Leftist Kult Kuts (IV)
What with me being in the States, I haven't seen the programme under review but I can still appreciate a good piece a writing when I read it.
The Pathfinder column in next month's Socialist Standard carries Paddy Shannon's - the talking head in that video - review of Channel 4's 'The Great Global Warming Swindle' Swindle. I'm sure British readers of the blog will already have an opinion of the programme, and will know of the controversy surrounding the programme maker, Martin Durkin's, previous programme for Channel 4, 'Against Nature'.
However, the reason I'm mentioning a programme that I haven't seen on the blog is because of one of the comments that the review received when I posted it on the MySpace Socialist Standard page. 'The Commons Newspaper' wrote:
"I was wondering what this program was about as I live in the US. I received a call from some Larouche people inviting me to attend a showing of the film. Don't condemn me for putting my phone number on a war protest list I didn't know that Larouche was involved. Anyways I got a call and the first thing the person on the other end said was that "global warming is a conspiracy by corporations." This led to a twenty minute argument about how corporations have no interest in environmental control and that global warming is real. It seems that conspiracy theories do much more damage than good the "Holocaust Hoax" is gaining in the mainstream in addition to global warming and 9/11 conspiracies you have to believe visual and scientific evidence despite the negative implications not everyone is out to get us."
Not one for conspiracy theories myself, I still have to raise a smile at the thought of ex-Trots turned right-wing conspiracy theorists on one side of the pond using the material from a latter generation of ex-Trots turned right-wing conspiracy theorists on the other side of the pond, for their campaign purposes in proving to the rest of us that there are special interests at work behind the shadows. Furedi and LaRouche . . . now that's a dream team.