Lord Monckton has compared economist Ross Garnaut to nazis during a speech in the US. He cites Garnaut’s fascist behaviour before displaying the swastika.
When bringing up the symbol of history’s worst, one must tread carefully. There are those for whom the description is apt; Saddam, Mugabe, Kim Jong Il. Garnaut however, doesn’t deserve this comparison. It is a highly offensive remark and am glad to see Lord Monckton has apologised for it. As Andrew Bolt points out, skeptics are often subjected to equally offensive sledges, and as such, we have held a moral high ground, which Monckton has tarnished. He has undoubtably gone too far and damaged the skeptic argument.
While Jill Singer’s suggestion that skeptics be gassed and Richrad Glover’s half-joking assertion of tattooing resembles Hitler’s final solution, direct comparisons with Hitler would be unwarranted. They do however step into dangerous territory, mimicking some of the worst aspects of history.
The nazi remark may have gone too far, but the criticism of fascism may have merits. He suggests people should accept the science of climate change without question. He also advocates antidemocratic setiments.
While Garnaut can be considered in some parts to have fascist tendancies, Monckton’s nazi jibes are seriously uncalled for. Let the warmists sledge us, compare us to holocaust deniers all they want. They just dig themselves a deeper hole. We must resist the urge for this debate to descend any further into a needless tit for tat.