We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Via Am. Thinker, explaining the deep thinking of a Soros employee:
...It’s an outlook that is deeply critical, even skeptical, of systems, models and sedimented language, but is ultimately rooted in worldly faith, rather than skepticism itself.
Letting beings be — trusting them to come forth — it seems to me, is the motivating sensibility of radically progressive activism. It’s a question of faith — in the world, in polar bears, in sea turtles, in pygmy owls, in the authority of poetry and painting, in the rightness of ice that has cooled our planet for 800,000 years and is now coming apart.
What about dinosaurs? And the "rightness of ice"? Ice is never right in a gin Martini but, OK, it is right in a Mint Julip and in a Coke with a lime. The guy sounds psychotic to me. Word salad.
I can be as alarmist as anyone about an environmental catastrophe if I can be convinced it's happening. I worry about the world's fisheries, about our estuaries, about clean fresh water--all kinds of things. I'm prepared to make big changes in my own life to address environmental problems that are important to me, like pesticide use and monoculture.
What separates me from warmists is that, try as I might, I can't make the evidence fit the conclusion. I think they're just nuts. It's not that I have faith in polar bears or anything ridiculous of that kind. Apparently the biggest difference is that I have a classical education in science and logic, while they have something I can't put my finger on, but it seems to involve a fuzzy belief in whatever is popular and/or politically expedient. These are the same people who can be taken in by "scientific" racism, opposition to vaccines, homeopathy, or--frankly--foolproof schemes to time the market or win at racetrack betting.