Friday, June 24, 2011

Surrendering the moral high ground

Lord Monckton has embarrassed himself and damaged his cause by this offensive attack:


Although this week, like every week, I've said things like,

Global warming is the latest refuge of the closet totalitarian ... 
Sense a pattern here? A historical analogy?


Notice how Maoist Arabia’s language is? Demonise doubters. Valorise the collective. Demand individual judgement be subservient to some “national” ideology.

in Monckton's case I want to be outraged. He should just talk about science.


MALCOLM TURNBULL: Monckton is a vaudeville artist. He has no credibility, politically or scientifically, particularly in The United Kingdom and he is a professional sensationalist. So he says these outrageous things in order to get into the press.

Turnbull misrepresents Monckton. I can find only one reference to an actual vaudeville performance from Monckton - at the Temple Theatre, Detroit, December 1, 1902:

Monologist and vocalist. He goes like a cyclone. It is a case of continuous laughter from his entrance to his exit.

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