Friday, February 08, 2008

 

Live Free And Die

Surrender your liberty for your own good

David Shearman, co-author of the book The Climate Change Challenge and the Failure of Democracy greatly admires China's governing style and views the "unbridled individual liberty" we enjoy in America as a threat. In order to solve the "global environmental emergency" he believes we must rethink democracy:
There must be open minds to look critically at liberal democracy. Reform must involve the adoption of structures to act quickly regardless of some perceived liberties. It is not that liberal democracy cannot react once it sees a threat, for example, the speedy response to a recent international financial emergency. If governments can recognise a financial emergency and in an instant move heaven and earth (and billions of dollars, pounds sterling and euros) to contain it, why are they unable to do the same in response to a global environmental emergency?
Because the "global environmental emergency" exists only in the minds of people like David Shearman, people who believe we should simply cede power to them.

Via Prometheus, who wonders:
If just this one case, why this one and not others? If a general prescription, should we do away with democracy in favor of an authoritarianism of expertise?
It seems to me that far too many Americans, particularly the elites, favor complete deference to "experts."

Shearman concludes:
If we do not act urgently we may find we have chosen total liberty rather than life.
Yeah, right.

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