Mark Steyn on the growing criminalization of dissent

Mark Steyn 2014.jpg From Mark:

The point I made – about the criminal enforcement of state ideology – has since been reinforced by the disgusting behavior of 20 (so far) attorneys-general from California to the US Virgin Islands ganging up to investigate and charge “climate deniers” for the crime of holding a different opinion and exercising their First Amendment right to express it. As I noted in my testimony, a group of lavishly enriched climate scientists led by Professor Jagadish Shukla of George Mason University recently urged the President to prosecute climate dissenters under RICO racketeering laws. In fact, the behavior of Shukla and his gang more closely resembles that of racketeers – as does the conspiracy of state attorneys-general. The freedom-of-information release of Shukla’s emails is most instructive. As one professor, Alex Bozmoski, cautions his colleagues:

It’s just an impossible topic to not scream hard-core left. You’re talking about prosecuting conservatives.

Quite. This is the pitiful state to which “settled science” has been reduced: show trials for apostates.

Senator Ed Markey from Massachusetts did not take kindly to the presence of dissenters in the world’s most augustly august body. Here’s me and the very courageous Dr Judith Curry pushing back against the extraordinarily ill-mannered Bay State brute: More.

Not to delude ourselves: Many science bureaucrats will find such a state of affairs convenient. In science, as in religion, the ability to just shut up critics can stand in for achievement. It’s especially helpful if there haven’t been that many achievements to boast of recently.

It will take time, after all, to undermine falsifiability and to institute non-evidence-based science. Shutting up small groups of dissenters work much faster.

See also: Bill Nye and jail time for climate change dissenters

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Why the case is important: Because it puts the courts in the position of adjudicating science as such:

  • Alain

    As always Mark is bang on.

  • V10_Rob

    Two can play this game. Charge climate change advocates with fraud and grand larceny (against taxpayers).

    • Alain

      Unfortunately that only works when the state remains neutral on the subject, which isn’t the case here.

  • There’s nothing wrong if somebody wants to go “primitive” again — at any level they choose. Nothing in a free Democracy prevents anyone from doing that. Lots of people are experimenting with “living off-the-grid” for example.

    But the climato-enviro-islamo-homo-femeno-raceo-aborto-Marxio groups want EVERYONE to do that and make it a matter of law. These people are not doing something “in the spirit of the ’60’s” — sixties people were libertarians. I lived on a couple different communes back in the day — nobody said: “let’s lobby Government to force everybody else to live like us”.

    The Marxists have once again appropriated somebody else’s culture: the ’60’s.