Humans are causing global warming…right? That is what the majority of people world wide believe. It is being taught in school, reported on the news, and legislated as indisputable fact, when in reality it is far from fact and there are a lot of people whose views are silenced. We are witnessing conventional wisdom creation right before our very eyes. It is eerily reminiscent of communist propaganda tactics.
Sure, there are people that believe global warming is caused by humans, and there are others that don’t believe it, that is fine, but it is others like Lou Dobbs, that have closed the door on debate. Why? Well…how could anyone think humans don’t cause global warming. It should be conventional wisdom, and it should never be questioned. If you do question it, or just flat out don’t believe it, you are thought to have your head in the sand. Watch Lou Dobbs close the door on the debate here:
It isn’t just the media that is manufacturing conventional wisdom on global warming. Here is an interesting post about two state governors that are removing their respective state’s climate experts, because they don’t believe humans are causing global warming.
And then there is John Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe’s letter to Exxon Mobile telling them what they should believe, where they should spend their money, and to stop saying (ie censoring) global warming is not human made, and start saying humans are causing it. Unbelievable!
In light of the adverse impacts still resulting from your corporations activities, we must request that ExxonMobil end any further financial assistance or other support to groups or individuals whose public advocacy has contributed to the small, but unfortunately effective, climate change denial myth. Further, we believe ExxonMobil should take additional steps to improve the public debate, and consequently the reputation of the United States. We would recommend that ExxonMobil publicly acknowledge both the reality of climate change and the role of humans in causing or exacerbating it.
Then there are other tactics that are used to reinforce the conventional wisdom, like teaching it in school (which I already mentioned). Get the kids believing it when they are young and they will grow up believing those things. Just recently it was announced there will be a huge global warming concert on July 7th, three days after Nancy Pelosi has decided to hijack the 4th of July and make it “energy independence day”.
The reason I chose global warming to illustrate just a few of the ways conventional wisdom is manufactured is because it has been such a hot topic lately and there are a lot of examples out there. It is by no means the only issue that I could have used, but it is the most obvious.