October 13, 2010

IN ESSENCE, AMERICAN ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM...:

Why Don’t Republicans Believe in Climate Change? (Ross Douthat, 10/13/10, NY Times)

There’s a reasonably large Western European constituency, in other words, for some sort of climate change skepticism. (And probably a growing one: In Britain, at least, as in the United States, the economic slump has dampened public enthusiasm for anti-emissions regulation.) But the politicians haven’t been responding. Instead, Europe’s political class, left and right alike, has worked to marginalize a position that it considers intellectually disreputable, even as the American G.O.P. has exploited that same position to win votes.

The debate over climate change isn’t unusual in this regard. On issues ranging from the death penalty to (at least until recently) immigration, America’s major political parties generally tend to be more responsive to public opinion, and less constrained by elite sentiment, than their counterparts in Europe.


...has inoculated us against the destructive fads that the elites are always pursuing.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2010 8:04 PM
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