Drip-drip-drip of a revolution.

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Submitted by Marcus on Sun, 2007-03-04 18:16

Jeremy Clarkson (of Top Gear) puts his finger on the motivation behind the current socialist trend of control.

"When the French and Russian proletariat rose up against the middle and upper classes, they made a lot of noise and used pitchforks. Whereas here the revolutionaries are using stealth and a drip-drip-drip policy of never-ending legislation...You have to remember that trade unionists and antinuclear campaigners didn’t go away. They just morphed into eco-mentalists because they realised that global warming was a better weapon than striking..."

Drip-drip-drip of a revolution

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"Durkin made a persuasive

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"Durkin made a persuasive case, outlining the idea that Western politicians are whipping up gloabl warming propaganda as a key strategy in hindering industrial progress in the underdeveloped world. As conspiracy theories go, it was one to warm to."

BTW, I just watched this and the show did NOT elude to any such conspiracy theory (maybe I missed something). It merely illustrated the kind of damage that flaky leftist do gooders do when they try to promote their bullshit agendas in poor countries. Developing countries need capitalism, industry and foreign investment, not this "sustainable energy" garbage or any new aid program.

- Jason

Jason D. Quintana is not associated with the Ayn Rand Institute -- neither as a writer nor as a speaker.

Rush commented on it on the

Rush commented on it on the radio show. At least 20 million Americans know about the program.


Islam insofar as it is directed by governments, and as a measure enforced from above by any government, is to be done away with.

Marcus, that's good news

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Marcus, that's good news that the program was aired and that it received a serious, respectful, and favorable response in whole or in part (except for your left-wing paper, the Guardian).

In the U.S., it would be very difficult for a program -- even on Fox, owned by right wing to libertarian media baron Rupert Murdoch -- like this to be aired & for it to be favorably commented on by respected outlets, except by the Wall Street Journal and -maybe- one or two very marginal conservative outlets in the *whole country*, e.g., a sex and sensationalism tabloid like the NY Post. But the national newspapers, the mainstream media in my country seems more stupid or brainwashed or intellecually pussy-whipped, apparently, on this subject than in England.

Well, Phil

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They are all national broadsheets, i.e. non-tabloids - except for the Metro which is a free-newspaper read by millions of rail and subway commuters each day.

The Telegraph is considered a pro-Conservative newspaper, the Independent is left-wing mostly and the Metro doesn't have a consistent bias as far as I know.

Marcus, a bit of context: I

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Marcus, a bit of context:

I know that the Times is on the right and the Guardian on the left, but what is the politics of the Metro, the Independent, and the Telegraph...and are they -major- influential papers, or ignored by intellectuals (like the NY Post and the Washington Times in the U.S.)?

Conspiracy theory

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Can't wait to see it!

Though, if it does actually make it to our shores, it'll probably be bought up by the state channel and played after midnight on a Sunday.

Media Response

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This documentary was excellent. I will post my full response tomorrow. But until then, here are the responses of some of the newspapers today.

The Metro (4 out of 5 stars)

"Durkin made a persuasive case, outlining the idea that Western politicians are whipping up gloabl warming propaganda as a key strategy in hindering industrial progress in the underdeveloped world. As conspiracy theories go, it was one to warm to."

The Times

"You were left feeling that climate change was now less an issue and more a doom-laden religion demanding sacrifice to Gaia for our wicked fossil fuel-driven ways. Some of Durkin’s interviewees certainly felt that they were being victimised as “heretics”. As Patrick Moore, the co-founder of Greenpeace, remarked: “If you’re sceptical about the litany behind climate change, it’s suddenly as if you’re a Holocaust denier.” That’s not healthy for science, which surely needs a climate of reasoned debate rather than consensus."


The Guardian (traditionally a pro-Labour part left-wing newspaper)

"I know Channel 4 has a new remit of its own devising, to make trouble and stir up hornets' nests and all that, but what this amounts to is not mischievous subversion, it's just more of that age-old Fox News formula: take a surprising fact that might make people think, but won't make a programme on its own; gather together some bouncy commentators, stick a snooty voice over the top, create a sense of conflict without properly interrogating the positions taken within it, and aah, Bisto!, you have successfully brought to the world the smell of confusion."


The Independent

"Last night Channel 4 broadcast Martin Durkin's The Great Global Warming Swindle, in which an impressive line-up of scientists disputed every facet of this fashionable assumption. As I pointed out when previewing the film, the moral force of Durkin's argument is that while the likes of Al Gore claim to be acting principally in the interests of the Third World, it is the countries of Africa and Asia who have most to gain through global economic growth and rapid industrialisation - and most to lose through policies which seek to limit that growth."


The Telegraph

"As conspiracy theories go, it’s a beauty. The suggestion being that the defining moral and political cause of our age is a big fat fraud being perpetrated by an international cabal of scientists hungry for grants. And journalists even hungrier for scare stories. The odd thing is, stripped of the more melodramatic elements, many of the programme’s claims were genuinely intriguing, even convincing. Such as that the sun, and not mankind, is always going to be the chief driver of climate change. And that many of the alternative theories attacked as “heresies” actually fill many of the gaping holes in mainstream global warming theory."


I heard about this, Marcus...

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...a full report after you've seen it, please.

The Great Global Warming Swindle TV Documentary

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A terrestrial channel in the UK (channel 4) is broadcasting a documentary this thursday entitled: "The Great Global Warming Swindle".

"The film features an impressive roll-call of experts, including nine professors – experts in climatology, oceanography, meteorology, environmental science, biogeography and paleoclimatology – from such reputable institutions as MIT, NASA, the International Arctic Research Centre, the Institut Pasteur, the Danish National Space Center and the Universities of London, Ottawa, Jerusalem, Winnipeg, Alabama and Virginia.

The film hears from scientists who dispute the link between carbon dioxide levels and global temperatures."

This the first-time I have seen anything like this on UK TV and I am really looking forward to it. Hopefully it will stir up a debate, but the true-believers are not easily moved.

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