My thanks to Patrick Michaels for bringing my attention to the following paragraphs taken from Dwight Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. Like most people, I was aware of his warning about the “military-industrial complex,” long-since realized. But these paragraphs carry a different warning, one also realized:
“Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.
In this revolution, research has become central; it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.
Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been over shadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity. For every old blackboard there are now hundreds of new electronic computers.
The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.
Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
Two public hoaxes come to mind as I read these words, each brought our way by the power of government money to be the funder and arbiter of what is studied and promoted as “science”: AIDS, and human-caused climate change.
I ran across Michaels in an unusual fashion. YouTube is a heavily censored environment, but there are still useful videos there if we know exactly what we are looking for. I searched in vain for talks promoting climate change as a hoax, and was only taken to sites like PBS, CNN and the like, compromised, and actually used to “debunk” climate change “deniers.”
So I took a different tack: I used a search engine to find a list of climate change deniers. They are ridiculed, of course, but all I wanted was names. Patrick Michaels was the first I found. He is a climatologist and a senior fellow in environmental studies at the Cato Institute. Is it not interesting how my views have shifted over time, at one time thinking Cato to be nothing but a group of right-wing hacks. Listening to Michaels, as I urge the reader to do, teaches me that he is a very smart man with a speaking voice that reminds me of Tom Brokaw … with a brain.
Form your own judgements. You will find him at YouTube by searching, as he will not otherwise turn up.
Here are some other names that came up in my search, most of whom I am unfamiliar with:
The late Michael Crichton belongs on this list.
In addition, we are already familiar with Steve Goreman, another very polished speaker, featured in this post. Readers, please add to this list and please link us to useful websites, books, news articles and videos on this subject. The area of climate change is crawling with mis-informers, even outright liars (Al Gore).
I fear as I become more and more familiar with it that I am beginning to grasp the real agenda hidden behind a 50% reduction in output of CO2 by the year 2050: Population control. Less CO2 means less food, means fewer people. AIDS too, in my view, was aimed at population control. Of course I have mixed emotions, as I wonder how many of us our planet can safely carry. But disingenuous hoaxes are not the way to proceed.
Some suggest that the agenda behind the climate change hoax is money, carbon trading and all of that … possibly, but remember, behind this hoax are people who already have more than enough money.