Climategate & Property Rights
In the last few weeks there have been many libertarians gloating about revelation that environment scientists might not of been entirely honest about climate change.
Though there's a minority of libertarians who do believe that global warming is man made; the vast majority of libertarians are either sceptical that climate change is man made or that climate changing is happening as dramatically as the scientists claim.
You'll hear many libertarians claim that either climate change is a front for world government or its an excuse for more authoritarian government & I'd say that there is some truth to those claims.
Though I've heard plenty of libertarians or liberty minded folk gloat about the revelations of 'Climategate', what I've not heard from any libertarian is condemnation of how the revelations of 'Climategate' were obtained.
The revelations gathered that climate scientists have not being entirely honest were gathered by somebody hacking into a server used by the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, which in itself is a violation of property rights, but the individual or individuals unknown then proceeded to download from the server they hacked over a thousand private e-mails & other private documents, which anyways you look at it is theft pure & simple.
Whatever a libertarian's feelings might be on the climate change debate they should be as a libertarian condemning a violation of property rights, after all it is libertarians who are known for being one the strongest advocates of life, liberty & property.
Basically I have to say I'm more then a little disappointed in how libertarians & liberty minded folk have seemed to overlooked the information obtained concerning 'Climategate' was obtained by theft, because the information stolen suits the agenda of many libertarians when it comes to climate change.
Libertarians are often the first to bitch about their property rights being infringed upon by the authorities or whoever else, yet it appears that many libertarians don't mind property rights being infringed if it suits their agenda.
Of course many libertarians would claim it wasn't them who hacked somebody else's computer or that they can't help how the information got into the public domain. Okay that's true but it still doesn't mean that libertarians should overlook that the information which has aided their agenda was obtained by illegal means & means that violate property rights.
Libertarians will often highlight the nefarious ways statists will use in backing up their agenda, yet now 'Climategate' has seemed to of exposed that libertarians can be no different when it suits their agenda