“Consider cases in which science communication is intentionally undermined for political and financial gain. Imagine if in L’Aquila, scientists themselves had made every effort to communicate the risks of living in an earthquake zone. Imagine that they even advocated for a scientifically informed but costly earthquake readiness plan. If those with a financial or political interest in inaction had funded an organized campaign to discredit the consensus findings of seismology, and for that reason no preparations were made, then many of us would agree that the financiers of the denialist campaign were criminally responsible for the consequences of that campaign. I submit that this is just what is happening with the current, well documented funding of global warming denialism.” – Lawrence Torcello, assistant professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Yes, you read that correctly. There is actually a professor at a university who is arguing that “climate change deniers” should be jailed. This is a perfect example of liberal philosophy gone too far. In fact, this is further proof of my belief that any liberal philosophy taken to its logical extension, and played out to its end, will demonstrate just how bafflingly frightening liberalism is.
Think about it, what is the extent of Torcello’s argument regarding climate change deniers? First, Torcello has argued that those who deny the existence of man-made global climate change are behaving negligently. He must have first come to the conclusion that climate change “deniers” know that what they believe is contrary to the facts. Following that, he concludes a deliberate intent on the part of conservatives to deceive the public. Believing all of this, he actually asserts that because of their intentional negligence, “deniers” should be jailed.
This works because it is all under the guise of doing “good,” and protecting the best interest of mankind. The philosophy of climate change denial, lead to its natural extension, is quite frightening. It’s Orwellian.
If one takes more than a second to analyze Torcello’s philosophy, it is easily reduced to nonsense. Unfortunately, under the guise of protecting humanity, and doing the right thing, this irresponsible man will deceive many people. Not to be dramatic–but in this case, I think it’s justifiable–this is how tyranny begins. It is always out of a severely misguided sense of what’s “good,” and “right” that tyranny emerges. And it is in the desire to fall in line with what is perceived as good that creates an environment in which everyone will follow.
Finally, I’d like to ask one question. What is the logical extension of jail time? Taken to its end, Torcello’s philosophy leads to execution. You may think that’s crazy, but you’d be wrong. This is how fascism begins. Liberal philosophy evolved always leads to fascism. As they say, the path to hell is paved with good intentions.