April 08, 2010
fighting the high priests of religious emissions
First they said that cows caused global warming. I dutifully repeated their claim until I was blue in the face.
But now they're saying that cows don't cause global warming after all!
Livestock could actually be good for the environment according to a new study that found grazing cows or sheep can cut emissions of a powerful greenhouse gas.Quick! A new study is needed, so we can tell the hapless dupes who fret and worry over their footprints that they can go back to worrying about cows again! And while they're at it, they need to find a way to suppress news reports about the arctic ice that isn't supposed to be there, but is at normal levels anyway.
In many ways, this new religion is worse than the old. Used to be they were stuck having to argue over interpretations of existing rules. Now the rules are made up constantly. And while the old religion might have been annoying, at least in free countries the priests really couldn't compel non-believers to believe, nor could they force them to do things. It used to be that if you didn't believe in a religion, you had a right to be left alone.
No more. This is the sort of invasive thinking that transformed John Stossel from a Kennedy-style "liberal" into a libertarian:
We know that conservatives want government to conserve traditional values. They say they're for limited government, but they're pro-drug war, pro-immigration restriction and anti-abortion, and they often support "nation-building."Stossel notes that leaving people alone used to be the essence of liberalism. It was a reaction against authoritarian control freaks:
Ironically, that used to be called "liberal," which has the same root as "liberty." Several hundred years ago, liberalism was a reaction against the stifling rules imposed by aristocracy and established religion.Well, I kind of like "Tea Partier" these days. Not just because it annoys the hell out of authoritarian control freaks, but because the Tea Party movement is essentially leaderless. No leader means no one to let you down, no one to tell you what to do, and no one to tax your emissions!
MORE: Speaking of the high priests of religious emissions, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has is urging San Franciscans to go without meat. On "meatless Mondays":
SAN FRANCISCO -- Besides approving rules against using plastic grocery bags, mixing recycling with compost, and smoking in sidewalk cafes, San Francisco supervisors have passed a resolution asking residents to observe meatless Mondays.Via Clayton Cramer, who has more on the obvious religious implications of this nonsense.
posted by Eric on 04.08.10 at 12:44 PM
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