Prejudice Subordinates Judgement Every Time

Alexis de Tocqueville was a fucking prophet. I’m thinking of starting a religion. Can anyone guess what I’m reading? Here’s a hint:

A democratic government is the only one in which those who vote for a tax can escape the obligation to pay it.

Well, here’s another:

Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

And finally, here’s the proof of his Divine Gift:

The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.
 

A prophet, I tell you. It’s enough to make you believe in the Divine. Well, it’s enough to convince me that Tocqueville was brilliant. [Full Disclosure: I found the quotes above on some website. I didn’t have the sense to write anything down while reading  Democracy in America. So the quotes could come from some other Tocqueville work.] At any rate, go read. It’s scary good.

Oh, and what a coincidence! It seems I’m not the only one with Tocqueville traipsing through the thinker.

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Climate Modeling, Redux

Gregory Young over at American Thinker wrote a great post about climate modeling. I can’t complain about most of it. It’s the same stuff I’ve screamed time and time again.

I do take offense at one issue. Here’s the quote that sums the issue:

Like all modeling, one attempts to study the past through scientific observation, accurately and unbiasedly collect the data, and then fit the data to a dynamic computer model that is meant to predict, to some degree of accuracy, some measure of tomorrow.  In this way scientists hope to discover trends that not only document the past, but could forecast the future. 

Computer modeling does not try to predict the future. Scientists and engineers are not fortune tellers predicting that someone tall dark and handsome will enter your life after a long trip.

Computer modeling is nothing more than an approximation of an output based on a series of inputs. And the inputs are nothing more than assumptions  based on biases, approximations, pseudo-science, bad science, junk science, science, guesses, inaccurate measurements, accurate measurements, estimates, statistics, plain thin air, and the color Al Gore’s underpants last Tuesday (orange and hot pink plaid, if you really must know – and don’t ask how I know… I am a woman of mystery).

Computer modeling output is a scenario dependant upon a very narrow and precise set of circumstances. It’s not predicting the future. We should stay away from that language. It makes the scientific and engineering community look like spoon benders at the circus.

To the average Joe, the climate change community already appears to be a cult with a doomsday Apocalyptic message. Scientists and engineers should take care that they are not tainted by the Church of Climate Change’s overly zealous claims and predictions.

“Fossil” Fuels

FYI: Laughing your ass off while getting over a serious sinus problem hurts.

And I’ve been laughing for a good thirty minutes.

What’s that, Chicken Little? The sky is falling? Oh really? Are you sure?

Here’s the thing: They never were sure. They used the “global warming” hysteria as a political maneuver to try to bring the US to heel. And they ended up starving a lot of people, wrecking many countries’ economies, and converting a lot of people to the false Church of Global Warming.

And for their next act, they’ll ignore the increasing number of man-made climate change dissenters because the dissenters are obviously in the pocket of Big Mean Ol’ Business.

So where’s my check Big Business? I’m waiting.

UPDATE: HA! Imagine no Global Warming. Cute.

Baby Steps

Reject Society has a great post up about Socialism. The comments are down over there, so I’m going to comment here on Collin Williams’ post. The quoted portions are from the post at Reject Society. You don’t need to read the post at Reject Society* to understand what I’m writing about below, but you should read it anyway. It’s a good one.

I am wondering what it will be like when us Generation X types start taking over.

We’ll never get that chance. The Baby Boomers vastly outnumber us. And Generation X is the first generation in human history that has a shorter average life expectancy than the previous generation. So by the time the Baby Boomers are almost all gone, most of Generation X will also be gone. It’ll be up to Generation Y to make changes because I don’t see the Baby Boomers giving up any of the government perks for which they’ve voted.

I suppose Generations X and Y could gang up on the Boomers. I don’t know if we’d have enough numbers even then. And I don’t see how that could be effective as long as the Boomers run Washington.

…[Speaking of] an outright push by both primary political parties for socialism. I am still researching exactly when and how that warp speed to disaster started.

