Prominent American Scientists Call For Eco-Dictatorship Under UN Rule
February 20th, 2013
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In a peer-reviewed paper by the American Institute of Biological Sciences titled â€śSocial Norms and Global Environmental Challengesâ€ť (available ahead of print), to be published in the march 2013 edition of the Instituteâ€™s yearly journal BioScience, a group of well-known scientists calls on government and scientists to start with the planned social engineering of â€śnormsâ€ť and â€śvaluesâ€ť in regards to environmental policies. In addition, they propose putting into effect all sorts of environmental fines and regulations in the spirit of Agenda 21 to hasten the social acceptance of increased governmental control. Also, they propose that the scientific community as a whole should align itself with government â€śthrough a concerted effort to change personal and social normsâ€ť.
The group of scientists involved in the upcoming publication include two Nobel Prize winners, economist Kenneth Arrow and political scientist Elinor Ostrom, as well as behavioral scientists, mathematicians, biologists- not to mention population scientists, the most well-known of whom are Paul Ehrlich and Gretchen C. Daily- whose professional relationship dates back to the Ecoscience days. The authors start out by stating:
â€śSome have argued that progress on these (global environmental) problems can be made only through a concerted effort to change personal and social norms. They contend that we must, through education and persuasion, ensure that certain behaviors (â€¦) become ingrained as a matter of personal ethics.â€ť Stating that education and persuasion are insufficient to accomplish behavioral changes, they note:
â€śSubstantial numbers of people will have to alter their existing behaviors to address this new class of global environmental problems. Alternative approaches are needed when education and persuasion alone are insufficient. Policy instruments such as penalties, regulations, and incentives may therefore be required to achieve significant behavior modification.â€ť
Proposing that â€śeffective policies (â€¦) are ones that induce both short-term changes in behavior and longer-term changes in social normsâ€ť, the collection of prominent scientists assert that â€śgovernment is uniquely obligated to locate the common good and formulate its policies accordingly.â€ť
The upcoming report however stresses that scientists are given the tools to have a hand in
â€śgovernment policies intended to alter choices and behaviorsâ€ť such as â€śactive norm management, changing the conditions influencing behaviors, financial interventions, and regulatory measures.â€ť
Each of these policy instruments potentially influences personal and social norms in different ways and through different mechanisms. Each also carries the danger of backfiring, which is often called a boomerang effect in the literatureâ€”eroding compliance and reducing the prevalence of the desired behaviors and the social norms that support those behaviorsâ€ť.
â€śEroding complianceâ€ť, it is called. Anticipating that an increase in regulatory interventions by government are sure to create resistance among the target population, the scientists express confidence that their recommendations â€ścan be carried out in a way that abides by the principles of representative democracy, including transparency, fairness, and accountability.â€ť
Despite these on-the-surface soothing words, the authors stress that government (and the scientific community) should ultimately â€śmove beyondâ€ť public consent when it comes to top-down regulations imposed on the American people:
â€śSome have argued that regulations are inherently coercive and cannot or should not exceed implied levels of public permission for such regulations. An alternative viewpoint is that governments can and even should move beyond existent levels of public permission in order to shift norms, allowing public sentiment to later catch up with the regulationâ€ť.
By admitting they are willing to â€śmove beyond existent levels of public permissionâ€ť to push ahead with draconian environmental policies, these prominent scientists (among whom we find two Nobel laureates and one Paul Ehrlich) have proven their willingness to deceive the American population for their â€śenvironmentalâ€ť control model. As Aaron Dykes put it whileÂ interviewingÂ Lord Christopher Monckton,, the environmental â€ścauseâ€ť is nothing more than â€śan absolute valued pretext for their absolute control modelâ€ť.
The engineering of public â€śnormsâ€ť serves not so much any environmental cause, but another one, namely that environmental policies, even draconian ones, will finally be perceived by the US population as being consistent with their own personal norms.
