress to dam a river and create a lake and renewable electric power? Or, is it of greater service to humanity to indulge in a belief of convenience — from the comfort and security of lifetime employment in an air conditioned ivory tower in Western academia — that , “Dams themselves,” as Charlton Lewis claims, “may cause quakes,” and should not be permitted.
A social environment can neither force a man to think nor prevent him from thinking. But a social environment can offer incentives or impediments; it can make the exercise of one’s rational faculty easier or harder; it can encourage thinking and penalize evasion or vice versa ~Ayn Rand
There’s a lot of denial going on when 47% of the US population believes a college professor is capable of running America like a czar and if elected everything will be hunky-dory. Before the glorification of Al Gore and Michael Mann’s global warming hockey stick, Western Academia had a choice: build upon a culture of ethics or don’t. They chose the latter.
Since that fateful choice, the market dynamics for the global warming alarmist meme has changed dramatically. In the past —e.g., before 2006 (when Joel Achenbach’s article about William Gray, The Tempest, appeared in the Washington Post) — the AGW movement was so threatened by global warming skeptics like William Gray they felt justified in using any means including Leftist propaganda techniques to marginalize and silence the unbelievers. That was when labeling Gray as a denialist had power to bring the credibility of skeptics into question. But now it is the lack of credibility of the UN-IPCC and its supporters in Western academia that is the real issue.
One of the great achievements of the Enlightenment—the liberation of historical and scientific enquiry from dogma—is quietly being reversed. ~Edward Skidelsky
The Enlightenment, America, and the integrity of science has been stabbed in the back by Western academia. Secular, socialist, progressive envirowackos, dogmatic Eurocommies and liberal Utopians all are busy only in building altars to global warming catastrophism. They are the solvers of phony problems at the public expense.
What is the “fix” for an admittedly Left vs. right issue? More Eurocommunism? That human-caused climate change is changing the planet for the worse and is already effecting every aspect of our society — and, must be stopped — is what every liberal fascist believes. A belief that for every Leftist solution there must be a problem gives wings to the Left’s cash-for-clunkers economics: paying someone to dig holes, just to fill them up again. “When you are in a hole, the top priority is to stop digging.” (William Easterly)
American society used to be different. Success is possible when, as Grudem and Asmus (The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution) observed, “society believes that the earth is a place of opportunity.” (See–e.g., 78 specific ways to bring about a sustainable solution to poverty)
If a society believes that developing the earth’s resources is morally right and in fact is approved by God (as evidenced by Gen. 1:28; Ps. 8:6-9; 24:1), then people will think of the world as a place of opportunity, where hard work and inventiveness will lead to further discoveries of beneficial uses of the earth’s resources.
By contrast, in some primitive societies, the world is viewed primarily as a place of danger. People are unwilling to take risks because something bad might happen. In these places, economic development is viewed with fear and even moral condemnation, because change is more likely to bring harmful results than helpful ones. ~Grudem and Asmus
The free market economy upon which a successful America was built is a much different place. We now live in the nation envisaged by the secular, socialist Eurocommies who force their plans upon our economy to determine our futures.
Still other economists are “socialists,” of stronger or weaker varieties. In their view, the solution to poverty is more planning—wise government “experts” should plan and direct most everything in an economy. If it is pointed out that government control of factories and businesses has not worked well in the past, their response is that the wrong government experts were in charge. We simply need different experts, better ones, they say. In fact, if asked, they might even humbly suggest that they themselves might just be available to serve as these new experts—in a limited capacity, of course—at least initially. [William] Easterly refers to these economists as “Planners.” ~Grudem and Asmus
Beware the Planners of the new norm. Thus spoke the Planners who love us so much they must demand we submit to their justice: “But how could I be just from the heart!” as Friedrich Nietzsche (Thus Spake Zarathustra) winks to us. “How can I give each his own! Let this be enough for me: I give each my own.”
The new norm is comprised of many things we see government doing today that is erasing what is necessary to return to a vibrant American economy. Free markets are hamstrung. Companies are directed and entire sectors of the economy are taken over by government. Opportunity and economic development are irrelevant. Private property rights are increasingly imperiled. The currency is not stable, tax rates are rising and economic freedom is falling. Insiders and special interests are exempted from the negative consequences of the laws they help pass. The justice system has become a crapshoot: it’s neither swift nor just, criminals are set free. There is no accountability for the Left’s ongoing corruption of the culture: the media is biased and the productive are preyed upon like fatted cows for slaughter. The government is too expensive. Politicians are bribing voters with handouts. Employers are demonized. Irrespective of merit and hard work, the freedom to become wealthy by legal means, has become politically incorrect. Government interferes in peoples’ free practice of religion. Even the Ten Commandments is under attack: character and truth don’t matter, facts are superfluous, there are no moral values nor respect for individual liberty nor honor in past traditions nor praise for being more productive and being a solver of real problems.