No Climate Free Speech – Part 1

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Climate activists are behaving like tyrants. If my four-year-old acted this way, I’d be worried.

tg_lockedIn a recent article titled Divesting from Free Speech: How environmentalists shut down debate on campus, Rachelle Peterson highlights one of the green movement’s most troubling defects: it displays no commitment whatsoever to free speech and genuine debate.

Climate activists aren’t bad people. They therefore don’t want to admit they’re trampling all over other folks’ right to be heard. As a defense mechanism, they’ve constructed a series of flimsy arguments intended to obscure the fact that they’re behaving like tyrants. Today’s featured argument is known as The Debate is Over.

As Peterson writes:

If, in your own mind, you have won the substantive argument, but your opponent continues to persuade the audience to his side, what can you do? Declare the debate to be over?

Even children understand that, unless all sides express agreement…

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