Willy, in a comment thread on Hurricane Noel, illustrated my point about “Group Think” so beautifully I couldn’t have done it better myself.
His comment was nothing but a cut & paste from Media Matters, reviling man-made global warming skeptics. When I asked him if he could think for himself, he said:
Instead of attacking the Media Matters, why don’t you discuss the substance of my comment? Media Matters isn’t offering an opinion here, it is stating facts. You got a problem with facts?
“My comment”, which was almost all directly cut & pasted from Media Matters. What I find interesting is the labeling of people like Patrick Michaels and Roy Spencer as “shills”. All of this, of course, coming from a website that is nothing but a shill for a political ideology! Talk about your balls.
And, what’s worse, is Willy doesn’t see any problem here. Who needs to think when Media Matters does it for you? Who needs to independently review the data? Who needs to listen to what anyone says, so long as it’s first filtered through a heavily-biased source?
Group-think. For a political ideology that stressed individualism and critical thinking, it sure does a good job of suppressing it.
I think “Life of Brian” says it best: