Danny Adams (madwriter) wrote,
Danny Adams

Change Your Own Climate And Live And Let Live

In the last few years I've heard rhetoric from a lot of D.C. Republicans who believed that it was OK to trash freedoms inherent in the Bill of Rights in the name of National Security, but the freedom to pollute the planet as much as you want must be preserved at all costs.

The latest salvo in the global warming debate doesn't go quite that far, though it does come down squarely on the "Do what you want" side: "Freedom, not climate, is at risk" by Vaclav Klaus, appears in yesterday's online edition of the Financial Times. The author's credentials are that he is the president of the Czech Republic, so at least he isn't a D.C. NeoCon.

That said, however, I find myself in almost complete agreement with everything idea he offers at the end of his piece. In fact I'll go so far as to say I think the current administration in Washington needs to pay close heed to Klaus' advice. "As a witness to today’s worldwide debate on climate change," he writes, "I suggest the following", and then we get a list which includes these items:

  • "Any suppression of freedom and democracy should be avoided".

    Here here! No more warrantless wiretapping, no more incarceration without charges, no more pot shots at the U.S. Constitution.

  • "Instead of organising people from above, let us allow everyone to live as he wants".

    Indeed, live and let live. Even if those people are anti-Bush, homosexual, or follow a different religion than you.

  • "Let us resist the politicisation of science and oppose the term “scientific consensus”, which is always achieved only by a loud minority, never by a silent majority".

    Again, I totally agree with this, and suggest in turn that we start doing embryonic stem cell research immediately.

  • "Let us be humble but confident in the spontaneous evolution of human society. Let us trust its rationality and not try to slow it down or divert it in any direction".

    Once again, I agree. Let's take "regime change" off the table for now and hereafter.

  • "Let us not scare ourselves with catastrophic forecasts, or use them to defend and promote irrational interventions in human lives".

    Yes, an excellent point! So the next time you hear a talking head warning you about what Osama bin Laden is planning (especially when his latest tape just happens to come out right before an election), or nuclear bombs flying out of Iran, or dirty bombs exploding all over Washington, or "homegrown cells" wanting to impossibly make liquid bombs on planes or blow up airport pipelines against all the laws of physics, don't let Washington promote any irrational intervention in your life and certainly not, as the author urges above, to take away any of your freedom.

    President Klaus, if I were wearing a hat at the moment, it would be off to you.
  • Tags: climate change, environment, politics
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