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Krugman Redefines Treason

June 29, 2009 by

Paul Krugman, never one to hold back on comments, now has declared that anyone who doe s not believe as he does on global warming is guilty of “treason against the planet.” Lest a reader think I am exaggerating, here is what he wrote:

And as I watched the deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against the planet.

To fully appreciate the irresponsibility and immorality of climate-change denial, you need to know about the grim turn taken by the latest climate research.

But, there is so much more to his apocalyptic attacks on anyone who might think differently:

To fully appreciate the irresponsibility and immorality of climate-change denial, you need to know about the grim turn taken by the latest climate research. (Emphasis mine)

The fact is that the planet is changing faster than even pessimists expected: ice caps are shrinking, arid zones spreading, at a terrifying rate. And according to a number of recent studies, catastrophe — a rise in temperature so large as to be almost unthinkable — can no longer be considered a mere possibility. It is, instead, the most likely outcome if we continue along our present course.

Thus researchers at M.I.T., who were previously predicting a temperature rise of a little more than 4 degrees by the end of this century, are now predicting a rise of more than 9 degrees. Why? Global greenhouse gas emissions are rising faster than expected; some mitigating factors, like absorption of carbon dioxide by the oceans, are turning out to be weaker than hoped; and there’s growing evidence that climate change is self-reinforcing — that, for example, rising temperatures will cause some arctic tundra to defrost, releasing even more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

This truly is amazing. Krugman pretty much now holds the view that HE is the standard of good and proper thought. Remember, throughout history, the punishment for “treason” has been death. By the way, don’t think that people like Krugman are going to back off. Holocaust “denial” in parts of Europe is punishable by prison, and I guarantee you that people like Krugman and his zealot friends will want similar legislation in the USA for “global warming denial.” I wish I were exaggerating, but I see this coming.

One thing that does interest me is that Krugman pretends that other researchers (including researchers at MIT) who hold to different views simply don’t exist, or anyone who does express a dissenting view either is an industry stooge or insane. And all of us know what must be done about these “enemies of the people,” or should I say, “Enemies of the planet.”


Gil June 30, 2009 at 12:43 am

What happened to the Libertarian notion that ‘victims of pollution’ could sue ‘emitters of pollution’ in court? If some Libertarians actually believe pollution amounts to ‘trespass’ then the Industrial Revolution ought never have happened because of the amount of pollution required for the upkeep of all that machinery. We’d all be still living in a medieval lifestyle and the world’s population would be 500 million people or so.

Pierre June 30, 2009 at 4:00 am

Bellow is a link to an interesting paper which as nearly been undertaken by EPA officials. A little bit long but very instructive as to the lack of scientific evidence supporting certain common thinking.


LightBringer June 30, 2009 at 7:45 am

Gil: because most people were willing to put up with pollution so they could have a job :) The mass migration from the country to the cities shows this to be true. In a libertarian society, you only sue people when you believe the result will be beneficial to you – otherwise everyone will be involved with litigation all the time.

Eric Parks June 30, 2009 at 7:51 am

I find it interesting that Krugman uses the words “global warming” only once – towards the bottom of the rant. He uses “climate change” four times. I wonder why?

He talks about things being worse than scientists had expected. This means the scientists were wrong in their calculations. What else were they wrong about?

All of this talk of treason sounds like the republicans a while back when enough wasn’t being done to fight terror. If we only had the power to get things done the way they should be rather than deal with a wishy-washy Congress…

Maybe a dictator could get things done just so.

John Nurbo June 30, 2009 at 7:53 am

Global Warming propagandists are Socialist, Communist Scumbags.

There aren’t in the “business” of “saving the planet” for the sake of the planet. No way !

They are in the “business” of “saving” the planet in order to destroy capitalism and install their one-world socialist communist government.

The see the environmental issue as a highly mobilizing base from which they can launch attacks against capitalism, against the free market, against private property and against individual freedoms.

Their goal is not clean air, is not healthy ecosystems nor a green world.

Their goal is socialism and communism. What they hope to do is use this global warming craze in order to destroy free market capitalism and destroy private property rights.

Their real agenda is to destroy as much economic freedoms as possible. They couldn’t care less about ecology and cooler climate.

I Hate Smokers June 30, 2009 at 8:02 am


At least the guy coming with an ax is honest about wanting to kill me and doesn’t pretend to be a nice guy LOL !

Chances are, the guy with an ax coming to kill me has a big disgusting cigar in his mouth, LOL !

Just kidding.

Smokers aren’t “murderers” but they are guilty of criminal neglect which can cause death.

Krugistan has weapons of intellectual mass destruction, June 30, 2009 at 8:18 am

Being in support of legislation that is against the Constitution of America and which endangers its citizens is,by definition, traitorous.And therefore Paul Krugman is absolutley a traitor to the USA. The rest of the planet is indifferent to the psychopathic ramblings of a has-been, Sveriges Riksbank Prize winning International trade theorist .

Emil Suric June 30, 2009 at 10:49 am

Global warming is not an Earth specific phenomena; it’s occurring on Mars, Venus, Triton, Pluto, and other plants within our solar system. The true causes of global warming are increased solar flares, and orbital shifts. Carbon and Methane emissions are a 800 year lagging indicator.

