21 January 2009

Keep Quiet If You Know What's Good For You

A pall of groupthink has fallen over the nation, and outspoken dissent has taken on the distinct odour of hazard. We know where this trend is heading, because we have watched it developing over the past decade or more in the climate science community.
Dr. Joanne Simpson [said recently] “Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical...The main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models.

...Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden notes, “Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.

Decades ago Tolstoi provided another explanation for failing to acknowledge the growing evidence. “I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives.” _CFP _ via _ Icecap
When "the fix is in," it can be wiser to simply stand back and shut up. Well, just as in climatology, the fix is in politically and socially in America, where dissent will make you stand out like a sore thumb. Getting tenure, getting that contract, getting hired or just keeping your job has just become a bit trickier. Political correctness has just leapt out of the universities and media centers into the mainstream of American life and commerce.

This faux societal consensus is largely media - driven, and will last as long as nothing important comes along to disrupt it. The problem with this consensus attack on dissenting opinions is that it is suicidal, and works against economic survival. I confess that I am rather enjoying the moment. I am wondering how long this "feel good" forced euphoria can be sustained in the face of declining economic well being. A pep rally on the decks of the Titanic, as it were.

Those of you who may not feel like celebrating need to be stocking away durable wealth and learning how to live without a competent government. Worse than that, you will need to learn to protect yourself from an increasingly predatory government. And you will learn to keep quiet.


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Blogger Linda Morgan said...

"Political correctness has just leapt out of the universities and media centers into the mainstream of American life and commerce."

I just might quote you on that. Quietly, of course.

Wednesday, 21 January, 2009  
Blogger neil craig said...

On the other hand more Americans (44% to 41%) say anthropogenic warming is a lie, which indicates a remarkable ability to ignore propaganda & look out of the window.

Thursday, 22 January, 2009  

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