Gosh, a free book from Tom Kratman

For no money at all Baen are giving away a book by the slightly scary Tom Kratman: http://www.baen.com/a-state-of-disobedience.html

Timothy is a big fan of the infamous Tank Marmot. I’ve quickly skimmed it and the hero appears to advocate Leon Trotsky’s theory  of permanent revolution:

“But the biggest thing she was wrong about was this: sure, the federal government will grow again . . . or the state governments will get so powerful that they’ll become as obnoxious as Willi’s ultimately did. But so?”
Jack shrugged. “So?”
“So we do this again. And again. And again. As often as necessary. But, you know, that may not be all that often. And we’re a great country, Jack. Even now. We can afford a revolution every now and again to shake things up and put us back on the right track. I just hope . . .”
“Yes?” Jack encouraged.
“Well . . . I just hope we can always do it without resorting to a real civil war.”

So is it possible that despite the apparent anti-left leanings, this is secretly a Trotskyist manual of insurrection?

Don’t Forget Global Warming: Chapter 7 Nigella Lawson’s less interesting dad

Nigel Lawson offers some indignant waffle and not much else.

Intro, Ch 1, Ch2, Ch3, An Aside, Ch4, Ch5, Ch6, Section 1, …

There really isn’t a lot to this chapter. Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer heads up a registered charity called the Global Warming Policy Foundation. In this chapter, Nigel moans about people being mean to him and doing awful things like asking who funds the Global Warming Policy Foundation, which is definitely not the fossil fuel industry because he says so and he wouldn’t lie about things like that.

As I have pointed out on a number of occasions, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees decided, from the outset, that it would neither solicit nor accept any money from the energy industry or from anyone with a significant interest in the energy industry. And to those who are not— regrettably— prepared to accept my word, I would point out that among our trustees are a bishop of the Church of England, a former private secretary to the Queen, and a former head of the Civil Service. Anyone who imagines that we are all engaged in a conspiracy to lie is clearly in an advanced stage of paranoia.

In the meantime, we are supposed to accept the implication that thousands of scientists, as well as many research institutions and peak scientific bodies, are lying about the dangers and science of global warming.

However, we do know that the Global Warming Policy Foundation broke the rules according to the UK’s Charity Commission http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/lord-lawson-and-his-climate-change-sceptics-broke-charity-bias-rules-9765908.html  and have a track record of being substantially less that truthful. There track record on civil debate is pretty poor also http://web.archive.org/web/20140511082724/http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/nigel-lawsons-climatechange-denial-charity-intimidated-environmental-expert-9350069.html.Yet, given that the foundation appears to be quite openly engaged in spreading falsehoods, Nigel is quite right to deny that this a conspiracy.