Jay Nordlinger, prompted by the global-warming debate: "Sometimes one of the 'extreme' positions is the correct one." I know many people who consider "centrist" a compliment and proudly apply the term to themselves and their political opinions. Would it be good to be centrist on slavery, or civil rights, or honor killing, or forced female circumcision?
I like Nordlinger's conclusion:
[I]f global warming did indeed prove to be a crock, the world would just glide on, as though nothing had happened — just as it did when the coming ice age proved to be a crock, when the mass food shortages proved to be a crock, when the . . [.]
Always, always, on to the next alarm, without a murmur of apology, or moment of self-reflection, or backward glance.