Saturday, February 06, 2010

One down, how many to go?

Rick Moran writes about some good news from across the pond:

There may be no other country where the religion of global warming inundated society so thoroughly as in Great Britain. All major political parties endorsed it and the solutions to climate change. It was preached from the pulpit, endorsed by almost every celebrity, hammered him in PSA's on TV all day long.

The media played right along, led by the venerable BBC who not only promoted global warming doctrine, but savaged any skeptics that dared disagree with the dominant theology.

Now, after a couple of months of climategate revelations, the tide appears to be turning. A new poll out shows decidedly more people skeptical of climate change.

From the BBC:

The number of British people who are sceptical about climate change is rising, a poll for BBC News suggests.

The Populus poll of 1,001 adults found 25% did not think global warming was happening, a rise of 8% since a similar poll was conducted in November.

The percentage of respondents who said climate change was a reality had fallen from 83% in November to 75% this month.

And only 26% of those asked believed climate change was happening and "now established as largely man-made".

The findings are based on interviews carried out on 3-4 February.

In November 2009, a similar poll by Populus - commissioned by the Times newspaper - showed that 41% agreed that climate change was happening and it was largely the result of human activities.

Despite active measures by the BBC and the liberal Guardian newspaper to suppress climategate revelations, other media outlets like the Telegraph, the Daily Mail, and the TimesOnline have picked up the slack and have run story after story about the fraud, the bad science, and the shameful actions of scientists in trying to suppress opposing viewpoints.

It shows that when people get all the information, they can make up their own minds.

Some of it appears to be getting through.

I am fond of quoting H.L. Mencken's wisdom:

"The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."

I have noted that the hobgoblin of man-made global warming was the best boogieman the left had ever invented to frighten the general population into surrendering their liberty and their wealth to an all powerful government

I have also noted that the left would never let go of man-caused global warming until another hobgoblin of equal or greater potential was already fabricated and waiting int he wings to make his debut on center stage.

What I didn't take into account is that some brave insider would provide the key to bringing down the entire global warming house of cards in the form of purloined e-mail archives.

Of course any number of whistle blowers would not have been able to shine the light of truth on this monstrous hoax without the existence of the alternate media.

With the old media and the government both complicit in the creation and maintenance of the hoax, and both unwilling to see the fraud unravel, they would have combined to cause any embarrassing revelations about "hiding the decline" vanish down Orwell's memory hole as recently as 20 years ago.

But today the internet transmits the news around the globe at light-speed and talk radio carries discussion of the issues into the homes, cars and offices of millions and it is no longer possible for the cabal of government, academia and the media to restrict the flow of information to the average citizen.

The nation of India has already officially jumped off the global warming bandwagon. Expect China to do so in the near future. Old Europe will follow after that.

This will leave the United States as the last holdout of the major industrialized nations. We will be left standing amid a collection of Third World despotisms who regard global warming as nothing more than a lever with which to pry open the wallets of the American taxpayer.

America will hold out longer than any other major nation because the left in the US is stronger than it is anywhere else.

In Old Europe the voice of what Americans call conservatism is almost silent and has been so for decades. The European left is not used to having to fight to have its policy ideas accepted and enacted into law. This leaves them ill equipped to resist on those rare occasions when the general public wakes up and demands a serious change.

In America the left has to fight the conservative movement for every inch of territory it gains and it does not win nearly every battle. This constant combat makes our left far more resilient than their European counterparts and equips them to hold out against the truth for far longer.

However the global warming edifice will fall in the US as it is in Europe. As the song says "you can twist perceptions but reality won't budge".

The fact that the left doesn't have a convenient replacement hobgoblin for global warming will be a problem for them so we can expect them to be hard at work prepping a new boogieman even now.

What will it be? Global cooling fell flat as did ozone depletion. The millions of people murdered by the left's ban on DDT are thrusting their way into the mainstream awareness as are the millions of children blinded by the left's hysterical rejection of genetically modified foods. So I would imagine that the tool of environmentalism has just about lost its usefulness as a means of gaining control.

The secular "state as god" movement of Marxism has lost its appeal due to the spectacular failures of the Soviet Union and communist China as they shed an ocean of blood and achieved only poverty and despair to show for it.

In the early days of the 20th century the left found a home in the Christian religion. The original "progressive" movement embraced a post-millennial eschatology that let them believe that enlightened (that is progressive) government would bring about the prophesied Golden Age.

That view did not survive the trenches and poison gas of WWI and the gas chambers of the Holocaust.

So if the left is denied a hiding place in religion, environmentalism, economics and politics what segment of our culture will the infest and subvert next.

Your guess is as good as mine.