So, the Society of Environmental Journalists put together a guide on climate change that lists a number of publications on global warming, scientists and seven environmental groups, each with positive descriptions. Under the "Deniers, Dissenters and 'Skeptics'" category are four listings -- all negative. They suggest that these folk are venal, partisan and bad scientists, or all of the above.Why is it so important to environmentalists that their side be perceived as having a consensus? Isn’t science about the facts, not whether everyone else agrees? After all, Galileo was far outside the consensus of his time -- yet still the earth moves.
I think it comes down to the big victim of progressive education: the virtue of independence. Progressive education “socializes” its students; it trains young people to go along with the group rather than think for themselves.
We’re beginning to see what happens in a nation of easily intimidated conformists who lack the self-confidence to think for themselves.