The road to fascism is paved with good intentions and moral certainty.

It was said that “Those who do not believe in god then are open to believe in anything.” OK fair enough. But the problem lies with people who are so certain of what they believe that they are ready to re-create the worst of human authoritarianisms to enforce those beliefs. Check out this example from Australia, where crypto-enviornmentalism has reached the proportions of religion with totalitarian tendencies.

The author of this post might also need to be reminded that Al Gore already bought property on low lying land, specifically a five million dollar condo on beach front in San Fran. So I guess he also should be one of the first tattooed as clearly Gore doesn’t believe a word he says or he would never have bought a property that by his own admission should be underwater already.

H/T Richard:

From SMH

The dangers of bone-headed beliefs

>June 6, 2011

    Illustration: Simon Letch.Illustration: Simon Letch.

    Surely it’s time for climate-change deniers to have their opinions forcibly tattooed on their bodies.

    Not necessarily on the forehead; I’m a reasonable man. Just something along their arm or across their chest so their grandchildren could say, ”Really? You were one of the ones who tried to stop the world doing something? And why exactly was that, granddad?”

    On second thoughts, maybe the tattooing along the arm is a bit Nazi-creepy. So how about they are forced to buy property on low-lying islands, the sort of property that will become worthless with a few more centimetres of ocean rise, so they are bankrupted by their own bloody-mindedness? Or what about their signed agreement to stand, in the year 2040, lashed to a pole at a certain point in the shallows off Manly? If they are right and the world is cooling – ”climate change stopped in the year 1998” is one of their more boneheaded beliefs – their mouths will be above water. If not …

    OK, maybe the desire to see the painful, thrashing death of one’s opponents is not ideal. But, my God, these people are frustrating. You just know that in 20 years’ time, when the costs of our inaction are clear, the climate deniers will become climate-denial-deniers. ”Who me? Oh, no, I always believed in it. Yes, it’s hard to understand why people back then were so daft. It’s so much more costly to stop it now.”

    That’s why the tattoo has its appeal.

    Not that the other side isn’t frustrating. There’s a type of green zealot who appears to relish climate change. Every rise in sea levels is noted excitedly. Every cyclone is applauded and claimed as a noisy, deadly witness for their side.

    Suddenly, it’s as if they have the planet’s assistance in their lifelong campaign to bully everyone else into accepting their view of the perfect world. One without any human beings. Except for them. Living in a cave. Wearing an unwashed T-shirt that not only says ”Support wildlife” but actually does.

    Is it possible to get the politics out of the climate-change debate? The first step might be to acknowledge the way ideology informs attitudes to climate change on both sides.

    People on the left instinctively believe in communal action, the role of government and the efficacy of international agencies such as the UN. They were always going to believe in climate change; it’s the sort of problem that can best be solved using the tools they most enjoy using.

    The right tended to be sceptical about climate change from the start and for exactly the same reasons. It’s the sort of problem that requires global, communal action, with governments setting rules. It is a problem that requires tools they instinctively dislike using.

    These initial responses to global warming, on both sides, were understandable. But there’s a point in any debate where what you want to believe comes up against what you know to be true; where ideology yields to reality.

    Facts that don’t fit one’s world view can be difficult to see. Consider the way the left spent decades ignoring the horrors of Soviet communism, horrors that were obvious to anyone who cared to look from at least the early 1930s. The facts didn’t fit in with the way they wanted to see the world, so they spent decades in denial, looking the other way.

    For most of the left, that blindness ended, dramatically, with the invasion of Hungary in 1956: it became impossible not to acknowledge the brutal realities of the dictatorship of the proletariat.

    Now it’s the right’s turn to face up to a similar uncomfortable, ideology-challenging moment. Hopefully, they’ll do it a bit quicker than was managed by the left.

    Aside from the frothing fringe of the environmental movement, no one is secretly pleased about global warming. We’d all rather it just went away. Who needs to feel guilty about having a long shower, flying to Paris or eating T-bone steak?

    Who needs to be worried about their children and grandchildren and the way we are pushing the burdens of our time on to them?

    As Cate Blanchett put it this week: ”I can’t look my children in the face if I’m not trying to do something in my small way and to urge other people.”

    Each generation of people has a job to do; a burden that falls to their time. Sometimes, it’s a war or depression. Sometimes, it’s the work of building the first railways and roads. Sometimes, it’s a plague that wipes out half the population or a fire that destroys a whole city.

    Looked at through this lens, our generation has it easy. Already wealthy and armed with new technology, we need to front up to the challenge of building a low-carbon economy.

    The tool we’ll use is a carbon tax that seeks to subtly redirect some of our choices. Cut your power bill by more than the compensation offered and you get to keep the change.

    Is that really so onerous compared with a depression or war?

    Our grandparents didn’t fail us, even though the challenges they faced were so much greater. So why are we in the process of failing to live up to their example?

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    10 Replies to “The road to fascism is paved with good intentions and moral certainty.”

    1. Quote: the climate deniers will become climate-denial-deniers.

      Typical projection by the eco-fascists/statists . Alo used by Muslims.

      To these people using the power pf government to force people, using the resources of the people, is the only game they understand. Thy are totalitarians at heart. In fact they are the same people who supported the USSR, and have now climate on to the Greeny bandwagon. The objectives are the same, and the methods are the same.

      Lets get one thing clear. Climate always changes. What is debatable( and no, the debate is not finished), whether the cause is man-made or natural cyclical change with random perturbations.

