The ongoing trial involving journalist Mark Steyn – accused of defaming climate change theorist Michael Mann – reflects an increasingly dangerous tendency among our intellectual classes to embrace homogeneity of viewpoint. Steyn, whose column has appeared for years on these pages, may be alternatingly entertaining or over-the-top obnoxious, but the slander lawsuit against him marks a milestone in what has become a dangerously authoritarian worldview being adopted in academia, the media and large sections of the government bureaucracy.

Let’s call it “the debate is over” syndrome, referring to a term used most often in relationship with climate change but also by President Barack Obama last week in reference to what remains his contentious, and theoretically reformable, health care plan. Ironically, this shift to certainty now comes increasingly from what passes for the Left in America.


These are the same people who historically have identified themselves with open-mindedness and the defense of free speech, while conservatives, with some justification, were associated more often with such traits as criminalizing unpopular views – as seen in the 1950s McCarthy era – and embracing canonical bans on all sorts of personal behavior, a tendency still more evident than necessary among some socially minded conservatives.

But when it comes to authoritarian expression of “true” beliefs, it’s the progressive Left that increasingly seeks to impose orthodoxy. In this rising intellectual order, those who dissent on everything from climate change, the causes of poverty and the definition of marriage, to opposition to abortion are increasingly marginalized and, in some cases, as in the Steyn trial, legally attacked.

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Nail on the head...Frank!! 

Kick a bullies a$s and he will understand that. If he doesnt then continue to kick his a$s until he understands or he is permanently incapcitated.

I'm afraid that there is a fundamental reason for that (slow learner).


Frank...also...Concealed Carry might be needed in some places.....say Detroit....when you take on the left or other Obamabots. 

WE SHOULD HAVE LET McArthy Keep cleaning house .

Answer to the poll - yes, our current immigration laws should be enforced! No, immigration reform should not be considered. Cut this crap and move on!

Answer to the article, BULL - climate change endorsers are charlatans. The debate is NOT over, these jerks want the debate to end because they know their disingenuous cause is indefensible.
We dont have to honor the ttreaties of traitors

There is so much information discrediting these "Global Warming" zealots, including Mother Nature herself.  But they will not let the facts get in the way because they try to supress them.  The Chinese members of the UN IPCC even published an article about how it is alright to manipulate data and magnifying the perceived "dangers" of global warming since it is for the health of the planet, which is another way of continuing their cash flow.  A number of key players aligned with these pro-global warming groups have quit and are writing papers.   This whole "Global Warming" conspiracy is not going to end well for the people who are making up "evidence" and perpetuating this fraud on the world.  Every time I read more and more of both arguments on this manufactured liberal crisis, it makes my blood boil.  How can people be so stupid to believe this but I guess the Greeks and Romans had Gods of storms, water, etc. due to their lack of knowledge on the weather.  There is NOT ONE instance of a severe flood, storm, warm spell, or cold period that has not happened before any consequence or action attributable to mankind.  Not one example even though these libiots highlight every single weather anomolie and start running around yelling the sky is falling, always supported by the media who obviously will do anything for ratings and legitimacy.  Don't any of these people question these wild claims or do they just not know when they are being lied to.  Additionally NOT ONE OF THEIR PREDICTIONS HAVE COME TRUE!  NOT ONE EVER!!

Frank...I have seen/read several reports over the last year or so...that the west coast states are doing lots of testing of the fish you describe. Last report about a month ago said the fish have levels of radiation in them that are not any different than before the disaster over there. Same with the trash and barge that ended up on our beaches. NOW....another recent report said all 3 states, especially WA....are expecting a real threat when, based on normal Pacific currents, bad water may arrive. Recall they expect that later this year. Something to look for in near future. What you say may come to pass...don't think it has yet. 

We're to stupid to understand. The government and intellectuals know better.

  There is NO debate , no American wants any of this progressive communist b-lls--t jammed down our throats any more than we wanted Obam-ass " affordable care act " shoved down our throat by the communist b-t-c-hs and b--t--ds on the progressive left .  that would have been proven in the last election if they were honest and above board .




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