Benny Peiser sent in this link to a speech delivered by David Henderson, formerly head of the department of Economics and Statistics at the OECD. What it’s really about is the rise of an illiberal, collectivist and anti-market economic consensus in important political insitutions and western societies in general. But it also touches upon issues of the politics of climate change and the IPCC.
First, what do I mean by global salvationism? The salvationist doctrine has
two main strands, which originally were separate but have long since come
together to form an influential world-wide consensus. The first strand is
developmental salvationism, and relates to the economic fortunes of poor
countries. The second strand is environmental salvationism. In both strands,
two elements are combined. One is a relentlessly dark – not to say alarmist -
picture of recent trends, the present state of the world (or ‘the planet’),
and prospects for the future unless prompt and far-reaching changes are made
in official policies. The second is a conviction that known effective remedies
exist for the various ills and threats thus identified, remedies which require
action on the part of governments and ‘the international community’. ‘Solutions’
are at hand, given wise collective resolves and actions. Global salvationism
thus combines alarmist visions and diagnoses with confidently radical collectivist
prescriptions for the world.