Freedom First June 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

Emil Suric and all other FAKE Libertarians,

I see that you debate the fact that global warming is true or the fact that it is caused by man.

What you are really saying is that you are ready to turn your back away from freedom, private property rights and capitalism should global warming be proven to exist and be caused by man after all. Shame on you !

ME, I think that Freedom comes first no matter if the world is getting hotter or cooler.

I think that even if global warming is true and caused by man, that it is wrong to assault our personal freedoms, wrong to assault our private property rights and wrong to assault free market capitalism.

Those measures will kill far more people than global warming itself.

As a libertarian, I believe in freedom first and foremost. I won’t debate the truthfulness or the causes of global warming.

You are playing the enemy’s game and effectively giving legitimacy to their tyranny should global warming be proven true after all.

You are not Libertarians, you are assholes who deserve a great big kick in the groins.

You think that freedom is not important because you never shock yourself at the assault against freedom perpetrated by all the Krugmans or the Al-Gores of the world.

You are shocked at their bogus science but not at their bogus politics.

Shame on you.

As a Libertarian, I don’t care if global warming is true or not, you had better not assault my personal freedoms, my private property rights or free market capitalism.

If you were Libertarians, you would think that way as well.

As Libertarians, our duty is to fight against government encroachment, not debate global warming.

I Hate Liberals June 30, 2009 at 11:19 am


In that case, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, the Brady campaigners, are the biggest traitors this nation has ever faced.

Walt D. June 30, 2009 at 11:26 am

I agree with Eric. Also, we are due for another Ice Age. This is certain. The real question is when. Here is an interesting article that suggests that the Earth may be on the brink of another Ice Age.

Walt D. June 30, 2009 at 11:30 am

Sorry, I meant that I agree with Emil (Suric).

Walt D. June 30, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Krugman should read this supressed EPA report. It appears we have traitors in the EPA!

I Hate Liberals June 30, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Walt. D.

Since we are due for another ice age and that this would be detrimental to our economy and crop production.

I propose the following solution to combat against the coming ice age.

Burn more fossil fuels. That way we get double whammy. We get all the economic benefits of a fast economy and prosperity while preventing another ice age catastrophe.

G8R HED June 30, 2009 at 1:13 pm


Your name isn’t Paul Krugman, is it?

“And as I watched the libertarian deniers make their arguments, I couldn’t help thinking that I was watching a form of treason — treason against other libertarians.”

Krugistan June 30, 2009 at 1:37 pm

I Hate Liberals
Krugistan,In that case, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Diane Feinstein, the Brady campaigners, are the biggest traitors this nation has ever faced.

Biggest? Perhaps. Latest? Yes.

Emil Suric June 30, 2009 at 1:47 pm

@ “Freedom First”

Obviously you do care, and you seem extremely emotional about it. The science is not in your corner, the facts do not support the theory. It’s inconvenient, I know. Taking a position is not “playing into the enemies hand,” especially when they’re wrong, and we’re right.

Yitz Weiss June 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm

This is a great article that really makes the case for what’s real and what’s not.

* Robert Tracinski and Tom Minchin: Intellectual Climate Change: Could Australia ‘Blow Apart the Great Global Warming Scare’? (VERY INTERESTING!) http://jewishworldreview.com/0609/tracinski.php3

damocles June 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm

The really impressive part is that Krugman’s “facts” are utterly wrong; satellite measurements show the planet has been cooling since 1998 and will probably continue to do so until 2030 since we are entering a solar minimum. An internal EPA paper pointing this out was suppressed by the Obama White House, but has now escaped. A number of Russian and British scientists are worried about a new Ice age. I guess, according to the clowns like Krugman, they should be tried and convicted for pointing out that Al Gore has no clothes.

Bruce de la Vega July 1, 2009 at 12:20 am

I’m fairly certain that “global warming” is political propaganda.

OTOH, I’m certain the holocaust is fact.

Gil July 1, 2009 at 12:44 am

Lightbringer – your post doesn’t make obvious sense. For example, suppose a copper mine starts operating upstream of a farming village. Suppose the villagers and animals are getting ill from pollutants dumped in the river the farmers are using. Do the farmers sue or do they have to move? Can the copper mine owners counter with “we’re supplying everyone with copper, especially for electrical wiring, we’re helping to improve peoples’ standards of living whilst you quaint farmers are trying to live in times gone by”?

Similarly, suppose for the moment AGW (I’m questioning the problem of negative externalities as opposed trying to show AGW is true (I’m personally sitting on the fence with AGW)) can be shown to be true and can some disastrous for some people. Can there be the right to sue or tax polluters? Or to those who would be affected have to move because the benefits brought with the pollution more than outweigh any justification to control polluters?

Andrey July 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Propogandist Paul Krugman onse again does his job with enthusiasm.

His religious language, a militant islamist’s intolerance and attacks on science and independent thinking seem almost unreal.

Can this really be happening?

Did he really just say what he said?

Is this a respectable academic, Nobel Prize winner talking like Goebbels in a 21st century America?

Looks like an Orwellian nightmare, really.

David July 4, 2009 at 1:45 am

Where do we turn ourselves in?

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