Most conspiracy theories are nonsense. But not all, it’s sad to say. A political machine is a successful conspiracy against the public, after all, and we’ve had machine politics in America since the 19th century. Chicago is run by a Democratic machine. Illinois is a machine state.
Those are successful and profitable conspiracies, at least for the insiders. They are dreadful for average citizens, because in a kleptocracy it is corruption that rules the streets. That is why the inner city schools in Chicago still fail their children; it is why drug gangs kill teenagers on the South Side; it is why kids have kids, and just pass on the social pathology; it is why Chicagoans who can afford it move out of the blasted neighborhoods, leaving them to gangsters and their victims; and it is why Governor Blagojevich openly demanded his share of the loot before appointing a U.S. senator to follow Obama.
It is no comfort to know that Barack Obama rose to power in the hustler world of Chicago politics and that Mayor Daley, Michelle Obama, and Valerie Jarrett, all faithful creatures of the machine, decided on all the appointments in this administration.
So what about the Climategate fiasco, the Watergate scandal of our age and time? Well, the global warming fraud is simply machine politics on the international level. Mark Steyn has coined the word “tranzi” for the transnational left that runs the UN, the European Union, most European capitals, and both left coasts of the United States. Tranzis are the political machine of our time.
The good news is that “anthropogenic global warming” — the most costly and widespread scientific fraud in history — just crumbled to fairy dust. We have emails from some of the biggest malefactors to prove it.
Take Dr. Phil Jones, the head of the CRU, the “Climatic Research Unit” at the University of East Anglia. If that’s not familiar, you might remember the IPCC report, where all the tranzis declared their undying faith in anthropogenic global warming. Well, Dr. Phil made up that report, along with about three dozen others, claiming to speak for thousands of scientists around the world. When the journal Climate Research published an article questioning the global warming hoax, Dr. Jones wrote in an email that the journal must “rid itself of this troublesome editor” who dared to be honest. The email reply from Michael Mann, whose “hockey stick” graph was thoroughly discredited by science bloggers some years ago, is as follows:
I think we have to stop considering Climate Research as a legitimate peer-reviewed journal. Perhaps we should encourage our colleagues in the climate research community to no longer submit to, or cite papers in, this journal.
“Off with their heads!” cried the White Queen.
But things got worse when even Geophysical Research Letters (GRL) got a whiff of skepticism. Wrote Fraudocrat Michael Mann:
It’s one thing to lose Climate Research. We can’t afford to lose GRL.
Another “leading climate scientist,” Dr. Tom Wigley, was quite willing to wield the executioner’s axe:
If you think that Saiers is in the greenhouse skeptics camp, then, if we can ﬁnd documentary evidence of this, we could go through ofﬁcial AGU channels to get him ousted. (AGU is the American Geophysical Union, the publisher of Geophysical Research Letters).
That email was followed by: “The GRL leak may have been plugged up now w/new editorial leadership there.”
It’s just like the Nixon tapes, except that emails are a lot more accurate than John Dean’s memory.
A successful political machine has to have monopoly control over the media, and it must be able to corrupt or coerce all the centers of power — the cops, the courts, the drug mafias, the businesses, the rackets. That’s how the global warming conspiracy operated.
Robert Tracinski has been doggedly pursuing this story, and he points out that the liberal media were in cahoots with the machine:
[A]nyone doubting that the mainstream media is in on it, too, should check out New York Times reporter Andrew Revkin’s toadying apologia for the CRU e-mails, masquerading as a news report.