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Lomborg And The Marxist Eco Warriors

July 27, 2015

By Paul Homewood  




Dellers catches up with the latest attempts to exclude Bjorn Lomborg from Australian universities:


Earlier this year, I reported how a handful of green activists at the University of Western Australia had nixed a $4 million policy centre just because it was vaguely associated with “Skeptical Environmentalist” Bjørn Lomborg.

Now they’re at it again, this time at Flinders University in South Australia, where the student association’s general secretary Grace Hill has vowed to lead students in killing the project.

The University of Western Australia was to host the think tank, to be aligned with Lomborg­’s Copenhagen Consensus Centre and work in areas ranging from food security to social justice, but reversed its decision amid howls of protest from students and staff.

Flinders University Student Association general secretary Grace Hill said students would launch a campaign immediately against having “a climate change denial centre on campus”.

“I’m pretty repulsed by it,” she said.

“At this stage there seems to be no student or staff consultation. It’s right-wing junk. It was excellent to see him booted out of WA so hopefully the same will happen here.

And who exactly is this Grace Hill person when she’s at home? Well “Aussieguy” in the comments at Jo Nova has found a few clues at the university’s website.

Name: ​Grace Hill
Position: General Secretary
Degree: Bachelor of Government and Public Management

What does the General Secretary do?
The General Secretary calls meetings of the Student Council, organises the Student Council’s correspondence, helps clubs, and organises the First Year subcommittee. Contact me if you are a concerned First Year student and you want to be part of the sub-committee.

What are the important issues that drive you?
​Marxism, student rights, social justice.

There are at least two things that trouble me about this story—both of them depressingly symptomatic of our times.

The first is the modern media’s extraordinary willingness to treat fringe activists as if they were unbiased representatives of mainstream discourse.

I’ve never been to Flinders University, and I appreciate that students are a lot more PC than they were in my day. Even so, I’d hazard a guess that only a tiny minority of the students this self-described Marxist and social justice warrior supposedly represents as “General Secretary” of the “Student Council” share her rabid views. Most will rightly be preoccupied by more important stuff like getting drunk, getting stoned, and getting laid.

I don’t know whether it’s laziness or falling standards or ideology that leads respectable newspapers—in this case Australia’s Daily Telegraph—to give such prominence to these vexatious nonentities. But it certainly confers on them a power and respectability they really don’t deserve.

And the second troubling thing, related to the first, is what it tells us about the power of activism in the 21st century.

I blame social media.

In times past, damaged, angry, kill-joy types were generally quite isolated within the broader community and were consequently constrained from doing too much damage to anyone but themselves.

Occasionally, they’d find a soulmate and join the Baader Meinhof gang or the Manson family or fly off to Guyana to join the happy new family at the Rev Jones’s rainforest community. More usually, though, they’d be stuck safely in their bedsits writing gloomy poetry and unpublishable novels before either growing up and getting a job or realising the futility of it all and jumping off a bridge.

Not any more, though. Now, thanks to the Internet, these losers’ mawkish self-pity and peevish sense of grievance have been granted purpose and direction. Instead of bearing their troubles in lonely misery, they now have the power to inflict them on the rest of the world by dressing them up as noble causes, setting up a social media action campaign and corralling like-minded idiots into demanding that SOMETHING BE DONE.

And because normal people have better things to do then provide a counterweight to these campaigns, it’s the activists who end up winning because their strident, whiney voices are the only ones that are ever heard.

It’s possible, I suppose, that Flinders University will show more backbone in standing up for free speech than the University of Western Australia did. But given the state of academe generally in the Western world right now, I’d say the auguries aren’t good.

Here’s the irony: impeccably gay, vegetarian Bjørn Lomborg is not, as this silly half-baked Marxist student has tarred him, a man of the right but an avowed leftist.

Bjørn Lomborg believes the IPCC science 100%, and uses the “denier” term to distance himself from the scientific skeptics. It’s like cloaking himself in garlic, except it doesn’t work — true believers still hate him and seek to shut him down. Lomborg wants to stop fossil fuel subsidies, the arch-enemy in the believers world, and that’s not enough. Furthermore he wasn’t going to work at the Australian Consensus Centre and it wasn’t going to discuss the climate, but two steps of purification is not enough. Lomborg commits the unforgivable sin of wanting to spend enviro-gravy in ways that actually help the poor and protect the environment. He wants measurements and accountability.

Had Grace Hill done her homework—read round the subject, as people are supposed to do when they go to university so as, you know, to broaden their minds and avoid lazy, stereotypical thinking—she would have known this already.

