Tuesday, November 14, 2006

The Religion Of "The Realists"

Margaret Wente encapsulates the conservative dissent on the question of global warming. The main thrust of her argument is this: The "left" is concerned about it, so it must be wrong. Wente thinks people concerned with global warming are casting people like her as holocaust deniers. I think that is wrong. They are closer to creationists who insist, despite all evidence, that the world is 10,000 years old and that evidence to the contrary is based on flawed science and "faith" in the scientific method. There is no reasoning with creationists, just as there is no reasoning with people like Wente (and the rest of the Harperite band). They are a brave minority of "realists" fighting against the world. It is just too romantic a worldview to counter by reason. They need to be shunted to the side so they can carry on their brave fight, alone and unheard. It is how they like it. It makes them feel like their worldview is confirmed.
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