      The evidence is overwhelming that the climate changes due to natural forces, which are orders of magnitude larger then any thing man can do.

      And no. I dont wish to see this hate monger come to any harm, even though his propositions will do , and are doing enormous harm to the economy of the world, and the very poor in the world will suffer the most, as a consequence.

    2. -DP111

      There has never been any unusual climate change recorded by man on Earth; we always think it’s unusual, but it isn’t. In the last thousand years the climate has been both colder and warmer than it is now. The drastic predictions of Al Gore’s movie have simply not come true. Al was wrong.
      Just as fears of a “Population Bomb” caused hundreds of millions of the very people who should be having babies to begin “Family Planning”, AGW causes endless young minds to turn away from doing anything constructive with their lives for fear of leaving a “carbon footprint”, opting for the protest sign and the strike instead. For God’s sake, they are telling us we are not good enough to walk on Earth, that our footprints have no place there, and that we are dirty and sooty and carbony – kinda like the stuff on the motor of an old Chevy.

    3. You got that right , the greens are really watermelons, green on the outside and red in the middle, I wish I could claim that one as my own but Walter Williams was the first that I know of that uses it. AGW is in all probablity a normal climate change. What is interesting is the way the man keeps talking around using violence on those who refuse to buy into the propaganda, this man is a very short step from joining some group that will try to enact his fantasies.

    4. “It was said that “Those who do not believe in god then are open to believe in anything.” OK fair enough. But the problem lies with people who are so certain of what they believe that they are ready to re-create the worst of human authoritarianisms to enforce those beliefs. ”
      NO, NOT FAIR ENOUGH, True of religious zealots, strong believers of witchcraft, cults and voodoo, which takes in most organized religions.
      Or, the masonginist worms like Coren, who I used to watch, but no more after his comments last week that any woman who enjoys sex for sex sake is a slut. What an impotent remark in this day and age. When he supports a religion that wants to saint if fy, a pope who was responsible for hiding the pedophile priests that sodimized and raped over 1000 children, around NA, and europe, and as far as I know none have been charged for their crimes, but the head giving honcho, did make an apology to the his brain dead masses.
      THERE IS TRUTH ON BOTH SIDES IN THE CLIMATE ISSUE, some obvious warming facts, but speculation abounds, any extremist is an idiot, whether religious, or environmental.
      However, in confronting issues, being on the cutting edge, it almost goes without saying that one must provoke and push to develop awareness and response to begin the shifts that lead to changes in paradigms.
      My brain is filled with Chemical weed-x today, as a founding member among hundreds of the grassroots workers in the green movement, back when CSIS and CIA used to attend the meetings of our groups they called threatening in those days, you have to travel to the outskirts of the city, the farming country to find any decent weed killer today for lawns, I must be making as much sense as the extremist environmentalists or i

    5. Morticia you are making sense but I don’t see where you are disagreeing with me. I liked the quote I used at the start. That perhaps the consequence of a general western atheism is a vacuum now filled with zealotry of irrational, or what I call, ‘crypto-environmentalism’. The kind that Patrick Moore fled greenpeace, an organization that he co-founded, to get away from.

      I certainly am not saying that gods are real, or that belief in one is mandatory. But I can’t help but wonder if humans need some sort of absolute as a repository for human desire for meaningful conflict. Perhaps more a focus than a repository.

    6. Ice not disappearing.
      Glaciers still there
      Sea levels not rising
      Global temperature steady, dropping slightly

      There is no evidence at all for man made global warming, not on single little shred.
      It’s the usual anti-capitalist left wing ridiculous pseudo superstition. They can’t prove it scientifically, so they attempt to subvert science.

      The shame of it is, there’s real pollution and environmental problems we should be dealing with, which we’re not because of this ridiculous rubbish.
      But then like Islam collectively bringing silly lawsuits, and constantly screaming “I’m a victim”, to promote the cause of Islam, the left promote these things, not because they care about the environment, anymore than they care about human rights, or individual suffering, it’s merely to promote, by accident or design, there own quasi Marxist agenda.
      When criticised they inevitably point the finger of blame at everyone else, and,,,,, claim victim status. Sound familiar anyone?

    7. There is another shame, the shame that Universities are pumping out climate alarmists by the thousands every year. In all areas of science, graduates are all envirnmentalists and climate alarmists. Even graduate business schools are pumping them out, forcing them to accept climate alarmism as real.

    8. klem the modern don’t teach, they indoctrinate all schools do this although some teachers at some of the schools are fighting a valiant rear guard action. Because of this most high school and collage graduates are incapable of critical thought and can only blindly follow the people they have been told are the superior people who know more then we do.

    9. Yes, dear vlad, I like your head, but we are coming at this from different places, you obviously a spiritual believer, me a complete atheiest. I am familiar with the argument that in the vacuum of non belief there will be room for festering evil, loss of meaning bla bla bla, but what about all the facts, reality, science, the cutting edge of discovery, values of reason, evolution of ideas.. Religion whether Christian, Jewish, Islamic is the opiate of the masses, however, I do think there is a heirarchy of values and behaviors within each that has proven it’s worth in the estabishing of premises that form the basis of laws in democracies and these values from the Judeo/Christian religions that have naturally evolved due to the nature of their premises, formed the most advanced of cultures, but that does not necessarily mean that the entire premises from which they began, must be kept and adhered to by letter of the law, this is what we all find so bizarre and completely offensive about the islamics and their interpretations of islam, For me personally, I find the extreme adherance to any religion, just as sickening to the consciousness. Perticularly the catholics///

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