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Arguing for a purpose

16 May 2005
When Benny Peiser responded to UK chief scientist David King on openDemocracy earlier this week, it provoked a sharp response from Charlie Kronick of Greenpeace.

Benny Peiser came back with a determined riposte.

Now William Connelley makes a detailed analysis of Benny Peiser's arguments.

The issues here have been explored elsewhere, including William Connelley's own blog Stoat. (Connelley is also a contributor to RealClimate.org.)

Some, including writer and activist Paul Kingsnorth, argue that it's not worth going over this ground again.

My view is that in a debate for a worldwide readership, many of whom many not have come to these issues before, it is worth exploring these differences.

Caspar Henderson

Peter Geoghegan: dark money and dirty politics

Democracy is in crisis and unaccountable flows of money are helping to destroy it. Peter Geoghegan’s new book, ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’, charts how secretive money, lobbying and data has warped our democracy.

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