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‘What It’s Like to be a Climate Change Skeptic’

July 16th, 2014 - 7:23 pm

“It’s not pretty, even if your credentials are impeccable,” Neo-Neocon writes:

John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, says he remembers the morning he spotted a well-known colleague at a gathering of climate experts.

“I walked over and held out my hand to greet him,” Dr. Christy recalled. “He looked me in the eye, and he said, ‘No.’ I said, ‘Come on, shake hands with me.’ And he said, ‘No.’ ”

Neo adds, “It’s fortunate for Dr. Christy that burning at the stake has gone out of style.” But paradoxically amongst carbon-obsessed warmists, book-burning is making a rapid comeback, at least at San Jose State:

At speaking of the academic left believing that books have evil talismanic powers, Aaron Clarey spots a hilariously overblown reaction from a librarian who came across my February interview with Aaron on his then-new book Bachelor Pad Economics.

A hundred years ago, a central tenet of the left was “epater la bourgeoisie” — or shock the middle class. Apparently, they didn’t consider that their ideology would become so sclerotic and brittle that it would eventually transform them into a remarkably vapour-prone class of the bourgeois in constant search of the fainting couch. But then, as original Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts once said, you can only be avant-garde for so long before you come garde.

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Leftists are intolerant. That’s why they win.

Since Hitler, the Left has compared, loudly and frequently its enemies, to Hitler; in this case using “denier” (as in “Holocaust Denier”) as a term of abuse for scientists who aren’t persuaded by rhetoric and who need proof.

It’s a great tactic. And it’s been 100% successful for decades. How often does anyone described as a racists, a “phobe,” a Right-Winger (with the capitalization) win their battles?

Intolerance wins.

If only Americans had been intolerant of anarchists, socialists, and communists in the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, and even 1950s, then there would have been no “long march through the institutions,” no “cultural war,” the Democrat Party wouldn’t have been completely absorbed by the Communist Party, and we wouldn’t be living under the lawless Obama tyranny today.
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