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!