“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
H.L. Menken H/T Gerard
Are politicians merely modern day versions of the tribal shaman? “Curing” ailments of their own creation with the end result being only that of maintaining their indispensability. I’ve long had my suspicions but watching them push the Gris Gris of global warming to a more and more skeptical public, I’m reminded of the desperate reaction of the shaman when confronted with the reality of a real doctor appearing in the village to treat the afflicted.
Take a look below at these two brief biographies pulled from Wikipedia.
Albert A. Gore Jr.
Former U.S. Senator from Tennesee and
45th Vice President of the U.S.
|Born||March 31, 1948 (age 61)
|Birth name||Albert Arnold Gore, Jr.|
|Spouse(s)||Mary Elizabeth “Tipper” A. Gore|
|Alma mater||Harvard University
|Profession||Author, politician, Environmental activist|
|Religion||Baptist (formerly Southern Baptist)|
|Richard S. Lindzen
Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Born||8 February 1940 (age 69)
|Institutions||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
|Doctoraladvisor||Richard M. Goody|
|Notable students||Siu-shung Hong, John Boyd, Edwin K. Schneider, Jeffrey M. Forbes, Ka-Kit Tung, Christopher Snyder, Gerard Roe|
|Known for||Dynamic Meteorology, Atmospheric tides, Ozone photochemistry, quasi-biennial oscillation, Iris hypothesis|
|Notable awards||NCAR Outstanding Publication Award, Member of the NAS, AMSMeisinger Award, AMS Charney Award, AGUMacelwane Award, Leo Prize of the Wallin Foundation|
Both accomplished men. One in the discipline of science, the other in the arena of elective politics. One an average student and reasonably successful in his chosen endeavors, the other a brilliant student and scholar, recognized by his peers as being at the top of his field. One quite clearly possesing deep knowledge of that which he speaks, the other just as clearly a charlatan, spreading dis-information and encouraging fear among the villagers, thus enhancing his own power.
Via Maggies Farm, this essay by Dr. Lindzen regarding the hucksterism that is evident among the anthropogenic climate change humpers. Tell me why his views on the very subject of his expertise are casually dismissed by close to half the population, yet these same people will blindly follow the ramblings of one Al Gore on a subject that even they if pinned down, will admit he lacks any real in depth knowledge of.
In the words of the late Carl Sagan we live in a demon haunted world, with emotion and superstition playing a still leading role in determining issues which rightly belong in the realm of reason and logic. For all of the technological advances of western civilization over the previous millennium, we still seem as susceptible to the call of tribe and shaman as were our ancient ancestors dancing around a burning effigy.