One leading question is how dubious science, shoddy economics and tried-and-failed socialist policies have come to dominate the democratic process in so many countries for so long. The answer appears to be the skill with which a radical minority — centred in and promoted by the UN, and funded by national governments and, even more bizarrely, corporations — has skilfully manipulated the political process at every level.
Last week, it was reported that the U.S. chief negotiator for climate change, Jonathan Pershing, reminded environmental NGOs — at a closed-door meeting — of who paid for their presence at shindigs such as Doha. This was treated as outrageous pressure. More intriguing is just why governments would be paying for organizations to go to conferences and criticize them. The only explanation, apart from sheer governmental schizophrenia, is that perhaps governments quite like the idea of agitators whose whole raison d’être is to justify more and bigger government.
The true believers of climate change disaster – those prepared to incur domestic costs to reduce emissions – are now limited to the EU failed state and an antipodean polity run (hopefully temporarily) by union gangsters and at least one of their molls.
But the Obama administration has not given up and is still financing the peanut gallery of NGOs. The fact that this is so little remarked upon is distressing to those of us who are naive enough to believe that democratic governments should serve the people rather than use their taxes to lead and ‘educate’ them.
But it is symptomatic of a shift from government as the servant to government as the master. Mises confronted the same dismal reality in the broader context of how liberalism can prevail in the face of a populist democracy.
Schumpeter’s pessimism is legendary, “People at large would have to be possessed of an insight and a power of analysis which are altogether beyond them. Why, practically every nonsense that has ever been said about capitalism has been championed by some professed economist”.
Raico, Ralph (2012-03-27). Classical Liberalism and the Austrian School (LvMI) (p. 287). Ludwig von Mises Institute. Kindle Edition.