It is, of course, the Right who are normally accused by the Left of engineering emergencies for the sole purpose of seizing our cherished liberties, or at any rate, those few still remaining. Such suspicions, kept within the sort of moderation that is beyond the capability of the rabid Left, are probably rather sensible but it is worth reminding ourselves that this sort of sly insinuation of Dictatorship for the Greater Good by the Great and Good is not confined to neo-Nazis of the Right. Their comrades (and they are comrades, believe me!) in the Fascist Left are equally adept at the tactic.
Read, especially if you are not sleeping well, Ed Rooksby's post entitled "Doom, Downturn and Doubt". Ed Rooksby is a rarity for a member of the 'Trot-lot' creche in that he lacks that nasty, brutish, snarling face of hatred that is all too apparent with the likes of 'lenin', 'Meaders, 'BionOc' and the rest of the species. He tries from time to time but it never quite works, and every so often a tiny gleam of doubt shines through his witterings so that you just know that 'come the revolution', poor old Ed will collect the bullet in the back of the head even before old re-actionaries like me. Ed's problem is that he is rather dim despite (or because of) the fact that he is studying for a Ph.D. (Regular readers will know at first-hand from this blog's comments that being a Ph.D. is no bar to the ability to spout nonsense!)
Anyway, Ed, in the innocent way of so many academics, has swallowed whole the lying propoganda (I use the words deliberately) of the 'Hot Air Fanatics' (HAFs), such as 'Greenwar' and 'Enemies of the Earth', who tell us continually that 'The End of the World is Nigh'. I call them Hot Air Fanatics because not a little of the reason for the earth warming is due to the hot air they expel from every orifice on a non-stop basis. Before sundry Doctors Emeritus chip in to prove definitely and unanswerably and usually at great length that indeed the earth is warming, let me state clearly that I am absolutely convinced that the temperature is changing for the simple reason that it has always changed since it was created. Whether it is warming or cooling, I know not, and there has to be some doubt because I can still remember the time - 40-years ago? - when the experts told us to expect a new ice-age. The fact that a 180-degree discrepancy has already occurred within my lifetime leads me to doubt the efficacy of all these mad ideas intended to curb warming just as we might be about to go into a deep freeze!
However, let us suppose that the HAFs are right and that the global temperature is increasing. Two questions arise immediately; what should we do about it and, more to the point, should we do anything about it at all? I must asume that, dim or not, Ed Rooksby is conversant with what passes for thinking in HAF circles and that in his resume he is regurgitating their ideas which seem to me to be the stuff of nightmares. What Rooksby suggests is dictatorship, no more, no less. A command state that will enable and empower legions of un-civil masters to boss even the smallest items in our lives. (If, dear reader, like me, you live under a council regime that has just issued pages of edicts in relation to the correct use of the multiple waste bins they have issued, and dire threats if they are mis-used and you find this intolerable then, to quote the greatest president of the 20th c., "You ain't seen nuthin' yet" if Rooksby and the HAFs get their way.
If that is the cure then I can only say that it is worse than the imagined disease. I would rather go out in a blaze of conspicuous consumption than live a minute under the HAF autocracy. It is yet another indication of Rooksby's peurility that despite all the evidence that hits the headlines on an almost daily basis demonstrating the incompetence and the complete incapacity of our un-civil servants to organise anything from a Dome to a terrorist disaster, he wishes to put his trust for the future of our planet in their hands. One is entitled to ask what on earth they actually teach at York University?
But of course, whilst Rooksby and his ilk are the "useful idiots" of the movement, behind them are some very clever people indeed. They will use this earth-warming scare to introduce the sort of Marxist state planning that they dream of. One of the reasons why George Bush is such a good president is that he blew that criminal Kyoto treaty out of the water. Let us hope his successor has similar strength of purpose.