Monday, 7 December 2009

James Hansen


"Intensification of struggle". James Hansen's response to the Climategate scandal (over which you seem to have gone in to "la la la we can't hear you!" mode), published in the UK's Guardian newspaper and reprinted in your own today, bears the tactical hallmark of one of history's most successful opponents of capitalist exploitation.

So Hansen claims that the Copenhagen conference must fail to produce a political agreement - not because it is all based on a combination of scientific corruption, political rent-seeking and anti-liberty sentiment - but because it doesn't go so far as to recognize that economic production is akin to slavery. (How can anyone fail to have an "Oh my god" moment upon reading that monstrous comparison?)

Just as the Climategate scandal revealed that the threat of global warming has been significantly exaggerated, Hansen's thought follows the line of one of history's giants. Admittance of errors and repentance for misleading public perception is of course a price too high to pay for those soldiers of science dedicated to the noble aim of saving the planet from capitalist exploitation. Instead, Hansen throws down this principle - minus its' echoes in forgotten, ignored and covered-up 20th Century events of course - as an example to all lesser eco-warriors: "intensification of struggle".

I'll say it if nobody else will: that man - just like the historical figure from whom he has borrowed his principle of political action - is a monster.

As ever,
Michael Fagan

(Sent: Monday 7th Decemer 2009. Unpublished by the Taipei Times)

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