This week what is reported as being the largest-ever gathering of world leaders is meeting in Paris to make plans to ostensibly combat global warming. I say ostensibly because I honestly don’t know whether these leaders even believe the hyperbolic rhetoric of global warming alarmists these days, but they certainly do understand political opportunity when it comes knocking.
The timing of this particular meeting comes shortly after I came across some very interesting passages from the pen of C. S. Lewis in an essay entitled, “Is Progress Possible? Willing Slaves of the Welfare State.” Given the current situation, Lewis’s remarks seem particularly prescient. Lewis writes:
I dread government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in. In every age the men who want us under their thumb, if they have any sense, will put forward the particular pretension which the hopes and fears of that age render most potent. They ‘cash in’. It has been magic, it has been Christianity. Now it will certainly be science.
This of course applies not only to global warming, but any number of current hot-button issues, from same-sex marriage and transgenderism to abortion and euthanasia. Progressives repeatedly and without justification claim the mantle of science to support their preferred positions, dismissing all opposition as “anti-science.”
We must give full weight to the claim that nothing but science, and science globally applied, and therefore unprecedented Government controls, can produce full bellies and medical care for the whole human race: nothing, in short, but a world Welfare State. It is a full admission of these truths which impresses upon me the extreme peril of humanity at present.
I am impressed by Lewis’s discernment, writing as he was in 1958. Fast forward 57 years to the present, and his words seem more relevant and applicable now than when he wrote them.
Heaven help us.