I’ve done no serious research into it, but I have a gut feeling. I think the roots of it began with public schools. Liberals who were more than a little sympathetic to socialism gravitated towards teaching positions in government schools. This was exacerbated with the hippy counter culture, which also gravitated towards teaching positions. All of these socialist/liberal teachers have influenced American school children for at least two generations, perhaps more. Their influence is so great that issues which were once seemingly completely socialist and an anathema to American rights were soon seen as logical, proper steps to take for the greater good. In short, they desensitized the American public towards socialism to such an extent that a great many people don’t recognize socialism and the dangers of it when they are face to face with it.

But I think that the true push began with the end of the cold war. Communism was supposedly defeated. “Former” communists joined the environmental movement and soon found supporters within the elected liberal camp. By this time, the American public had been so desensitized to Socialism that even conservatives began espousing socialist principles.

we have all become slaves

Socialism… in a nutshell. 

LATER: Speaking of Socialism, that reminds me of a quote:

Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evilminded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

 -Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Socialism is always seemingly for “the greater good” isn’t it?

*I don’t like the upside down US flag on the Reject Society blog. I understand why it’s a tempting symbol. I just have and like to show a little more respect for Old Glory than that.

It Couldn’t Happen Here

Oh really?

Many of the ideas behind US legislation originates in Europe and the UK. So you better believe that this scares me. If such random searches were to happen here, they would be, of course, for our own good.

Isn’t what they always say? Who cares if it hurts? Who cares if your rights are violated? Who cares if the presumption of innocence has been removed from procedure? Stand still, be quiet, and take it because it’s for your own good.

 

It’s Always For The Greater Good

I’m reading Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism; I’m a couple of pages into the first chapter (which deals with Mussolini). Goldberg connects “belief” with fascism in a way I’ve never before considered. The principles and promises of fascism need not be true for the movement to be successful. As long as followers of those principles believe the promises, and as long as the unbelieving leaders are good liars, the leaders of the movement can use that popular belief to “bring the masses under control for the greater good.”

In the book, Goldberg explains that before the fall of Hitler, both Mussolini and fascism were widely applauded by liberals. But just as equally applauded was communism. After Hitler’s atrocities toward Jews were exposed following WWII, fascism became associated with genocide, racism, and a whole host of other nastiness. So the liberal praise and applause that had formerly belonged to fascism migrated to communism.

So. I told you all that to get to this and to explain what started my kettle boiling.

I’ve been thinking about all that liberal applause, praise, and general idolatry that was heaped upon communism. Where did it go after the fall of communism? Liberal idolatry was left without a target. Certainly some have praised Cuba, but not as loudly and with as many numbers as once praised communism. I think that the liberals who once praised communism so greatly found a home within the environmental movement.

Whether they truly believe in the movement, I don’t know. The movement is so strong; I’m sure that many, if not most people involved in it, are true believers.* But according to Mussolini, belief by leaders isn’t important. As long as the people believe, they can be subjugated; they can be controlled; they can be manipulated. Religions have been doing this for some time. The brilliance of Mussolini was in his taking the lessons of control and domination from the religious leaders he despised and applying them to the state (and I mean “brilliance” in that he was smart to figure it out, not that I agree with it).

The environmental movement is the perfect breeding ground for modern day liberal fascism. It contains within its principals the idea that men must be controlled for their own good, indeed, even for the good of the planet. Corporations must be regulated. People can only buy certain items. People must live a certain way. Dissent is not allowed. Merely questioning their promises and principles is not tolerated.** The principals are simple: Government must keep a tight handle on us all or else the planet is destroyed.

The environmental movement sounds an awful lot like religion to me. Even more, it sounds like good old fashioned Italian politics a la Mussolini.

*(Really. There are too many of them that are absolutely nuts to be faking it. And they’re not nuts in a good, fun, healthy way such that you want to hang out with them and watch Survivor. They’re nuts in a bunny boiling way. And that’s not fun to be around at all.)

**(Seriously, have you ever critically questioned a true climate change believer about climate computer modeling? OMG. They take it very personally. Muslims have been known to react less violently when faced with critical questions about Muhammad. Oy. Anyway. I’ll get to climate computer models in another post.)