someone is trying to discredit skepticism – a hallmark of science – by noting that we doubters have had the same skeptical views for the tobacco scare, and every other scare.
Newsflash: science-minded people will always live and die by skepticism, evidence, trial, and constructive criticiams, no matter how much social ostracism you try to throw.
Well before the recent 25 years, Aristotle’s wet-dream of a philosopher ruling class was well in action regarding the attempts to control our lives through their superior intellect. Harrison Brown[and many others] put out many a publication on various ways that scientists needed to be put in control, lest we lead ourselves to certain disaster – by 1980.
The health-control lobby: we will die of pandemic.
AGW: we wil die of global warming.
global cooling: we will die fo global cooling.
Silent Spring: we will all be dead from chemicals.
Margaret Sanger: we will all be dead from economic collapse caused by too many African American people, deemed by her — and many other science-enthused do-gooders — to be sub-human.
Segue to the “over-population” fanatics, when all of us 7 billion could each have a ranch-size property in Alaska, with a 2,000 calorie-per-day easily met by the lower 48, and water, too, with plenty food water and space to spare.
The common thread? Turn control of the planet over to us.
Yes, many of us, typically older and wiser, having lived through the anticipated multiple Armegeddons (Y2K, anyone?), are as skeptical that an army of grad-school socialists will save humanity as the pro-tobacco lobby seemed to be, for decades, that smoking dangers were unsubstantiated.
The only diference is that the tobacco scientists were all on the payroll, you are on Obama’s gravy train, and I am not.
Go put that in your little red book and meditate.