Saturday, January 08, 2005

Apparently, The Sky Is Not Falling

In his new novel, State of Fear, Michael Crichton posits a useful political/social paradigm, which he calls the "politico-legal-media complex" (PLM). The PLM relies on real or imagined fears in the populace as motivators and to justify their actions. Terrorism has replaced the Cold War as a fear factor for the politicians, lawyers still make hay with the dangers of society and class strife, and, currently, the media has used global warming/catastrophic climate change to entertain us. Unfortunately, the media have helped stifle legitimate scientific thought that runs counter to their preconceived notions.

This article, The Press Gets It Wrong, by Richard S. Lindzen, a former member of the National Academy of Sciences, clearly shows the role the media have played in trying to foist the Kyoto Treaty on us all. It's a chilling example of how leftist media and uneducated leftist activists can work with leftist politicians to stampede us into foolish actions.

Update: If the link for Lindzen's story doesn't work for you, paste this into your address bar and hit "enter":