Historian John Lukacs wrote about the nature of the fears of Communists during the last century in his concise little book, “A Short History of the Twentieth Century.” Communist revolutions were unsuccessful everywhere but in Russia, writes Lukacs. And the leaders had “an underlying and often very apparent fear” of their unpopularity and the “conspiratorial powers of their opponents”; often “allied and combined with hatred.”
Fear and hatred strikes me as characteristic of modern “progressive” statists. Their scares and hostility toward those who oppose their plans probably reflect some self-loathing, and paranoia that their ideas are suspect, unworkable and unpopular.
This is on display in a recent speech by U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry to students and government officials in Jakarta, Indonesia. Kerry “tore into climate change skeptics,” according to Associated Press writer Matthew Lee.
Fear (and hatred) underlies Kerry’s rant. When these people can’t make credible and reasonable arguments for their ideological (and theomorphism–based) beliefs, they resort to personal attacks, and wildly ridiculous accusations on those who disagree. They are especially vicious when there’s evidence to prove them wrong.
Kerry labelled skeptics of manmade warming theory as a “Flat Earth Society.” He accused “a tiny minority” of using “shoddy science” and being “extreme ideologues.” Why does he even acknowledge this if it’s such an insignificant and invalid threat to his agenda?—because of fears about the unpopularity of his views, and because he can’t justify them; thus the attempt to vilify opponents.
Of course, AP Lee dutifully repeated the left’s mantra that “emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases…cause the atmosphere to trap solar heat and alter the climate,” despite skepticism by many reputable climate scientists and some that have compelling evidence that the “scientific consensus” has confused cause and effect—it’s just as likely that natural warming actually causes carbon dioxide to increase, rather than the theory that Co2 emissions cause unnatural warming. (Ref. “The Great Global Warming Blunder,” by Roy W. Spencer; Encounter Books, 2012.)
Kerry’s disdain for honest dissent was only exceeded by his irresponsible promotion of unnecessary fear among the Indonesian people. Unbelievably he actually said that changing climate is the “world’s largest weapon of mass destruction, perhaps even, the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” Foolishly, he linked floods and typhoons in Asia to anthropogenic climate change—without any evidence for this assertion.
John Kerry’s attempt to scare these people into joining a U. S. government-led crusade to severely restrict energy producing plants was unconscionable; something they can’t afford to do if they want to achieve a higher quality of life.
Continuing his disingenuous rant, Kerry told the Indonesians that he wouldn’t “allow any room” for discussion of the costs of his proposals that outweigh the benefits. He said, “We don’t have time.” (His ridiculous statements can’t be rationally discussed.)
Kerry and the Obama administration would lead us all to share in Third World misery down the policy road of their apocalyptic vision of climate—and they refuse to debate it because they know they will lose the argument.
What we don’t have time for, Mr. Kerry, is another hasty, ill-advised, unworkable and unnecessary scheme such as those that have been foisted on us in recent government gambling’s: federal debt-spending to “stimulate” the economy; bailouts of large finance companies; and Obamacare, to mention a few.
Liberal fear and hate campaigns reflect a failure to validate their causes based on reason, evidence and common sense. Can we afford this next attempt to con us into another political “Sting” based on false premises backed by pseudoscience? I think not.
For a thoughtful analysis of the social costs of climate change follies, the linked essay by Marlo Lewis at the Capital Research Center gives reasons why thinking people should be very skeptical about any climate scares hyped by politicians and government operatives. (link)