The editorial is mine, Willie Soon’s, David Legates’s, and Bob Carter’s, and it appears in the latest edition of Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. It’s entitled “A Vaccine Against Arrogance” and can be read, nearly in full, here (the copyright belongs to Springer, the journal’s publisher).
The impetus for the editorial was when Willie Soon noticed that the journal had become a regularly testing ground for progressive political and educational theories and other matters scarcely related to pollution. Willie sent me examples, and I wrote about one of them here: “Education: A Vaccine Against Ignorance? Or, There Are Too Many People!”
The editor of WASP is Jack Trevors, the author or co-author of many of the curious editorials. After I wrote my piece criticizing one WASP editorial on the Enlightenment idea of education as panacea, and as is my regular practice, I wrote Trevors offering him space for rebuttal.1
Trevors declined, but suggested I write my own editorial which could then undergo review. I did so, inviting comments from Willie, David, and Bob.
To my very great surprise, Trevors accepted the editorial, which is linked above. I honor him for this, as it shows that not only can he dish it out, but he can also and take it. He is a rare specimen these days. While other, lesser men conspire to keep all opposing views from seeing print (examples will readily suggest themselves), Trevors followed the old-fashioned and gentlemanly path of letting the other side have its say.
So Jack, thanks, and may your reign as Editor long continue.
1Nobody has yet taken me up on my offers; nor has anybody responded, except for the head of the California Teacher’s Union, Joshua Pechthalt, who evidently thought my spoof of one of their annual meetings was praise, and who wrote to say thanks. At their last meeting, Pechthalt led the call to “Free Mumia!” and to condemn Tunisia for some reason.