There are those of us who will gladly give up their freedom at the first sign of trouble. Of course one could argue that these people were never truly free in the first place - they'll simply exchange their bondage to fear for chains made of the illusion of safety.
Others will not so easily surrender to their fear or give up their liberty. How do you reach them? How do you control them?
One way is to create an environment where everyone feels responsible for everyone else - subjugate the individual to the community. When someone feels responsible for their neighbor they often act in ways they think their neighbor would approve of. Sure we're all adults here, but the reality is we all crave approval.
1981 was the year that we began hearing about the end of the world. That was the year that global cooling became global warming. Somewhere in the last 27 years a vital component was added to the fear formula of global apocalypse... Guilt (read the timeline here).
Apparently, we're all responsible for global warming. It's claimed that our use of carbon based fuels releases so much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that we turning the world into a greenhouse with a CO2 roof - at least that's the theory, the consensus of some scientists.
(Sidebar)Meanwhile, another group of scientists are beginning to worry about a very different threat - another ice age. According to these scientists, the sun is entering an 11 year period of drastically reduced sunspot activity. Historically, high sunspot activity has been correlated to periods of warming. When sunspot activity decreases so do global temperatures.
Consensus is no substitute for scientific fact. In science, even accepted fact is subject to challenge. Otherwise we'd still be living on a flat world where man would only fly if he were born with wings.
In the same way that the Earth shivered when sunspots disappeared, the Earth warmed when sunspot activity became pronounced. The warm period about 1000 years ago known as the Medieval Warm Period — a time of bounty in which grapes grew in England and Greenland was colonized — also was a time of high sunspot activity, called the Medieval Maximum. Since 1900, Earth has experienced what astronomers call “the Modern Maximum” — the 20th century has again been a time of high sunspot activity.If you ask us, it's a heck of a lot more likely that a fusion reactor over 100 times larger than the earth with a volume over 1,000,000 times that of earth that literally holds our solar system together is responsible for cyclical changes in the earth's temperature than all of the fossil fuels ever burned. But that's just us.
But the 1900s are gone, along with the high temperatures that accompanied them. The last 10 years have seen no increase in temperatures — they reached a plateau and then remained there — and the last year saw a precipitous decline. How much lower and for how long the temperatures will fall, if at all, no one yet knows — the science is far from settled on what drives climate.
The truth is, even the most timid of us won't buy that government or any politician could protect us from the sun. However, as long as we're responsible for "climate change" government can keep us safe as long as we're willing to sacrifice, and as long as we're willing to give up our freedom.
Make no mistake, this isn't about saving the planet and it's surely not about scientific truth. It's all about the power to tell you what to drive, how much to eat, how much energy to use... how to live. These are all fundamental freedoms that are tied directly to individual achievement.
The answer is simple... Don't be afraid, don't feel guilty, and don't give up your freedom for some ill-defined, unproven, politically created threat. Use your head and demand proof. The liberty you lose will be your own as will the blame for its loss.