Speaking of the post-modern left, nothing better exemplifies their approach than the radical environmental movement and their poster boy, Al Gore, who, as reported in First Things, announced in a recent TV interview, “The argument is over”, meaning the argument about global warming, of course. To Gore and his followers, the verdict has been rendered, and anyone who missed the debate or who disagrees with the judgment of the movement is in the same league with Holocaust deniers, or so says Ellen Goodman in The Boston Globe. And from recent pronouncements from some of our top corporate executives, many of them are succumbing to the pressures of the constant intimidation and folding rather than being ostracized by the social elite or having their expansion strategies threatened by the environmental watchdogs. Rather than Gore’s version, the real inconvenient truth here is that meaningful intellectual discourse on this subject has been stifled and worse, the democratic process is again been shortchanged and done great damage as a result. Unless we soon return to common sense on this issue, this will not be viewed as one of our finest hours in terms of the progress of the pursuit of truth, deliberative democracy, and the rule of law.
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