Denialism

A familiar story

I have asked at multiple points in my time here on FTB whether those taking various anti-trans positions have bothered to read the material they …

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Bret Stephens just trolled the left with his supposed climate change denialism

The last weekend of April delivered one of the more enjoyable spectacles of 2017. It wasn’t Donald Trump’s tent-revival rally in Pennsylvania. Nor was it the cotillion of self-congratulation known as the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It wasn’t even the People’s Climate March, which begged for …

Climate

Climate marches turn out tens of thousands to demand action, oppose denialism

As of yet there’s few crowd estimates from today’s marches, but the Washington, D.C. march al<p>one has been estimated at about 150,000. Some images …

Climate

How Holocaust Denial Works

The Holocaust happened.<p>It is a fact that some six million European Jews were systematically murdered by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between …

European History

Soft denialism

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s Holocaust gaffe has seen him on an interesting apology tour — one that had him calling casino magnate (and …

Liberal POV

A climate of lies: Denialism goes wider, and weirder, as Trump amplifies Republican mendacity

Climate-change denialists were already terrible, but they've grown bolder and more bizarre in the age of Trump<p>Perhaps the best way to understand the presidency of Donald Trump is to recognize that he’s building on and advancing the already advanced authoritarian tendencies of the Republican Party. …

Climate

Trade Denialism Continues: Trade Really Did Kill Manufacturing Jobs

This “automation rather than trade story” is the equivalent of global warming denialism for the well-educated.<p>There have been a flood of opinion pieces and news stories in recent weeks wrongly telling people that it was not trade that led to the loss of manufacturing jobs in recent years, but …

Economics

Lawmaker wants discrimination protection for climate deniers

Well, this is a new one: A state lawmaker in Maine wants you to believe that climate change deniers deserve protection under anti-discrimination laws.<p>Maine Republican Rep. Larry Lockman says climate deniers are in danger of seeing their free speech threatened and need legal protections from …

Climate

Why worry about aging when the robots might save us all?

Maybe this aging thing won’t be so bad, after all. Not personal aging. As Jimmy Stewart once said (according to my colleague John Robson): “After 70, …

Robots

Refuting the pushback against science

Thank you for covering the growing urgency felt by scientists to speak up and defend their field against politically motivated attacks by the Trump …

Science

The Deep Denialism of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is hardly the first President to lie to the American people. Nor is he the first to place ideology before data. But this White House, unlike any other, has already crossed the threshold into a space where facts appear to mean nothing.<p>Eventually, the President’s daily policy outrages, …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s dance with the devil: Did the White House mean to wink at Holocaust deniers?

Historian Deborah Lipstadt wonders whether Trump's troubling statement flirts with "soft-core" Holocaust denialism<p>President Donald Trump has barely been in office for a week and already he’s being accused, by prominent and credible people, of aiding and abetting Holocaust denial. Both Sen. Tim …

Donald Trump

Did the White House Mean to Wink at Holocaust Deniers?

President Donald Trump has barely been in office for a week and already he’s being accused, by prominent and credible people, of aiding and abetting …

Holocaust

Donald Trump bringing his poll denialism to the White House

Approval ratings normally provide the president with a real-time report card. That is, if the president believes the polls. President-elect Donald Trump might not.<p>On Tuesday Trump tweeted, "The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls. …

Elections

When Scientists Hate Science

Climate denialists have been able to hide behind very misleading science. But this is far from the first time that science has been backstabbed by its own practitioners.<p>With Donald Trump’s recent picks to head the Environmental Protection Agency (Scott Pruitt) and the Energy Department (Rick …

Climate Change

The Very Real Threat of Trump’s Climate Denialism

The incoming Trump administration seems to be in a competition with itself to pretend climate change isn’t real—and that has very real consequences.<p>During the past few months, Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to head the Energy …

Climate Change

Automation Denialism Continues to Thrive

Donald Trump’s climate change denialism is no more at odds with the educated consensus than is his quiet denial of job automation, one of the most …

Automation