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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of National Review enjoy Marco Rubio’s demolition of Patrick Murphy in the Florida U.S. Senate debate.  They also discuss the real threat of voter fraud and the extent we know it’s happening as Donald Trump warns of a rigged election.  And they have fun as Politico’s Glenn Thrush is caught by Wikileaks referring to himself as a hack to John Podesta and asking Podesta not to tell anyone Thrush allowed him to look over his story and make changes.

When does Denial Become Fraud?

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 8.16.34 AMIn testimony before Congress, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Department of Justice “has discussed” bringing a civil RICO action against climate change “deniers” for fraud — similar to the Clinton Administration’s suits against the tobacco industry — and confirmed that it has issued a request for action to the FBI for consideration. Assuming that she really means it and isn’t just trying to threaten people into silence, what constitutes prosecutable denial? There are many levels of opposition to the belief that global warming is primarily caused by human activity and that this warming will be catastrophic. Here’s a list of beliefs in descending levels of dissent:

  • Global warming is a complete hoax;
  • The planet is warming, but due to natural causes;
  • Human activity contributes to global warming, but is not the primary driver;
  • Human activity contributes significantly to global warming, but the consequences are not catastrophic;
  • Human activity contributes significantly to global warming, but there is nothing we can do to stop it;
  • Human activity contributes significantly to global warming, but adaptation is more economical than trying to stop it;
  • Human activity contributes significantly to global warming and there may be something we can do to stop it, but we don’t yet know what that is; and
  • Human activity contributes significantly to global warming but, we don’t know yet how to stop it and, until we do know, we shouldn’t implement “solutions” that might only make things worse

Which of these statements constitutes the minimum standard for fraud?

Suppose the CEO of a company (say, ExxonMobil) asks its scientists to determine whether global warming is real and, if so, what the company’s position should be. Emails fly back and forth in an internal debate, representing all levels of belief and disbelief. In the end, the company decides (as ExxonMobil did) to back a carbon tax as the best response.

Fraud and Tyranny

 

ade651Fraud is a serious matter. One of the most egregious examples of it in recent years — and one that has gotten far too little press — is the ADE 651, a purported bomb detector used extensively by our allies during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. It was a complete fraud, not merely something that didn’t work as advertised, but a total lie from start to finish. In addition to lives directly lost to the device, think of the opportunity costs: the Iraqi government alone spent $85M on this hokum. In 2013, British “inventor” Jim McCormick was rightly convicted on several fraud charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison in the United Kingdom. Personally, I think he got off easy.

But while genuine fraud deserves strong punishment and the deepest opprobrium, prosecuting it too easily invites — indeed, sometimes creates — a tyrannical system. Not every stretched claim of fact amounts to fraud and interpretation of facts is another matter entirely. But of all imaginable vantage points from which one might want to push for fraud prosecutions, it’s hard to think of one worse suited than climate change, a subject characterized by incomplete evidence, mind-boggling complexity, and difficult-to-read signals. Unfortunately, that doesn’t trouble folks like Bill Nye, who thinks that criminalizing some forms of climate denial/skepticism is… well, he’d like to hear it out:

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The Democratic Party is working hard to make America a land ruled by an elite kept in power through fraud and coercion; a land in which people are fired for their personal beliefs; a land in which individuals are denounced if they contribute to causes opposed by those in power; a land in which private […]

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