Hockey sticks are ideal for breaking over your opponents' heads, which seems to have been the main point.The Global Warmongering scandal is yet another lesson in how contagious and (oddly) reassuring is the proposition that the greatest and gravest challenges we face today are indigenous to Western civilization, its moral patrimony, its cultural traditions, its economic prosperity, and its preference for equality of opportunity over equality of outcome.
Here's a theory: contemporary liberalism is moral relativism on steroids, but humans are endowed with a moral sensibility which, under the regime of moral relativism, is deprived of its legitimate and healthy function. It is forbidden by a code -- which is all the more dogmatic for being unwritten -- to make a moral judgment about all the things our ancestors found morally challenging: honesty, fidelity, venality, sexual morality, decadence and so on. It is perhaps in the area of sexuality that moral principle has been historically most essential, key as it is not only to nuptuality and family life, but to spiritual health as well. I think here of Philip Rieff's brilliant insight that "the discipline of inwardness" requires "fresh renunciations of instinct," while "the discipline of outwardness" -- Rieff's term for superficial soullessness -- requires ever fresh "satisfactions of instinct."
So, under today's liberal, multicultural, libertine regime, the basest of instincts and the most "objectively disordered" behavior is regarded as morally self-justifying. Under this regime our moral sensibility is not allowed to function in the ways that it functioned in our ancestors. One therefore has to either break out of the straitjacket of that regime -- the dictatorship of relativism -- or find some "cause" that is both urgent enough to excite our sense of purpose and capable of being espoused with the least inconvenience to ourselves. Of course the urgency required for us to feel the moral frisson requires, in turn, that drastic measures be urgently taken. And if these measures are not to involve any considerable personal inconvenience, they must be measures imposed for the most part elsewhere and on others.
It's a royal bother to those who don't buy any of it, but it's the only opportunity relativists have to feel something like a moral impulse.
Just a theory.