Friday, January 10, 2003

Academic dishonesty in Denmark 

Nick Schulz has an excellent article up at Tech Central Station discussing the continuing smear campaign against Bjorn Lomborg, author of The Skeptical Environmentalist. The Economist and Reason both offer the same coverage. A Danish committee on scientific discovery accuses Lonborg of "systematic onesidedness" (something we would never say about, oh, the StarTribune). And yet through the whole finding of that committee one can find not a single piece of evidence in favor of this conclusion. Charles Paul Freund points out in the Reason piece that this pronouncement by the Danish committee has a long history, q.v., the Counter-Reformation Church and Stalin's purges. As I mentioned last October, any challenges of hard environmentalism are attacked in quasi-religious fashion; as a poster on an email list from which I got this article said, this is surrogate socialism which has not even an attempt at justification. The parallels to free market economists' time in the wilderness (between the Great Depression and the Great Inflation) is telling -- I hope Lonborg does not have to wait for his resurrection as long as Friedrich Hayek did.