David Suzuki, once an idol of mine when I was a kid, now seems to me, not a scientist, but rather a political extremist.
Feb. 16, 2008 David Suzuki has stirred a minor controversy, recently, by some remarks he made in a speech to 600 students at McGill University. A report in the McGill Daily tells us "he urged today's youth to speak out against politicians complicit in climate change."
"Complicit" is the damning word there. People are complicit only in dark and pernicious undertakings. He went on to suggest the students "look for a legal way to throw our current political leaders in jail for ignoring science," those comments drawing rounds of cheering and applause.
Well, this is a turnaround of some proportions. In the old days, the really old days, it was the foes of science, the enemies of what we have come to call the Enlightenment, who used to call for the rack, the stake and the dungeon to treat those who challenged religion's pre-eminent authority to both speak and know the truth.
To argue that those who question a prevailing orthodoxy should, even metaphorically, be tossed in jail is radically inconsistent with the essence and spirit of science itself, the essence and spirit that Dr. Suzuki, in his better moments, so clearly reveres.
Oh, but Rex Murphy is too polite. I say David Suzuki has lost his mind and abandoned science in favor of ideological and political extremism of a persuasion out of touch with contemporary Free World Civilization.
If anyone's ignoring science, it's David Suzuki. He should therefore, to be consistent, volunteer himself for imprisonment. Of course he won't, because he has no credibility, no integrity anymore, as far as I'm concerned. He blew it completely with his dogmatic, unscientific arrogance and shocking extremism.