[Marxism] The Best and the Brightest Led America Off a Cliff

Barry Brooks durable at earthlink.net
Mon Dec 8 18:29:55 MST 2008

Yes, the nation’s elite universities disdain 
honest intellectual inquiry. The nation's
non-elite disdain anything that doesn't feel



By George Monbiot. Published in the Guardian 
9th December 2008

We all create our own reality, and shut out 
the voices we do not want to hear. But there 
is no issue we are less willing to entertain 
than manmade climate change. Here, three 
worlds seem to exist in virtual isolation. In 
the physical world, global warming appears to 
be spilling over into runaway feedback: the 
most dangerous situation humankind has ever 
encountered. In the political world – at the 
climate talks in Poznan for example – our 
governments seem to be responding to 
something quite different: a minor nuisance 
which can be addressed in due course. Only 
the Plane Stupid protesters who occupied part 
of Stansted airport yesterday appear to have 
understood the scale and speed of this 
crisis. In cyberspace, by contrast, the 
response spreading fastest and furthest is 
flat-out denial.

The most popular article on the Guardian’s 
website last week was the report showing that 
2008 is likely to be the coolest year since 
2000(1). As the Met Office predicted, global 
temperatures have been held down by the La 
Nina event in the Pacific Ocean. This news 
prompted a race on the Guardian’s comment 
thread to reach the outer limits of idiocy. 
Of the 440 responses posted by lunchtime 
yesterday, about 80% insisted that manmade 
climate change is a hoax. Here are some clips 
from this conversation:

“This is a scam to get your money. …The only 
people buying into “global warming” have no 
experience with any of the sciences”.

“If we spend ANY money or cost one person 
their job because of this fraud it would be a 
crime. When will one of our politicians stand 
up and call this for what it is, BULLSH1T!”

“What a set of jokers these professors are … 
I think I understand more about climate 
change than them and I don’t get paid a big 
fat salary with all the perks to go with it.”

And so on, and on and on

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