Having achieved its political goals in the recently completed domestic campaign (if not, necessarily, as a business concern) the New York Times has turned it focus abroad, hoping to poison the public opinion well for the latest president in the European Union’s rotating premiership:
In the 1980s, a Communist secret police agent infiltrated clandestine economics seminars hosted by Vaclav Klaus, a fiery future leader of the Czech Republic, who had come under suspicion for extolling free market virtues. Rather than reporting on Marxist heresy, the agent was most struck by Mr. Klaus’s now famous arrogance.
“His behavior and attitudes reveal that he feels like a rejected genius,” the agent noted in his report, which has since been made public. “He shows that whoever does not agree with his views is stupid and incompetent.”
Which might normally be taken as high praise, given the source. But Mr. Klaus, whatever his other virtues might be, is a heretic on the issue of climate change. And that will simply not do:
Human-caused climate change is being “promoted with religious zeal … there are fundamentalist organisations which will do anything to silence critics. They have their holy books, their prophet [is] Al Gore. And they are promoting a story which is frightening us witless [using] guilt [and urging] penance.”
It is difficult for non-scientists to engage in the debate over what causes climate change and whether or not it can be stopped by new taxes and slower growth, because dissenting voices are shouted down by true believers in the scientific community who claim they alone have the authority to speak.
Quadrant is under fire for publishing articles by sceptics but, as its editor, Keith Windschuttle, said on Monday night, “People who are really confident [of their facts] relish debate.”
The Times is not really interested in a debate on climate change, its causes, consequences or remedies. After all, the J-School boys there understand that all this is “settled science.” Settled scientists having told them so. And if the a sceptical new EU president can not be silenced, he can at least be slighted. The campaign continues.
“Progress” is never complete.