P Gosselin
No Tricks Zone
March 31, 2011

We’ve seen that kind of thinking*before. Authoritarianism.

Forget democracy, human freedom and free markets. These concepts, which have made today’s human prosperity and long*lifespans a reality for humans, wherever and whenever they are given the chance to work,*are upsetting a small but very elitist group of *individuals who view these concepts as a disruption and a threat to their world view.

  1. German Hans Joachim Schellnhuber has a “Master Plan” for society. Source: http://nachhaltigkeit2009.commerzbank.de/reports/commerzbank/annual/2009/nb/German/3010/_innovations-chancen-nutzen_.html</p>
The English edition of Der Spiegel*has a recent*interview with Prof Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. In this interview Schellnhuber announced that he would unveil his “Master Plan” for transforming society – one no doubt that suits*his world view. In Schellhuber’s view, human society needs to be scaled back and managed by an elite group of “wise men” who know what is best for the rest.

Schellnhuber’s contempt for today’s organisation of western soctety*is illustrated by his statements. For example*Der Spiegel stumps Schellnhuber with a simple question:* “Why is it that your messages haven’t been all that well received until now?” Schellnhuber responds:

I’m neither a psychologist nor a sociologist. But my life experiences have shown that the love of*convenience and ignorance are man’s biggest character flaws. It’s a potentially deadly mixture.”
Oh the contempt. So we are all too comfortable and ignorant. It’s time for “wiser men” to think for the rest of us.**Your message, Mr Schellnhuber, has not been well received because it is anti-democratic and authoritarian. Your kind of thinking is a threat to the principles of Germany’s Constitution and so*belongs under government observation.

Schellnhuber indeed has a very poor understanding of history. History teaches us a different lesson*- that it is not the combination of love for convenience and ignorance that is man’s greatest flaw, rather it is*the combination of towering arrogance and ignorance that is man’s greatest flaw, and so that is the real*threat to society. Schellnhuber also denies climate history and concocts his own fraudulent version to warrant an authoritative intervention.

The belief that the planet needs to be dictated by a higher*authority is what makes people like Schellnhuber so dangerous. Their impatience and frustration with democracy, and their claim to have superior knowledge, remind us of others who have led us*us down very dark paths back*in the 20th century.

These people are*convinced they are all-knowing.*Der Spiegel asks:Do you feel that the government’s abrupt change of course in relation to its energy policy is adequate?” Schellnhuber replies:

No. It can only be the beginning of a deep-seated shift. The German Advisory Council on Global Change, which I chair, will soon unveil*a master plan for a transformation of society. Precisely because of Fukushima, we believe that a new basis of our coexistence is needed.”
A master plan for transforming society drafted by a climate scientist, a person who admits having no background in sociology. This plan no doubt will be asserted by authority, and not democracy. Schellnhuber has indicated many times* that democracy*is flawed and is a nuisance. It’s getting in the way of solving the*”world’s crises” (like zero temperature growth over the last 15 years).

Here is a little history lesson for the all-knowing Herr Schellnhuber and his gang, who are frustrated with democratic principles and*individual freedom, on where this type of contempt can take us if left unchecked:

This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz. This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of 4 million people. And that was not done by gas.*It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe they have absolute knowledge with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods.”

This I’ve brought this up before, and am bringing it up again, and will continue to bring it up in the future. Watch the entire series, Knowledge or Certainty:

“There is no absolute knowledge. And those who claim it, whether they’re scientists or dogmatists, open the door to tragedy.”

“Year by year we devise more precise instruments with which to observe nature with more fineness. And when we look at the observations, they are as uncertain as ever.”*… “[Göttingen students] are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.”

“We had hoped that the human errors would disappear and that we ourselves would have God’s view.”

“It’s a major tragedy that in my lifetime and yours, that here in Göttingen scientists were refining to the most exquisite position of the principle of tolerance and turning their backs on the fact that all around them tolerance was crashing to the ground beyond repair.”
“The ascent of man against the despotic throwback belief to the notion that they have absolute certainty.”

It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma.”

Other links:
EU master plan to ban cars from cities by 2050.
ALERT-German Climate Advisor proposes creation of a CO2 budget