Weeping for polar bears and the fatal conceit 394

Believers in the nonsense of "global warming" have managed to get polar bears declared a threatened species, although they have survived for millenia through many actual warmings and coolings, are highly  adaptable, and more numerous now than ever before to human knowledge.

This is a prize example of public sentimentality. Why choose polar bears to pity? Because they are like big cuddly toys, all furry and white. And so appealingly photogenic.  To preserve such darlings we should change our whole way of life to something far less free and comfortable,  in obedience to the commands of the prevailing ALGORITHM.

Yet the chance that they might be destroyed as a species is so remote as to be negligible.

George Will, writing in Townhall (May 22, 2008) puts the case this way: "The bears will be threatened  IF the current episode of warming, IF there really is one, is, unlike in the previous episodes, irreversible, and IF it intensifies , and IF it continues to melt sea ice vital to the bears, and IF the bears, unlike in many previous warming episodes, cannot adapt." (My emphases.)

He also points out that this kind of prediction influencing government action is what Friedrich Hayek called THE FATAL CONCEIT: the idea that government can know the future and control it. And he reminds us that the THE FATAL CONCEIT IS THE AGENDA OF THE LEFT.

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Posted under Commentary by Jillian Becker on Thursday, May 22, 2008

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