Recently my lovely wife and I visited a hotbed of British totalitarianism, Anglia Ruskin “University” at Cambridge, to gather evidence for the courts in connection with a death threat that the “university” and one of its students had made against me in the form of a widely publicized tombstone with my name on it.
I should explain that there are two universities at Cambridge: the real one, my own alma mater, which tops the league-table of Britain’s 133 universities, and Anglia Ruskin, a jumped-up polytechnic which, from what we saw of it, ranks about 250th out of 133.
Sure enough, in a dusty corner of a grubby gallery (why do dirt and the hard left have such an affinity for one another?) stood the tombstone on which the “artist,” a student to whom the “university” had awarded a prize for it, had engraved my name and those of five other British climate skeptics.
Now, to put one’s name on a tombstone while one is still alive is to make a death threat, the nastiest and most repellent form of hate speech. If the tombstone had been erected anywhere in Scotland rather than on a manifestly dysfunctional campus in England, I could have had professor Michael Thorne, the “university’s” vice chancellor, arrested, tried, fined and bound over not to repeat that or any suchlike offense.
Professor Thorne had caused or permitted a press release to be issued, promoting this unspeakable death threat. The release explained that the tombstone bore the words, “Lest we forget those who denied.” The implication was that, if we were not already dead, the “artist” and the “university” that promoted his “work” would very soon see to it that we were.
Indeed, the press release reinforced the threat in several unpleasant ways. Like the tombstone, it used the word “denier” or its derivatives – and did so five times in a single page. The intent of this hate-speech word, banned throughout Scotland by the law against threatening communications, is to compare climate-change “deniers” with Holocaust deniers.
It mattered not to the vice chancellor, nor to the “artist,” that I do not deny the existence of climate change, which has, after all, been happening for 6,000 or 4.5 billion years, depending on your point of view. I do not even deny that man may have some as yet unquantified but probably insignificant and even net-beneficial influence on the climate.
Indeed, I have recently published with three distinguished colleagues a scientific paper making that fact quite plain. It’s well worth a read. Go to Scibull.com, click on “Most Read Articles,” and ours is the all-time No. 1 in the 60-year archive of the Science Bulletinof the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Download it now, and get all your friends to do the same. The more the Science Bulletin’sticker for our paper counts up, the more it will be realized that the scientific viewpoint we represent is widely supported.
The mere truth, however, did not stand in the way of the “university” or of the “artist,” who is recorded in the “university’s” press release as having said: “With this work [work?],I envisage a time when the deliberate denial of climate change will be seen as a crime because it hinders progress towards a low carbon future.” Kill them, kill them all!
To make the air of palpable menace worse, Aled Jones, director of the “Global” “Sustainability” “Institute” at the “university,” said the “sculpture could be viewed in decades to come as a monument to a period of history that saw scientific knowledge battle to be heard above political ideologies.”
In the context, what he meant was that climate “deniers” like me – even though our detailed and legitimate scientific objections to the climate scam have been reviewed and published in the Science Bulletin(have you downloaded our paper yet?) and many learned journals – were mere political ideologues, while totalitarian true-believers like him, with little knowledge of and no interest in the scientific truth, were the sole repository of “scientific knowledge.”
In fact, it is the other way around.
Every so often, I decide not to do what a couple of the other names on the tombstone did. I decided not to laugh it off. A death threat is a death threat. It is no laughing matter.
I have recently been reading Richards’ masterly three-volume history of the Third Reich. The first volume deals with the perplexing question of how that monstrous regime came to be. And it is plain that the long, relentless campaign of intimidation by the Nazis of their opponents, with name-calling and death threats very similar to that perpetrated by the “university” and by all too many others over the past 10 years, was an essential part of the process.
Most people laughed off the Nazi threats, at first. In Britain and in many other countries, full-on appeasement followed, in the hope that looking the other way would make the threats vanish.
It didn’t work. Tens of millions died because too few – the few including such honorable and courageous men as Popes Pius XI and XII and Cardinal Faulhaber of Munich – openly spoke out against the terror. The Nazis then, like their ideological successors at the “university” today, meant what they said.
So my clerk wrote to the vice chancellor, listing a couple of dozen previous instances, all of them in the past decade, where death threats and demands for trial, imprisonment and execution had been made, very publicly, against climate skeptics. This is by no means an isolated or exceptional incident. There is an increasingly dangerous pattern to it.
I also wrote to the police and the procurator fiscal in Edinburgh, warning them that if the “university” did not remove the press release from the web and the tombstone from the gallery, I should expect them to prosecute the Internet service providers who were carrying the threat into Scotland.
The “university’s” first instinct was to call in the shysters who are always willing, if paid enough, to come to the defense even of the nastiest totalitarian bullies. In this case, the shysters were Anderson Strathern LLP of Glasgow. Don’t use them, ever, for any purpose. For they pretended there was no connection between the phrase “climate-change denier” and “Holocaust denier” – though all they had to do was to Google the two terms together to see just how deliberate and how widespread that connection is. And they said the “university” had “no proposals to make.”
By then, however, the police and the fiscal were in the picture, so the “university” found it expedient to ignore its shysters and to come to its senses. The press release has been removed from the web, both by the “university” and by another Cambridge website that had unwisely reproduced it. And the tombstone is now gone, too.
The poisonous air of palpable menace remains. Dr Roger Pielke Jr., a scientist who has taken a gently skeptical view on some aspects of the climate question, has recently announced that he can no longer conduct climate research, because he fears for the safety of himself and his family.
No doubt many more scientists would have spoken out by now against the totalitarian profiteers of doom who are doing so much to destroy not only the economy but also the freedom of the West.
As the danger that an unelected world government will be inflicted upon us at the Paris climate summit this December draws ever closer, we are expecting more such malevolent attacks by the environmentalist Sturmabteilung. But we shall not be deterred by totalitarian thuggery. We shall continue to speak the truth as best we can discern it, whether today’s Nazis like it or not.
And if you are tempted to cite Godwin’s “Law” to the effect that he who calls his opponents Nazis has lost the argument, let me cite Monckton’s Law in return: Those who cite Godwin’s Law confirm ipso facto that they are supporters of today’s totalitarian criminals.
Whatever you do, don’t send your daughter to Anglia Ruskin “University.” And don’t ever send it so much as a dime. It is an unworthy institution. Send the money to Cambridge University instead. We’ll put it to good and proper use: the advancement not of crude, fascist propaganda but of learning.
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