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The 26 ethical flaws of propagandists

June 27, 2012

excerpted from: Rupert Wyndham’s excellent prose to Bishop Langrish (the 26 ethical flaws of propagandists)

I have no strong feelings about climate change. Climate change is fact of life and, in that sense, is a banality. I do, however, have a prejudice against blatant chicanery and outright knavery.

Neither is this, anyway, a scientific issue. The science is clear. There have been and are no untoward changes in global climate outside those which flow from natural variability. There have been no recent climatic phenomena, which do not have numerous precedents. CO2 has nothing to do with the matter.

 On the other hand it is an ethical issue. The ethical considerations arise from the activities of propagandists when:

  • they seek to howl down any form of questioning or dissent,
  • they use threatening vilification as a propagandist tool,
  • they damage the careers of those who have the temerity to question their dogma,
  • they wilfully and knowingly misrepresent data,
  • they wilfully and knowingly suppress contra-indicative data,
  • they claim data to be authentic and rigorous when, in reality, it is cherry picked from partisan environmentalist propaganda material,
  • they undermine scientific method by refusing to disclose and share data/methodology,
  • they wilfully subvert and prostitute their calling for personal gain and self-aggrandisement,
  • they subvert hitherto trusted forums of scientific discussion and dissemination,
  • they subvert the independence of peer review as a legitimate check and balance,
  • they abuse the young by indoctrinating deviant ‘science’,
  • they lay waste to the environment with worthless and hideously expensive machines (wind/tidal turbines) as well as other devices such as photo-voltaic cells,
  • they oppress the poor by diverting land usage from food crop cultivation to uneconomic and inefficient mono-crop cultivation of so-called biofuels,
  • they wilfully associate their personal conceits and financial interests with massive environmental pollution in the developing world,
  • they are complicit, for the same reasons, in rainforest and other forms of environmental destruction,
  • they manipulate the fiscal arrangements of entire countries on the basis of demonstrable falsehood,
  • they spread lies designed to intimidate poorly educated and/or gullible populations,
  • they claim economic insights based upon false assumptions, corrupted data and outright lies,
  • they sustain vast departments of state to promote falsehood and scaremongering,
  • they subsidise supposed independent pressure groups for the purpose of surreptitiously encouraging partisan lobbying,
  • they lend succour and support from the safety of privileged positions, inherited and otherwise, to villains and scientific charlatans,
  • they seek to close off and monopolise what should be legitimate debate on a controversial matter of importance, again from behind barricades created by privilege,
  • they ostentatiously ignore whatever is inconvenient to their tendentious paradigm, however distinguished and credible the sources may be,
  • they whitewash arrant knavery,
  • they distort, in furtherance of their mendacity, the normal accepted meaning of language,
  • they subvert the hitherto trusted organs of mass communication.

The questions are how to mitigate the damage/how to hold to account those responsible for it!

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