The noted revisionist historian Howard Zinn taught his students that a historian’s responsibility was to the future, not the past. To Howard Zinn, framing history in a manner that promotes a better world was a higher calling than recording history as it actually happened. Exactly what that better world may be is, of course, in the eye of the historian. For Zinn, it was socialism. The idea of adjusting history or any other truth to further an ideology is a variation of the rationale that “the ends justify the means”.
The same moral relativism is seen today in the science world. Here’s a sampling of quotes that illustrate the fact.
“We have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.”
Stephen Schneider (leading advocate of the global warming theory in an interview for Discover magazine, Oct 1989)
In other words, when your findings don’t support your premise, fudge the findings.
“Scientists who want to attract attention to themselves, who want to attract great funding to themselves, have to (find a) way to scare the public . . . and this you can achieve only by making things bigger and more dangerous than they really are.”
Petr Chylek (Professor of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, commenting on reports by other researchers that Greenland’s glaciers are melting. Halifax Chronicle-Herald, August 22, 2001)
If the truth doesn’t get you what you need, then fabricate and exaggerate.
“No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…. Climate change [provides] the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.”
Christine Stewart, former Minister of the Environment of Canada
Quote from the Calgary Herald, 1999
The story doesn’t need to be true. We can still use it to spread the wealth around.
Stewart is a politician not a scientist so she can’t be accused of professional fraud. But it reveals that just the fear of warming serves a purpose in and of itself. The validity of the fear is of no concern to those who see its usefulness in advancing a socialist agenda.
Science politicized is science polluted. Science polluted isn’t science at all.
“In this world it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept. If you can feel satisfied with a hundred, begin by insisting on a thousand; if you start by suggesting a hundred you will only get ten.”
— Jerome K. Jerome