  1. John Marshall permalink
    July 27, 2015 12:09 pm

    She sounds like a sensible well balanced young lady.(sarc off)

    Whilst I do not agree with all Lomborg says he does have good ideas and deserves to be heard.

  2. July 27, 2015 12:30 pm

    UK/AUS universities are now one of the First Class carriages of the public sector gravy train. Today we have the UK ones warning of derailment if the UK votes to leave the EU, and AUS ones either scared of or fully signed up members of the Green Lobby.

    When it comes to students they should not be regarded as “customers”, but as people that need educating, anyone that dislikes what is on offer should be shown the door.

  3. July 27, 2015 12:54 pm

    I have said for some time that the least diverse place is the American college campus. Seems as though Australia and others are catching up. What were the bastions of free-thinking and free speech have become tightly closed shops with no debate nor dissent allowed.

    If it has not been chiseled off the wall by now, here is a quote from Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia which he founded: “For here we are not afraid to follow truth no matter where it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it.”

    Reason and truth are no longer allowed on the college campus nor among the so-called “scientific community”.

  4. July 27, 2015 1:03 pm

    Reblogged this on the WeatherAction News Blog and commented:
    A typical SJW knee jerk reaction, high on emotion – because it’s all about their ‘feelings’ (‘repulsed’) – low on IQ.

    a spokesman for Dr Lomborg said yesterday: “The suggestion that either Dr Lomborg or the Copenhagen Consensus Centre denies the reality of man-made climate change is blatantly untrue. We welcome debate, but it is not on for people to simply make things up.” Dr Lomborg ­argues there are more immediate priorities to be addressed, including fighting malaria and HIV and securing safe water.

    Ironically on Twitter she defends free speech then goes around heckling anyone she deems ‘right-wing’.

    As Andrew Bolt said

    This attack on doubt and debate is shameful – a real throwback to the kind of persecution we’ve seen by communists, Nazis, Islamists and Inquisitors of other independent thinkers who dared to deviate from the official creed:

  5. rwoollaston permalink
    July 27, 2015 2:20 pm

    This is not new. I was a student at Essex University in the early/mid 70s, and recall several features of the politicisation of academic endeavours that existed then. Most notably, those students engaged with sport and on ‘real’ science degrees tended to be absent from the student political scene, which was dominated by left wing marxists (they called themselves the ‘hard left’). Probably the single most common degree pursued by these students was Sociology, probably followed by Government (but not so much Economics, the third subject in the School of Social Studies).

    (I’m not completely biased against Sociology; it contains many useful amd important insights, but does unfortunately confer on many who study it a patronising view of society.)

    One Government professor was virtually hounded out for pursuing research into the politics of Chile post Allende under Pinochet, as Allende was a darling of the left but his successor was from the right. This type of thing effectively meant that there was a left wing subject bias to compound the orientation of the students.

    I know that many civil service entrants as well as entrants into the world of politics and law came from this left wing social studies background (from all universities), and am pretty convinced that much of the irrationality we see today is as a result of this bias. People with no particular axe to grind tended (and probably still do tend) to go into finance or business oriented careers.

    The other more general point that I noted was that most of those influential in student politics had little real personal ideological basis to their beliefs – they went with the most popular ideological trends of the time as a route to power and status.

    In those days, the big environmental issue was expressed in a book called “The Limits to Growth.” Had the Club of Rome been right, we wouldn’t have a CO2 problem today as all the fossil fuel would already have been used up.

    Plus ca change, plus ca meme chose!


  6. Retired Dave permalink
    July 27, 2015 4:55 pm

    The opposite of Diversity is University.

    Isn’t amazing how in my lifetime academia had moved from the being the bastion of free speech to the exact opposite. And it isn’t just dumb students who are the perps..

  7. July 27, 2015 5:00 pm

    So the Grace Hill is basically lying through ignorance. And this is the top of the student heap?

    As for Delingpole, he pretty well hits a home run.

    • July 27, 2015 5:31 pm

      Back in the 1970’s, our Student Union President was Kate Hoey. She certainly seemed more down to earth then, and I am pleased at how she has got on since.

      • July 28, 2015 10:28 am

        Yes, Hunting Kate. One of the few Lefties (Frank Field being another) for whom I have any time. A good woman.

  8. nightspore permalink
    July 28, 2015 6:38 pm

    I was going to compliment you on the “vexatious nonentities” phrase; then I realized it came from the article by Delingpole. Anyway, thanks for posting it.


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