June 5, 2018

This article by noted libertarian scholar Steven F. Hayward is the best piece about climate change I’ve seen in quite a while. Unlike most such articles, it’s neither about debunking manmade climate change nor ginning up alarm over it. It’s about how the public has refused to be panicked despite its proponents’ fervent efforts, and how “climate change” as a major worldwide environmental movement is now “over,” having devolved into a completely politicized, “social justice” crusade. But most interestingly, it’s about how it all happened according to a predictable, five-step arc first described by a prominent political scientist ‘way back in 1972.

This is well worth reading, whether you believe climate change is the Apocalypse or a power-grabbing hoax. It’s not about whether there’s any validity to the theory, just why it’s run its course as a public concern and been destroyed by the self-serving political interests that infected it. And why this process will inevitably repeat itself with other sweeping public issues.

For all the eye-opening points in the article, this might be the most surprising of all: Hayward’s bio line states that he is “a senior resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.” I thought expressing views this rational was banned at UC-Berkeley. Say, maybe the climate really is changing!


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  • Donald Forbes

    06/07/2018 08:55 PM

    I want to read the article, but it won't load - error message.

  • Robert Corso

    06/07/2018 03:40 PM

    Global warming is very much like the Russian collusion propaganda, all talk and no substance. On the other hand, Climate Change is a very different thing and can apply to any condition, warmer, colder and everything in between. It seems rather obvious to me that we are going through a cycle that is altering the conditions in our solar system, which in return is effecting the mechanics of the inner core's of our earth. The amount of earthquake and volcano eruptions has quadrupled over the last 50 years. Just look at this weeks news, it doesn't take a genius to put 2 and 2 together. Something major is in play. It's a known fact that the gravitational pull of the earth is at the lowest it's been in thousands of years and according to the BBC, declining rapidly. Many people around the world believe we are about to have a pole shift. It's certainly possible, it's happened many times before like clock work and will surely happen again and probably soon. Scientist who survey past pole shifts around the world have predicted that we could have another one anytime between now and the next 150 years. I guess what I'm saying is, in my opinion, what is causing climate change is not man made, but is coming from outside and inside of our planet. We may well be in for some very difficult times and we better pull this country together and do what we can to prepare for what might come. United we stand, divided we fall!

  • Bruce Williams

    06/06/2018 04:18 PM


    The link to the article has an error. It says it doesn't exist, or is under maintenance.

  • Jeffrey Houston

    06/06/2018 03:51 PM

    Mr Hayward has said want we in flyover country have thought. Are we better with being respectful of Mother Nature than in the past. Absolutely. I know my recycling is larger than my regular garbage on a weekly basis. Do I drive a vehicle that gets better mileage. Yes I do. Do I think "climate change" is keeping women and minorities from advancing. What a load of ........ The political class sees this as a money grabbing opportunity for redistribution of wealth. Our former president was all about the politics and the redistribution of wealth. Although our current president may not say things clearly he understands that robbing Peter to pay Paul is not the correct way to solve problems.

    BTW: My wife and I enjoy your commentaries. You can speak in terms that make sense and we thank you. Also congrats to you and your wife on raising your children to be productive members of society. We too are very fortunate to have the same. Love to listen to Sara's press conferences!!

  • Dee Richards

    06/06/2018 03:14 PM

    Bad link. Corrected by WSJ is subscribe site. Have another link?