I have seen this happen in my life, and described it but did not give it a name … police are sure they have identified the perpetrator of a crime, but do not have evidence that will stand up in court. So they manufacture it. They are justified in their minds in doing this because they are sure the person is guilty and belongs behind bars. The end justifies the means.
This is common not just in police work, but many other fields, including climate science.
The name given this behavior is “noble cause corruption“, and that phrase was coined by Professor of Philosophy Edwin Delattre in 1989. Wikipedia has a nice entry on it, using the movie Dirty Harry as an example. In that movie, Detective Harry Callahan uses intimidation, violence and murder to achieve justice.
I just had a fifteen minute wait, no longer, for an appointment, and that was enough time to read Understanding the Climate Change Movement Part 2: Noble Cause Corruption, by Dr. Paul Rossiter, whose doctorate is in physics. In the article he takes the Climate Change movement to its origins, and is the second person I have read who traces it back to the Club of Rome.
Here is a snippet from the article, from the 1991 Club of Rome report: The First Global Revolution by Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider:
“The common enemy of humanity is man”.
“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill. All these dangers are caused by human intervention, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then, is humanity itself”.
“The old democracies have functioned reasonably well over the last 200 years, but they appear now to be in a phase of complacent stagnation with little evidence of real leadership and innovation”.
“Democracy is not a panacea. It cannot organize everything and it is unaware of its own limits. These facts must be faced squarely. Sacrilegious though this may sound, democracy is no longer well suited for the tasks ahead. The complexity and the technical nature of many of today’s problems do not always allow elected representatives to make competent decisions at the right time.”
That sums up Climate Change Alarmism. It seeks to end democratic governance and human progress that results from cheap energy. The end justifies the means. They needed a cause so big that it transcended borders and governments. But it is far more in tune with the words of H.L. Mencken, that …
“The urge to save the planet is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.”
Dr. Judith Curry, herself a victim of slander by climate scientists, refers to their collective movement as a “Madhouse Effect.” It is indeed noble cause corruption, writ large:
- Rampant overconfidence in a simplistic theory of climate change.
- Enforcement of a politically motivated, manufactured ‘consensus.’
- Attempts to stifle scientific and policy debates.
- Activism and advocacy for their preferred politics and policy.
- Self-promotion and ‘cashing in.” [Think Al Gore]
- Violation of the traditional norms of science: disinterestedness, organized skepticism.
- Public attacks on other scientists who do not support the ‘consensus.’
- Institutional rewards for ‘madhouse scientists.’
(Her emphasis. This link is to a video that features her.)
I have watched Dr. Michael Mann, originator of the infamous Hockey Stick, in countless interviews and debates. I have read his Climategate emails. He is hard to take. As with Al Gore, he seems free to make any outlandish statement, apparently knowing he will not be fact-checked in our news media. I have even seen him break down in tears in a news panel interview, showing that his shame knows no bottom. I find him a repulsive man, and at the same time, I strive to understand … he’s just an actor, and that is what actors do. They act. Have I forgiven Anthony Hopkins for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter? No. There is nothing to forgive. It was just good acting.
Anyway, the article is well worth your time if you are looking for insight into the Madhouse Climate Scientists movement.