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March of the zealots
I decided to put it here because it depends on a lot of sycophantic people to make it possible.

Numbers Watch

John Brignell
March 2008


Every age has its dominant caste. This is the age of the zealot. Twenty years ago they were dismissed as cranks and fanatics, but now they are licensed to interfere in the every day lives of ordinary people to an unprecedented degree. When Bernard Levin first identified the new phenomenon of the SIFs (Single Issue Fanatics) many of us thought it was a bit of a joke or at most an annoyance. Now the joke is on us. In that short time they have progressed from being an ignorable nuisance to what is effectively a branch of government. They initiate legislation and prescribe taxation. They form a large and amorphous collection of groups of overlapping membership, united and defined by the objects of their hatred (industry, tobacco, alcohol, adiposity, carbon, meat, salt, chemicals in general, radio waves, field sports etc.) Their success in such a short time has been one of the most remarkable phenomena in the whole of human history.

I despise such people who a few decades ago would have been beaten up to a pulp.
It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies.

–William O. Douglas, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1952
(04-12-2010, 05:16 PM)Sunsettommy Wrote: I despise such people who a few decades ago would have been beaten up to a pulp.

That won't work today. They have made laws that protect them from us.

The real problem is the general apathy that allowed this situation to fester uncontrolled.

Look on this as a form of evolution. This will be a question of survival of the smartest.
Environmentalism is based on lies and the lies reflect an agenda that regards humanity as the enemy of the Earth. - Alan Caruba

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