Theocracy In 21st-century USA

Theocracy In 21st-century USA, by Don Boudreaux.

Two essays … detail a risk so great, a state overreach so dangerous, an exercise of government power so egregiously unjust, and a use of ‘official’ tools of intimidation so extreme … Each deals with a current attempt by government thugs officials to prevent people from expressing opposition to the dogmas of a religion to which many on the “Progressive” left are mindlessly devoted – namely, environmentalism.

The first is Scientific silencers on the left are trying to shut down climate skepticism, by George Will:

Authoritarianism, always latent in progressivism, is becoming explicit. Progressivism’s determination to regulate thought by regulating speech is apparent in the campaign by 16 states’ attorneys general and those of the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, none Republican, to criminalize skepticism about the supposedly “settled” conclusions of climate science.

The second is The environmental campaign that punishes free speech by Sam Kazman and Kent Lassman of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI):

The March 29 news conference unveiled, according to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, an “unprecedented” coalition to fight not only climate change but also allegedly deceptive speech about climate change. The group, which dubbed itself AGs United for Clean Power, promised to “use all the tools at our disposal” to battle for progress on “the most consequential issue of our time.”

Schneiderman was blunt about his goal of shutting down debate: “You have to tell the truth. You can’t make misrepresentations of the kinds we’ve seen here.”

Says Boudreaux:

And no matter what you think of religion in general or of the proper role of government in protecting the environment, you fear, if you are wise, the exemption that the religion of environmentalism has from the rule in the United States that church and state be kept entirely distinct.

You fear, in other words, what appears to be environmentalisms’ rapid approach to becoming the de facto state religion.

All this political fallout because some climate scientists made some silly omissions from the climate models, several decades ago.

hat-tip Matthew