The Daily Bork

June 07, 2005

Pascal's new wager

Oh lordy, it is certainly a week for the leftist wingnuts in NZ to be scribbling their disconnected thoughts. Now we have Mr Trotter scribbling something that sounds suspiciously like Pascal's wager applied to environmentalism.

Who has the most to gain by discrediting the global environmental movement?

Is it the men or women in the streets of the developed nations, choking on the fumes of their dependence on fossil fuels? Is it the rural poor, struggling to eke out a living from the rapidly depleting soils of the Third World? Is it the thousands of species of plants and animals dangling precariously above the precipice of extinction? Is it the only known planet in the universe capable of supporting life?

The answer, of course, is: "None of the above." None of us has anything to gain by ignoring the warnings of environmentalists. On the contrary, we have everything to lose. The only beneficiaries of the global campaign to deny the looming environmental crisis are the entities which created it.

Set up your strawman and then start burning him down. Bleh, Pascal's wager is rubbish with regards to religion and its total bollocks here as well.

THE enduring popularity of The Lord of the Rings is in no small part due to the sensitive rendition of a world teetering on the brink of industrial enslavement. The penultimate chapter of the trilogy – The Scouring of the Shire – is every Green's fantasy.

Errr, I wouldn't be too fast on making sweeping claims based on a work of fiction. I love the books, and it ain't because of Tolkein's distaste for coal mines. The last word in his sentence above is the dead (perhaps unconscious) giveaway. Fantasy indeed.

And so their tame journalists scorn environmentalists' warnings, and reassure us that the abomination that is corporate capitalist culture is both inviolate and immortal.

Has this guy been doing mushrooms while reading Rousseau or something?

Trotter, lay off the chemicals, come back down to earth and take a good look around and see who most to gain from the "global environmental movement". They aren't a pretty bunch.


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