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Chambers and Peterson: Climate change alarmism is a lot of hot air

Written By | Jan 14, 2019
Robert Chambers and Jordan Peterson

WASHINGTON. What do Robert Chambers and Jordan Peterson have in common? One died in the 19th century, the other is with us today. Both, however, share key values and perceptions. Robert Chambers was a 19th century Scotsman. He was a writer, publisher, and thinker. Chambers was also had the respect of the scientific and political circles of his day.  Additionally, Chambers was a member of the prestigious Geological Society of London.

Jordan Peterson is a 21st-century Canadian clinical psychologist who has a popular and frequently updated YouTube Channel. Peterson is known for his sensible political and scientific points of view. He frequently lectures on environmental considerations among other topics.

For our purposes, Chambers and Peterson are linked by their aversion to what another Scottish writer, Charles Mackay, called “popular delusions and the madness of crowds.”

Popular delusions and the madness of crowds

Any rational individual can easily understand why thinking men and women are frustrated by the sheer volume of trivia in today’s world of politics. You don’t have to be a certified genius to rebut those endlessly silly, always-politicized arguments. Arguments that range from politically correct, fantasy-addled gender pronouns to the “settled science” of climate change.

Jordan Peterson reminds his followers that parents shouldn’t argue with their children. Particularly about things that children cannot comprehend.

It is better to tell such children to accept what is obvious, assuring them that one day they will understand.

Sadly, many of today’s children are trapped in colleges which indoctrinate them with nothing more than a childlike view of the world.

For sheer entertainment, it is worthwhile to observe Peterson debate the fantastical topic of multi-gendered PC pronouns. The leftists are demanding that everyone submit to ridiculous demands that language must reflect some absurd, far-left ideology. And the ideology that essentially denies the realities of gender and reproduction.

This allegedly mandatory alteration in at least several millennia of language refinement is decreed to respect the fantasies of some trans-whatever male, perhaps, given that God or nature was too stupid to allow the male to get pregnant.

Peterson’s answers are quick and to the point.

Usually, Peterson delivers his pronouncements without forced efforts to make his adversary look foolish. That foolishness simply becomes obvious as a result of what Peterson says.

Anyone, ranging from a true genius, right down to those with a modicum of intelligence, can get frustrated when confronting college students who know little of life or of themselves beyond the latest leftist memes and talking points. The same frustration is true when it comes to the average man-on-the-street.

Countless individuals in both categories have been regularly bamboozled by get-rich-quick, fast buck grifters like Al Gore before they were caught in a statistical lie.

They may even be marketing brand new brands by the time you read this article.

Climate change fanatics are reality deniers

In one notable discussion at the Cambridge Union, an audience member asked Peterson the following question.

“Given all the information available on the subject, did he (Peterson) think the problem of climate change and its particular crisis would unite us?”

It wasn’t clear if the “us” meant Canada or the entire world. In any event, the answer was in one word, “No.” That was Peterson’s entire answer. Well said. The question deserved no more

After gales of astonished laughter (with him, not at him) ignited by his response, he offered a simple but sober reflection.

“The climate change issue is a nightmarish catastrophic mess…and it’s not going to unite us.”

Succinctly, he made the telling point that it is wearisome to exercise even minimal brainpower to address a subject that is monumentally silly.

We know that from the dawn of time that our climate does change. It is therefore possible that the earth has become warmer since the last Ice Age. But preaching world-wide alarm at inevitable reversals in the Earth’s climate patterns is a fool’s errand. Or, more likely, a con man’s paradise.

So where does Robert Chambers come in?

One of Robert Chambers’ most significant contributions to politics and philosophy was his adaptation of a traditional fairy tale. Chambers’ version of the story was entitled “Henny Penny and Her Fellow Travelers.” (In America, the lead character in this tale is commonly known as “Chicken Little.”

Perhaps even our own millennials have some familiarity with how the foolish fowl convinces everyone in this tale that the sky is falling. Really falling. But it’s only the realistic and cunning fox (Foxy Loxy in the US) who has the sense to welcome the legion of true believers into his den. Whereupon he eats them all.

Here’s Robert Chambers’ take on this popular tale, which appears in his Popular Rhymes of Scotland. (New edition. London and Edinburgh: W. and R. Chambers, 1870.) He aptly dubbed the tale “A children’s story written for college faculty and children.”

Henny-Penny and Her Fellow Travelers

A hen was picking at a stack of pea-straw when a pea fell on her head, and she thought the sky was falling. And she thought she would go and tell the king about it. And she went, and went, and went, and she met a cock.

And he said, “Where are you going this day, Henny-Penny?”

And she says, “I’m going to tell the king the sky is falling.”

And he says, “I’ll go with you, Henny-Penny.”

And they went, and they went, and they went. And they met a duck. And the duck says, “Where are you going this day, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the king the sky is falling.”

“I’ll go with you, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny.”

“Then come along, Ducky-Daddles.”

And they went, and they went, and they went. And they met a goose. The goose says, “Where are you going this day, Ducky-Daddles, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the king the sky is falling.”

And he says, “I’ll go with you, Ducky-Daddles, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny.”

“Then come along, Goosie-Poosey,” said they.

And they went, and they went, and they went, till they came to a wood, and there they met a fox. And the fox says, “Where are you going this day, Goosie-Poosey, Ducky-Daddles, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the king the sky is falling.”

And he says, “Come along, and I’ll show you the road, Goosie-Poosey, Ducky-Daddles, Cocky-Locky, Henny-Penny.”

And they went, and they went, and they went, till they came to the fox’s hole. Then he shoved them all in, and he and his young ones ate them all up, and they never got to tell the king the sky was falling.

The moral of the tale

“I don’t think that you have any insight whatsoever into your capacity for good until you have some well-developed insight into your capacity for evil.” –Robert Peterson


Paul H. Yarbrough

Born in Mississippi, now calling Texas home, Paul H. Yarbrough is bringing his writing talents to the political arena. Yarbrough has completed three novels. He is also the humorist behind the weekly column, Redneck Diary.