Monday, October 24, 2011
  Do dissidents help?

Couple days ago Polistra called out the honest scientists (if any exist) for failing to disown the murderous corruption of the Global Warming cult.

A parallel but larger situation exists in Economics, where the transparently false theories of neoclassical economics, disprovable in a few seconds, serve as the unquestioned foundation of all the world's current problems. (Including the Carbon Cult, which is partly a subset of the Economics Cult.)

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Critical question: Among people with real power, who is dissenting from the two evils?

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With the Carbon Cult, absolutely zero scientists with real power have disowned the genocide. A tiny handful of retired scientists, none famous, have come out publicly against it, but nobody who is currently in a position to receive or distribute grant money. Nobody at all. Tenure works perfectly to enforce rigid orthodoxy. And only one non-scientist with power is publicly arguing the case for truth: James Inhofe.

So the list of meaningful opponents has exactly one heroic name on it.

James Inhofe.

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With the Goldman Cult, the situation is considerably better, or so it would seem.

None of the "A-list" economists have dissented, but several currently working economists of mid-sized repute (eg Yves Smith, John Medaille, Dean Baker) have exposed the crime in books and articles.

Best of all, several current board members of the Federal Reserve (outside NYC, of course) have been writing and speaking parts of the truth for several years, and even using their votes on the Fed board to push for decontrol of interest rates and re-regulation of speculators. Two important prosecutors (Eliot Spitzer, Cyrus Vance jr) have been working to build cases against fraudulent banksters. Spitzer was kicked out by a honeytrap, but Vance is still working, and lower-level prosecutors seem to be pursuing cases.

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So, looking at the constants and variables, we see that the Carbon Cult has exactly one consequential dissident, while the Economics Cult has at least a dozen active and powerful dissidents.

But this difference is not reflected in the relative strength of the Cults. The Carbon Cult is definitely starting to fade, mainly because it consumed its own foundation. The Economics Cult shows no sign of fading, no sign of change in official response. The governments that deregulated in the '90s are still paying trillions in tribute, rewarding the Cult for its trillion-dollar theft; the governments that had enough sense to hold onto their regulations are still remaining sensible.
 


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