We haven’t reached the end of history. There is no evidence that liberal democracy – even of the EU variety that was such a vogue not long ago – is sweeping the world inexorably, bound to prevail. It isn’t even sweeping the United States, which is becoming more and more bureaucratic and political, with centralization of power and suppression of contrary thought. The President’s speech over the weekend left it clear that you have to be stupid and nearly criminally selfish not to believe in not only the theory of manmade global warming, but that the United States can unilaterally do something about it: we can bankrupt ourselves converting into sustainable energy and that will somehow induce China and India not to continue pouring out CO2 from coal and oil; we can abandon nuclear power, which does produce energy without producing CO2, for other schemes, and still be able to compete in a world economy. And if you don’t believe that, it’s because you are selfish and think the moon is made of cheese.
This is known as rational political debate in this age of reason, this last stage of history.