Reader Bernd Felsche reminds us of this excellent post by Christoper Hitchens here, which is indeed worth bringing up again today, particularly in light of the dark closed minds that have lately attempted to claim that no matter what the weather does today, man is the culprit.
An identical mindset infected so called leading intellectuals back during the Little Ice Age. As Dr. Baliunas explains, during the Medieval Warm Period, Europe enjoyed a warm climate, which allowed society to flourish.
But around the 15th century, the Little Ice Age began and the weather deteriorated. Agriculture suffered and people starved. The low-point was from 1550 to 1700. The intellectuals back then were sure it was man’s fault. A mass wave a institutionally legalized executions ensued.
Dr. Baliunas (emphasis added):
How unusual was this very intense period of the Little Ice Age? On the afternoon of August 3rd, 1562, a thunderstorm struck Central Europe across a front several hundred km long. After raging for several hours, the storm unleashed a terrific hail that continued until midnight. It destroyed crops. It destroyed vineyards, birds and unprotected horses and cows. Dirists noticed something we hear today. They said for 100 years such a storm had never been seen. The storm was deemed so unusual in this period of superstition, that it had to be unnatural; it had to be supernatural.
Thus superstition and witchcraft bred a precautionary response: Eradicate those responsible for the storm and the period of new storminess. Now it was well known that people could cook weather with the help of Satan. So thus did extreme conditions of the severest part of the Little Ice Age contribute to Europe’s most horrific period of mass executions a witch trials. This was completely legal and it was undertaken, administered by highly educated upper social strata. These were institutionally legalized executions for sorcery.”
Sounds very familiar today, doesn’t it? How does it compare to PIK, RC and GISS? Watch this speech by Dr Baliunas. Humanity is always only a step away from with-burning and Holocausts. It has happened time and again. The only thing that saves us, is the strong rule of democracy. How often have we heard leading “intellectuals” question democracy lately? We see many similarities today in the thinking of the upper social strata. “Man is responsible” – especially the deniers.