The way in which government may go about it shifting norms, the scientists argue, is by on the one hand â€śmanaging normsâ€ť through â€śsuch things as advertising campaigns, information blitzes, or appeals from respected figuresâ€ť. The other aspect involved is the use of financial incentives and disincentives with the aim of conditioning the public to accept an increasing governmental control over personal behavior. The paper continues by saying that the best way to alter existing behaviors is through persuasive government regulations â€śsuch as penalties, regulations, and incentivesâ€ť in order to â€śachieve significant behavior modification.â€ť
â€śFines can (â€¦) be an effective way to alter behavior, in part because they (like social norm management) signal the seriousness with which society treats the issue.â€ť
By extension, the authors express hope that behaviors and values will â€ścoevolveâ€ť alongside increased government control in the form of state regulations and â€śfinesâ€ť:
â€śA carbon tax might (â€¦) prove effective even in the face of near-term opposition. What needs to be assessed is the possibility that behaviors and values would coevolve in such a way that a carbon taxâ€”or other policy instrument that raises prices, such as a cap-and-trade systemâ€”ultimately comes to be seen as worthy, which would therefore allow for its long-term effectivenessâ€ť
In the context of this idea that shifting norms will â€ścoevolveâ€ť alongside increased government regulations, the authors state:
â€śEach of the government interventions can influence both personal and social norms, although they do so through different mechanisms. Only social norm management directly targets norms. Choice architecture, financial instruments, and regulations can all alter social norms by causing people to first change their behaviors and then shift their beliefs to conform to those behaviors.â€ť
In other words: the scientists propose arousing the concept of cognitive dissonance in the minds of people in order to guide the herd towards â€śproenvironmentalâ€ť citizenship.
â€śWhen it comes to environmental issuesâ€ť, the scientists write, â€śtwo different types of social norms are at play in these dynamics: social norms of conformity or cooperation and proenvironment social norms. Only the first type need be present to induce proenvironment behaviors (although proenvironment personal norms may emerge from this through, e.g., cognitive dissonance, experience, or associating the positive feeling from social approval for an act with the act itself).â€ť
In the upcoming publication the concepts of peer-pressure and cognitive dissonance are being brought into the equation as effective norm-determining factors:
â€ś(â€¦) norms of conformity and cooperation are far more universal than are proenvironment norms and are therefore far more powerful in inducing proenvironment behaviors that do not conflict with preexisting values or preferences. In other words, proenvironment values are not a necessary prerequisite to proenvironment behaviors.â€ť
While the authors express their hope that government expands control through all kinds of environmental regulations, they argue that scientists (especially life scientists) should align with big government, join forces in an unrelenting campaign to gradually create changes in behavior so environmental policies will be more easily accepted over the course of some time.
â€śLife scientists could make fundamental contributions to this agenda through targeted research on the emergence of social normsâ€ť, the group asserts.
â€ś(â€¦) many of the empirical studies cited in this article originate in law, psychology, economics, behavioral economics, anthropology, political science, and sociology. We know, for example, that the effective management of any commons requires sensitivity to local conditions, sound monitoring, graduated sanctions, and conflict-resolution mechanisms.â€ť
Who better to guide the sheep towards â€śgood environmental citizenshipâ€ť than those scientists specialized in social engineering:
â€śLife scientists have a role to play in this by extending their existing theoretical analyses. To be effective, scholars of all stripes will have to extend their capacity to collaborate with decision- and policymakers in order to ensure realism and relevance.â€ť
The scientists would, in such an environmental dictatorship, also have a monitoring capacity:
â€śScientists could (â€¦) effectively examine how combinations of different policy interventions and of the relative timing of deployment play out.â€ť
The paper is concluded with three distinct recommendations to both scientists and governmental agencies:
â€ś(1) the greater inclusion of social and behavioral scientists in periodic environmental policy assessments; (2) the establishment of teams of scholars and policymakers that can assess, on policy-relevant timescales, the short- and long-term efficiency of policy interventions; and (3) the alteration of academic norms to allow more progress on these issues.â€ť
This entire publication is a clear and unmistakable sign that a scientific dictatorship is emerging under the pretext of environmentalism. More government control through regulations and fines combined with a proactive scientific community, brainwashing people into accepting this increasing governmental control where they would otherwise reject it. And guess who should be the coordinating body of this scientific dictatorship, according to the report:
â€śTeams might be supported by permanent entities that maintain communication with policymakers; these will differ among nations but could be attached to the United Nations and its subsidiary bodies in the international context. One potential model is a national commitment of scientific talent in the service of United Nations agencies.â€ť
The United Nations. Of course!
â€śThese teams could also be charged with anticipating crises and evaluating potential policy responses in advance, since detailed evaluation in the midst of a crisis may be problematic; such emergency preparedness would probably focus on the immediate effects of policies on behaviors rather than on changing social norms, because this is likely to be of greatest relevance in a crisis.â€ť
All this talk of putting the UN behind the steering wheel of American government and the American scientific community points to the coming of age of the dreaded scientific dictatorship, against which many observers have warned us.
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