A Major False Narrative
To the editor: There has recently been a lot hand wringing over the widespread dissemination of false information. The worry is that it is massive in reach, very influential and well-orchestrated.
Such campaigns are said to serve evil purposes. This is not, however, a new phenomenon. We have already been subjected to just such activity for a long time, yet there has been no comparable objection.
So what is this false narrative? It is the claim that additional CO2 in the atmosphere is causing catastrophic climate change. Anyone who has seriously looked into the science behind that proposition will find it to be so weak as to constitute a joke. Those who do attempt to publicly blow the whistle, however, are subject to harassment, loss of job and worse.
The Quantum State of Consent
Posted: 10 Feb 2018 04:34 PM PST
56% of younger millennials identify as Christian. 2% as Jewish or Muslim. 1% as Buddhist. And 36% as nothing. That's double the number that made up the "nones" among baby boomers. Being a "none" often means having no sense of purpose, except to seek personal happiness and make the world a better place by recycling, opposing Trump and calling out racism. It also means a moral code based on academic analysis of power relationships between races, genders and sexual orientations.
"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom," Benjamin Franklin cautioned more simply.
These aren't abstractions. Nor are they measured on some vast scale of civilizations. They define how we live our ordinary lives. They are why this debate is taking place.
Free people consent. But freedom comes from virtue. Freedom without virtue is anarchy. And anarchy ends in brutality and tyranny. That outcome isn't only expressed in riots in the streets. It emerges in smaller and more intimate matters, like the debate over consent.
Freedom of consent is failing. The left wants to replace it with brutality and tyranny. The brutality of online smear campaigns and the tyranny of campus kangaroo courts. But a secular right has no replacement for it either except the more libertarian brutality and tyranny of the individual.
What we forgot is that we don't truly have freedom of consent, until we have purpose.