In his book, "Liberal Fascism," Jonah Goldberg explains that the primary mechanism utilized by progressives in restructuring society to their liking is to disassociate every step in the program from the preceding and following ones. "It's just this one little brick," they explain to the conservative who is opposed to the idea of the proposed wall. "Don't be so paranoid ... you didn't mean to take it seriously when we said we intended to build an entire wall. What's the matter with this one brick?"
Of course, the minute that the conservative foolishly accedes to progressive blandishments and allows the brick to be placed, the progressive immediately declares the pressing need to move on to the next brick in the wall. Climategate notwithstanding, Al Gore must feel that the present brick is being satisfactorily laid at Copenhagen, because he has already moved on to declaring the need to further handicap the global economy by reducing the carbon emissions 25 percent more than the climate agreement that will be announced next week.
Even if a deal is reached at the U.N. climate-change talks in Copenhagen next week, it will only be the first step toward the far more radical cuts that are needed in global carbon emissions, Al Gore, former vice president, told the Times last night. Gore said that to avoid the worst ravages of climate change world leaders would have to come together again to set more drastic reductions than those now planned. …
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He insisted that the present goal set for Copenhagen of stabilizing world emissions of carbon dioxide at or below 450 parts per million – enough to prevent a rise in average global temperatures of no more than 2 degrees Celsius – was insufficient and a safer target would be 350 parts per million.
This is insane from historical, scientific, economic and political perspectives. It is historically insane because we know the planet was more than two degrees warmer as recently as 500 years ago. It is scientifically insane because we know beyond any shadow of a doubt that the world is not warming according to any of the predictions based on models which are based on the idea that higher carbon-dioxide levels produce higher temperatures. It is economically insane because it strengthens the contractionary forces that are already in the process of plunging the world into the greatest depression of the modern era. It is politically insane because it reverses more than 300 years of advancing human liberty and democracy.
The global climate-change crusade is nothing more than the latest in a very long line of schemes permitting the governing elite to maintain and expand their power. It will likely succeed, since the larger part of the population that is in a position to stop the crusade is too fat, unimaginative and apathetic to have much interest in what their nominal public servants have in mind for them. The beauty and the curse of a representative democracy is that the people usually get the government they deserve, and what comes out of Copenhagen should accurately testify to what the last 50 years of European and American democracy have merited.
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Republics, like empires, rise and fall over time. What we appear to be witnessing this week as the global leaders go through the ritualized dance of reaching a public agreement is a significant step toward the fall of the American republic and the rise of what increasingly looks like one of the mightiest empires the world has ever known. This is not the first brick in the great pyramid of the new state religion, nor, as Al Gore has made abundantly clear, will it be the last one. We can only hope that this new secular priesthood is more circumspect and less bloody-minded than their historical predecessors.