My latest at PJM:

Fancy carbon footwork: How Climate-Change Dance Theory spells the end of a movement

“A growing number of Americans are beginning to think that global warming alarmism is little more than some sort of hippie plot to drag us back to the Stone Age. Or, failing that, at least drag us back to the Hippie Age. And what with the abject failure of the international community to reach any kind of binding agreement at the recent Copenhagen climate conference, and the growing unlikelihood that the U.S. Senate will pass any bill to combat that chimerical foe Anthropogenic Global Warming, coupled with the scandal-a-minute collapse of any scientific “consensus” that we’re even changing the climate after all, the alarmists are now looking at a bleak future of their grand scheme devolving into nothing more than a passing fad along the lines of Hula Hoops or the Macarena.

The same thing happened in the 1960s. The early anti-war protests against U.S. involvement in Vietnam were fervent, sincere, and convinced of their eventual efficacy. But as months turned to years and the Johnson administration not only ignored the protests but escalated the war at every opportunity, it became painfully obvious that the anti-war movement of the mid-’60s had failed. It may have gotten a lot of protesters laid, but it did nothing to actually stop the war. By the time the late ’60s rolled around — i.e. the Hippie Age — most protesters had little or no expectation that their antics would influence Nixon to stop bombing Indochina (or whatever other shenanigans he was up to that week); rather, protests had become mostly an excuse to party. Or, seen from the reverse angle, most public musical events for the younger generation by then acquired a political overtone, so that you were no longer just dancing for the fun of it, but were now “dancing for peace.”

Dancing for peace, 1969.

My thesis is that once any movement begins to engage in hollow, ridiculous and futile gestures (such as “dancing for” anything), it’s an indicator that the movement has run out of steam and will soon go extinct. It is therefore with great interest that I’ve been noticing not just the strange new outbreak and continuous barrage of climate change dances but more significantly an upcoming lecture being given at U.C. Berkeley entitled Mitigating Global Warming Through Art — Exploring the Importance of Music for the Change of Lifestyles. The listing for the talk (given by visiting lecturer Maximilian Mayer at U.C. Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies) notes that “Music in general and art in particular seems to be a promising Archimedean point for multiple new life styles. Performing music and dancing combine the advantages of those three alternative approaches. Additionally, they may be powerful enough to substitute the culture of consumerism since they enable a creativity-based self-autonomy as well as cultural self-sufficiency.” In other words, not only have the global warming alarmists started dancing in a last-ditch attempt to save the planet, but they have now even developed an academic pseudo-scientific theory as to why dancing is a necessary and perhaps the only remaining way to prevent the climate from changing. …”

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10 Responses to “Fancy carbon footwork: How Climate-Change Dance Theory spells the end of a movement”

  1. 1Beckaholic on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:44 pm:

    Hmmm….but I don’t dance. Now what?

  2. 2Kevin on Feb 17, 2010 at 4:06 am:

    “…at least drag us back to the Hippie Age.”

    Already, by the middle of the first paragraph, this was starting to read like a horror story. All it needed was an acoustic guitar and a hippie who couldn’t play it but thought he could, and I’d be having nightmares about this post.

  3. 3Rose on Feb 18, 2010 at 7:50 pm:

    I don’t understand it. we educate our populace so that this kind of thing DOESN’T happen. Why are some of us immune to the koolaid? And will respect for science, and scientists, ever be the same?

  4. 4pat on Feb 18, 2010 at 11:03 pm:

    It is pretty well known that I was first censored and then banned from posting at a formerly well known blog because of my belief that AGW was nonsense. That ‘global’ warming might be real and likely was , but since the Northern and Southern seemed to markedly differ, with one going up while the other went down,, it was unlikely that anything consequential was happening. It is that simple. It is still inconsequential. Save the planet. Save the environment by stopping actual pollution, expanding parks. Reclaiming abandoned properties and turn them into agriculture. Restock the fisheries. plant diversified forests. Etc. Forget the BS.

  5. 5Rose on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:38 am:

    I agree, pat. Stopping pollution. Composting. Recycling. Living lightly on the land. We were all about that in the 70s. We were all on board.

    When did it become about false science, recriminations, condemnation and scare tactics? About the time that the predatory litigious activist groups, the new age con men, found that they could use it to make themselves rich. People were willing to indulge their inner Catholic guilt, and they willingly donned the hair shirts and castigated themselves – willingly accepted blame for changing the seasons, and believed they affected the very cycles of the planet.

    It does seem that as they have turned away from conventional religion, they had to fill the void with this harsher taskmaster – it’s sad – and it is very costly.

    The only question now is, can they reverse the punitive and excessive fees, regulations and programs that have been put in place in the name of “Global Warming” and “Carbon Footprints.”

    And will Al Gore give back any of the money?

  6. 6Cheri on Feb 24, 2010 at 2:52 pm:

    It became a global warming crisis when someone figured out how to get rich quick.

  7. 7Jesse on May 11, 2010 at 12:07 am:

    Can I use some of the information from this post to students? I think this may help them to recognize the importance of sustainably managing environment. I will properly cite you.

  8. 8شات كتابي on Sep 27, 2010 at 11:32 am:

    I don’t understand it. we educate our populace so that this kind of thing DOESN’T happen. Why are some of us immune to the koolaid? And will respect for science, and scientists, ever be the same?

  9. 9ośrodek waczasowy międzybrodzie bialskie on Apr 26, 2014 at 3:04 am:

    Cudowny blog. Szkoda że mało spotyka się takich blogów w internecie.

    Zapisuję stronę do ulubionych, oby tak dalej!
    :)

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