During the 1980s I vividly recall being told, by people whose pessimism about the Cold War was so profound that they might as well have been Soviet agents of influence for all the use they were to the side they claimed to be on, that merely proving that despotic state centralism was an economic disaster would make no difference. Those wicked Soviet Communists - who were, they claimed, so very much cleverer than any of us - would still eat us all alive, and all the more horribly on account of having run out of stuff to eat in Russia and surrounding parts. Well, it turned out that winning that argument counted for quite a lot. And winning this one will count for a lot too.I remember them, too. If it's true that all the old Reds turned Green at the end of the Cold War, they've lost twice.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Quote of the Day - Climategate edition
From Samizdata, about the collapse of the theory of AGW in general and Copenhagen in particular: