Ed Driscoll has an interesting post up today on the progressive penchant to identify everything as a crisis in order to gin up public sentiment for its various utopian programs. Before I get into that, though, let me pull out this utterly brilliant Thomas Sowell quote from Ed’s piece.
There’s something Eric Hoffer said: “Intellectuals cannot operate at room temperature.” There always has to be a crisis–some terrible reason why their superior wisdom and virtue must be imposed on the unthinking masses. It doesn’t matter what the crisis is. A hundred years ago it was eugenics. At the time of the first Earth Day a generation ago, the big scare was global cooling, a big ice age. They go from one to the other. It meets their psychological needs and gives them a reason for exercising their power.
There is no doubt that the issue of climate change would be a very back of the back burner issue if not for the apocalyptic rhetoric of Global Warming Cultists like Al Gore, Thomas Friedman, Ban Ki Moon. Moon, in fact, said that global warming was likely worse than war in a 2007 speech to the United Nations International School:
Today, war continues to threaten countless men, women and children across the globe. It is the source of untold suffering and loss. And the majority of the UN’s work still focuses on preventing and ending conflict. But, the danger posed by war to all of humanity — and to our planet — is at least matched by the climate crisis and global warming.
By now, I believe that the world has reached a critical stage in its efforts to exercise responsible environmental stewardship…We have to change the way we live, and rethink the way we travel and transact business. [Emphasis mine]
Now, back to Ed’s post, which point is that Moon, Gore, and new acolyte James Cameron are really engaging in “techno-sophistry”. Their arguments seem plausible — we can see polar bears on tiny ice floes and gosh didn’t this summer feel awfully warm? — but they are riddled with fallacies and outright deception. You need look no further than how they choose to live as compared to how they want the rest of us to live. Save Ed Begley, no member of the Cult voluntarily lives the lifestyle they want to foist on us.
What does that say for the morality of their moral equivalent to war?