Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Global Warming DoubleThink

In a Frontier Centre for Public Policy article, Dr. Tim Ball described something straight out of science fiction:

# Warming is causing global cooling.
# The sun has virtually nothing to do with global temperature change.
# Carbon dioxide, a harmless gas essential to life on Earth is labeled a toxic
substance and a pollutant and must be reduced.

# Rewarding failures will reduce the number of failures.
# Punishing success will encourage more success.
# You can have more freedom by letting the government control more of your life.
# You get out of debt by going further into debt.
# The best people to get you out of trouble are the ones who got you there.

In George Orwell's frighteningly prescient book, 1984, doublethink was
the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them....To tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to forget any fact that has become inconvenient, and then, when it becomes necessary again, to draw it back from oblivion for just so long as it is needed, to deny the existence of objective reality and all the while to take account of the reality which one denies — all this is indispensably necessary. Even in using the word doublethink it is necessary to exercise doublethink. For by using the word one admits that one is tampering with reality; by a fresh act of doublethink one erases this knowledge; and so on indefinitely, with the lie always one leap ahead of the truth.

If we don't wake up, we'll all end up in Room 101.

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