A public relations stratagem by which people with no data and no facts can create controversy and confusion about topics on which there is a broad consensus. Topics such as tobacco causing cancer, asbestos causing cancer, global warming and evolution.
- Denialism: what is it and how should scientists respond? [More...]
- "The employment of rhetorical arguments to give the appearance of legitimate debate where there is none, an approach that has the ultimate goal of rejecting a proposition on which a scientific consensus exists." Denialism uses 5 major tactics.
- Motivated Rejection Of Science [More...]
- They find that endorsement of a laissez-faire conception of free-market economics predicts rejection of climate science and other established scientific findings, such as the facts that HIV causes AIDS and that smoking causes lung cancer.
- A Forgotten Legacy of George H. W. Bush [More...]
- Acid rain was and international problem solved with a cap-and-trade program in the 90s, despite industry resistance and denialism.
- Discredited ideas [More...]
- Libertarians have at one time or another adopted every erroneous view to avoid Keynsianism: Austrianism, Structuralism, Treasury View and Monetarism (Milton Friedman). All four have been refuted by history.
- Historical Revisionism (56 links)
- The facts of history do not support libertarianism. This spawns an industry supplying libertarians with false history that supports their beliefs.
- Libertarian Denialism
- Three types of denial commonly used by libertarians..
- Noise: Lies, Damned Lies, and Denial of Global Warming (book)
- "demonstrates how climate change denialist cherry pick, distort, or misuse statistical data to confuse or mislead the public. For serious students of climate change and techniques used by denialist, this book is a 'must have' for your library."
- Science Denialists (24 links)
- Libertarians overlap strongly with science denialists on global warming, vaccines, fluoridation, creationism, HIV, smoking, ozone hole, pollution, quack medicines, etc.
- The Anti-Scientific Revolution in Macroeconomics
- Paul Krugman reviews "the remarkable extent to which powerful groups, including a fair number of economists, have rejected intellectual progress [such as Keynesianism] because it disturbs their ideological preconceptions."
- The New Deal (8 links)
- Libertarians cannot explain the successes of FDR's New Deal. Hence, they engage in ridiculous denialism about how effective it was and attempt to undo New Deal progress. They greatly fear revisiting and extending the New Deal as FDR envisioned.
- The Science of Why We Don't Believe Science [More...]
- "Motivated reasoning" helps explain why we libertarians (among others) are so polarized over matters where the evidence is so unequivocal. It would seem that expecting people to be convinced by the facts flies in the face of, you know, the facts.
- Vast literatures as mud moats [More...]
- "Vast literatures" can be a waste of time when they are propaganda, content-free, or generally erroneous. Demands that you familiarize yourself with vast literatures before you argue can be mere rhetorical strategies, rather than genuine requirements for understanding.
- Whack-a-Mole [More...]
- Here’s a challenge for readers: how many long-debunked-but-will-never-die climate denial themes can you spot in the following advertisement from the New York Times back in 2000?
My concern is that we’re dealing with an industry -- exemplified by creationism and climate change denial -- that has built up a body of well-funded propaganda which allows their believers to rear up and say, "Well, we are citizen scientists who have our own facts, and we say that the Earth is 6000 years old and global warming is just a natural cycle." They aren’t going to be impressed by published, verified facts about the natural world when they have something even more significant to them: validation of their biases, consilience with their holy book, resentment and paranoia about those damned ivory tower eggheads.
PZ Myers, "Science in America"