- Through vilifying their opponents, demonologists attempt to close down discussion and debate. Such intolerance towards alternative and dissident opinions betrays the powerful anti-democratic impulse underpinning contemporary demonology...
Sorry, got carried away with a touch of evangelical zeal and mixed metaphor: perhaps Obama needs another speech writer?
Nothing makes for bad politics like religious leaders dabbling in politics. In this instance, the demonology has found a willing supplicant and this, perhaps, will be the greatest legacy of the AGW hype: it was the last great gasp of the limits to growth, anti-development, anti-capitalist, anti-freedom, anti-progress church of the environment.
The problem with churches though is that there's always another one starting somewhere promising enlightenment in exchange for atonement. But unless the religion it is selling also offers hope and self-esteem, the parishioners will always re-locate when they hear the calling of a more authentic leader. And, fundamentally, there is the fatal weakness in environmentalism as a church: it is long on atonement and censure, very short on self-esteem and hope.