From my point of view, one of the most virulent threats to freedom nowadays in the Western world derives from a new state "religion" called global warming. In the absence of an effective separation of state and "religion," science is under massive attack and in advanced decline in many of its institutions.
During a conference I attended in Prague, Czechia, a gentleman from the University of Cambridge, UK, admitted he was impressed to have met in me the first German, who is opposing the theory and corresponding policies of anthropocentric global warming (AGW). Not only that people in my country are being systematically misled and discouraged to take an oppositional stance, I know a number of players in the huge subsidised markets that have grown up around the new "religion" who tell me on the quite that they think the whole AGW-thing a scam, yet either fear to swim against the tide or pragmatically conclude that there is easy and big money to be made from jumping on the bandwagon. My country is criss-crossed by drag marks of fanaticism and corruption. This cultus is totalitarian (like any state of war) and it is accustoming people to accept totalitarian practices.
Climatologist Tim Ball reminds us in his new book The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science,
... very few [scientists opining on climate change/global warming; G.T.] are familiar with the science. They, like most of the public, assume other scientists would not distort, manipulate, or do anything other than proper science. When scientists find out, they are shocked, as exemplified in German meteorologist Klaus-Eckert Puls’s comment:
“Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data—first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it.”
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