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Friday, February 8, 2008

In their new book, "The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy", two enviro-activists place the blame for the weather on liberal democracy and capitalism.

They recommend the abolishment of both - if we want to survive...

In this provocative book, Shearman and Smith present evidence that the fundamental problem causing environmental destruction--and climate change in particular--is the operation of liberal democracy. Its flaws and contradictions bestow upon government--and its institutions, laws, and the markets and corporations that provide its sustenance--an inability to make decisions that could provide a sustainable society. Having argued that democracy has failed humanity, the authors go even further and demonstrate that this failure can easily lead to authoritarianism without our even noticing. Even more provocatively, they assert that there is merit in preparing for this eventuality if we want to survive climate change. They are not suggesting that existing authoritarian regimes are more successful in mitigating greenhouse emissions, for to be successful economically they have adopted the market system with alacrity. Nevertheless, the authors conclude that an authoritarian form of government is necessary, but this will be governance by experts and not by those who seek power. There are in existence highly successful authoritarian structures--for example, in medicine and in corporate empires--that are capable of implementing urgent decisions impossible under liberal democracy. Society is verging on a philosophical choice between "liberty" or "life."

Basically, it's Marxism under some leafy camouflage. I'm surprised they haven't tried this routine with the bird flu or TEOLAWKI



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More nuts who think the world would be a so much better place if only they ran it. And, as in so many things, who would suffer most on the way to this restructuring? Not the wealthy, who can weather adversity more easily than others, but the poor and vulnerable. They would be the ones culled first on the way to utopia.

This is another good opportunity to plug Bjorn Lomborg's talk (against climate change hysteria) at the recent Herzliya Conference. Look for him on Sunday. Unfortunately his Monday talk is not available on there.

This is another good opportunity to plug Bjorn Lomborg's talk (against climate change hysteria)

I'd like to hear that. But I'd guess that once climate change hysteria wears itself out, the anti-capitalists will probably create a fresh, new hysteria to camouflage their ideology.

Global Warming is due to Overclocking CPUs.

"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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