Thursday, June 14, 2007

Freedom, not climate, is at risk

A very timely comment from Vaclav Klaus. His main point:
  • As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism, not in communism. This ideology wants to replace the free and spontaneous evolution of mankind by a sort of central (now global) planning.
  • The issue of global warming is more about social than natural sciences and more about man and his freedom than about tenths of a degree Celsius changes in average global temperature.
Freedom also extends into discussion about climate change. The reactions to this post on the politicised nature of the climate debate are indicative of the ideological constraints now pervading discussions, both in the mainstream media, in politics and, sadly, in the blogosphere.

The first sign of a zealot is the refusal to see anything but the "correct" view in any dialogue. Contemporary environmentalism as Klaus correctly identifies is fuelled by a dominant, mis-guided zeal.