Remarks by William O’Keefe before the “Climate Change and National Security – Connections and Concerns” Town Hall Meeting of the World Affairs Council of Washington, D.C.
My views on political advocacy reflect the insight and wisdom of two well known Americans—the late historian Daniel Boorstin and the 20th century political journalist H.L. Mencken. Boorstin in his book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo Events in America, documented how a gap between what an informed citizen needs to know and what he can know is increasingly filled with synthetic truths and images. And, Mencken made the often quoted observation that the “whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of which are imaginary”.
The energy security and climate crises are examples of what Boorstin and Mencken had in mind. They have become a Trojan horse for special interests.