How to Talk to a Climate Change Denier. The
latest report of the International Panel on Climate Change,
along with ninety-eight percent of all active climate
scientists agree: the global climate is changing and humans
are primarily responsible. Yet the deniers persist, claiming
that this consensus is the result of a conspiracy, bribery,
or plain error on the part of those thousands of scientists.
There remains only one remaining explanation: the scientists
are right, and human civilization faces unparallel perils
unless massive action is taken and soon.
REPRISE: “A Convenient
Delusion." Citations of scientific evidence for human
caused global warning and its consequences. Responses by climate
change skeptics and deniers, and their public relations methods.
(From December 28, 2009).
“Climate Reality Bites the Libertarians.”
The consensus of climate scientists that human
technology has altered the global climate bears serious
implications for libertarianism. Unconstrained capitalism,
championed by the libertarians, has led to the climate crisis.
And the required coordinated response to the crisis by the world
governments is anathema to libertarianism. (From April 8,
Conscience of a Progressive.
A Book in Progress
European Friends: Understanding "The Stupid" in U.S. Politics.
Here are informative hints, and some historical contexts, to
help decipher the current bizarro world of Washington, D.C. It's
a 50-year-long descent into Republican partisan warfare, with
some post-Civil War resentments added to the Tea Party mix. Read
it and weep.
The Fast Lane to Fascism: A Review of John Dean's "Conservatives
Without Conscience." Dean
quotes from voluminous studies by social psychologist/researcher
Bob Altemeyer, who -- after examining the attitude of tens of
thousands of [conservative ] subjects in interviews and
questionnaires -- concluded that "acceptance of traditional
religious beliefs appear to have more to do with having a
personality rich in authoritarian submission, authoritarian
aggression, and conventionalism, than with the beliefs per se."
(First published August 1, 2006)
Guest Essays -- Archive