[Marxism] I told you before I'm not a scientist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jul 20 17:12:58 MDT 2015

(From an exchange between Scalia and an attorney making the case for 
regulation of greenhouse gases in 2006.)

JUSTICE SCALIA: Mr. Milkey, I had -- my problem is precisely on the 
impermissible grounds. To be sure, carbon dioxide is a pollutant, and it 
can be an air pollutant. If we fill this room with carbon dioxide, it 
could be an air pollutant that endangers health. But I always thought an 
air pollutant was something different from a stratospheric pollutant, 
and your claim here is not that the pollution of what we
normally call "air" is endangering health. That isn't, that isn't -- 
your assertion is that after the pollutant leaves the air and goes up 
into the stratosphere it is contributing to global warming.

MR. MILKEY: Respectfully, Your Honor, it is not the stratosphere. It's 
the troposphere.

JUSTICE SCALIA: Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I'm not a 
scientist. (Laughter.) That's why I don't want to have to deal with 
global warming, to tell you the truth.


"Fascism has opened up the depths of society for politics. Today, not 
only in peasant homes but also in city skyscrapers, there lives 
alongside of the twentieth century the tenth of the thirteenth. A 
hundred million people use electricity and still believe in the magic 
power of signs and exorcisms. The Pope of Rome broadcasts over the radio 
about the miraculous transformation of water into wine. Movie stars go 
to mediums. Aviators who pilot miraculous mechanisms created by man's 
genius wear amulets on their sweaters. What inexhaustible reserves they 
possess of darkness, ignorance, and savagery! Despair has raised them to 
their feet, fascism has given them a banner. Everything that should have 
been eliminated from the national organism in the form of cultural 
excrement in the course of the normal development of society has now 
come gushing out from the throat; capitalist society is puking up the 
undigested barbarism. Such is the psychology of National Socialism."

Leon Trotsky, "What is National Socialism", 1933

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