Inside the ‘Warmist’ Faith

Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center and the author of “While Europe Slept” and “Surrender.” His book "The Victims' Revolution: The Rise of Identity Studies and the Closing of the Liberal Mind" is just out from Broadside / Harper Collins.


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The bottom line, Solway recognizes, is that Warmism is yet another statist, collectivist, technocratic attempt to “regulate our lives down to the tiniest details” – and for that reason must be viewed with the utmost seriousness, even if the whole thing is thoroughly deserving of ridicule.  Solway tells of a British power company that – shades of Stalin! – actually encourages kids to “inform…on their parents who might be committing ‘climate crimes.’”  He quotes Czech president Vaclav Klaus: “As someone who lived under communism for most of his life, I feel obliged to say that I see the biggest threat to freedom, democracy, the market economy and prosperity now in ambitious environmentalism.”  In a similar vein, British biogeographer Philip Stott warns that Warmism has “replac[ed] Marxism as a dominant force for controlling liberty and human choices,” and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy speaks of “Reds who have now turned Greens…of the revolutionary jihad variety.”  Then there’s Jonah Goldberg’s observation, in Liberal Fascism, that “environmentalism gives license to the sort of moral bullying and intrusion that, were it couched in terms of traditional morality, liberals would immediately denounce as fascist.”

As Solway sums it up, climate change is the religion of choice for “a fervid congregation of believers, do-gooders, talking heads, leftist apparatchiks, academic elites, cynical exploiters, eco-fascists, petty despots and saints-in-the-making, all chanting together the glossolalia of climate warming.”  And if media like the Times don’t acknowledge this, it’s either because they don’t get it, or because they’ve gone too far at this point to reject “their years of advocacy” and face the truth.  That’s a bare-bones summary of Solway’s case; what I can’t capture here is the eloquence and wit with which he makes it.  What I can say about his book, in closing, is this: everything you need to know the next time you’re confronted with some cocksure, brainwashed acolyte of the Warmist faith and want to shut him (her?) up decisively can be found in its pages.

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  • Banastre tarleton

    True enough …Environmentalsm is the return of pre- Christian ,romantic paganism with a high tech veneer …new age romantic Deism ….it's the timeless human desire to believe in ''something '' rather than face the existential despair of ''nothingness '' , but the problem with environmentalsim and it's apocalyptic cult of ''global warming '' is that it is profoundly ANTI HUMAN …these ECO CREEPS hate mankind in the abstract and bode an ill wind for the future as they combine the anti capitalism ''spread the wealth '' of the Reds with the pagan anti-humanism of the Nazis whose black swastica should really of been green
    There bogus cult of GW is really just a combination of green astrology , scientology and numerology , but unfortunately for them , the weather just wouldn't co-operate in their scam

    • webpsyche

      what a great comment, spot on

  • Banastre tarleton

    Furthermore , here in the UK it's becoming a substitute religion of sorts to fill the vacuum left by Christendom …it has it's holy symbols ( the green windturbine ) , holy prophets ( al gore ) , holy ritual ( sorting through the trash ) , holy inqusition , determined to root out ''deniers '' and legions of ''true believing '' GREENSHIRTS burning with the zeal of the converted and determined to crusade against the evil poluters
    Eco Creeps are also closely allied with ''animal rights'' nutters who seem determined to create a parody of Orwell's ''animal farm '' where all animals of the world (including humans ) are EQUAL

  • Amused

    Ok , so the frogs in the boiling pot of water are dismissive of the frogs telling them to climb out ….. so what else is new .

    • galgo

      Amused fails to provide "Evidence". Thus, all his statements are meaningless ad hominems or baseless. AGW relies upon "calculating" warming, not "proving it". The difference is "reality". Models are not evidence. Reality is Evidence. Tampered data is not evidence. Untampered data is evidence. Until phony shrill empty handed people like Amused deliver "Evidence", they have less than nothing to say. Consensus isn't evidence of anything but mutual admiration and agreement, not evidence of proof.

    • snow27

      I am not a scientist and try to look at issues from a common sense point of view and even after the years of alarmism, I still have seen no evidence that global warming, er, climate change is the result of humans. Warmists constantly berate the sceptics, and never offer evidence other than 'consensus' and climate models. What truly is the evidence that humans cause global warming? I've seen nothing convincing.

      • galgo

        Snow, you have the proper context of things. It is rightfully ALL about Evidence, of which neither the Alarmists nor 'amused' have provided that wasn't falsified. To wit, "1/3 of global warming is real, 2/3 is Fake Data" and the reference is here: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/08/the_keys_t
        Fakers are easy to spot: They hit and run without references or reproducible data. If something is true, it is provable and reproducible. Only the Fakes demand that discussions stop because of consensus or bullying. You keep on doing the Wise thing. Common sense and demands for Evidence and untampered data. :)

  • Amused

    “There is virtually unanimous consensus among the world’s scientists who work in the area that human beings are the major reason that this is so (the world’s average temperature rising),” writes Raven from London. “Because, just as first noted by the Swedish chemist Arrhenius in 1895, when you add more carbon dioxide or other co-called greenhouse gases to the atmosphere, you make it warmer.”
    97-98% of climate scientists agree / No scientis if any believe in " Gaia " / the 2-3 % of deniers in that group have in fact a lower standing inn the scientific community / the number of those scientists in denial , has not increased at all since 1995 .
    Conclusion ?
    Idealogy + political interests + lobbying by the fossil fuel industry = no global warming = no problemo .
    Case closed . .

    • aleric

      He also promoted racial hygiene and eugenics.

      Note climate scientists can include biologists, geologists, zoologists, meteorologists to stack the deck against real climatologists who repeatedly state most scientists state the effect of global warming based on models without completely understanding the facts.

      When you look at the real facts, animal emissions, water vapor, the government money going to these advocates and you see it's another liberal scheme.

      • Amused

        WRONG – the scientists involved in those figure were EXCLUSIVELY…..your political memes are worn out .

        • Amused

          Sorry , EXCLUSIVELY —– CLIMATOLOGISTS

          • Chris

            No facts, lame and false talking points, no scientific sense.
            You must be a progressive who has never taken a science course.

            Idiot.

          • Banastre tarleton

            You're like an irate transvestite who has done the deed , but has yet to be paid ….sheeeesh …''BEGONE FOUL CREATURE , THOU SHALT GET NO SILVER FROM ME ''

    • galgo

      Consensus isn't evidence. the Arrhenius experiment relies upon zero convective heat transfer losses. You understand very little about heat transfer. It shows.

    • RichardOfOz
    • ferengi

      >>97-98% of climate scientists agree / No scientis if any believe in " Gaia " / the 2-3 % of deniers in that group have in fact a lower standing inn the scientific community / the number of those scientists in denial , has not increased at all since 1995 .
      Conclusion ? >>

      The conclusion is that the gia worshipping warmers make a logical error – assuming consensus defines truth – it doesn't.
      Once the physics community "consensus" was that the universe was eternal – for philosophical reasons rooted in atheism, not science – they were wrong and so are you.

    • galgo

      You are a Liar. Your entire monologue is a Lie.

      The proof is here and you ought read it and educate yourself on the fallacy and untruth of your proffered view.
      http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/

      The science is in, the truth is out, Al Gore is through, the game is up, and the scare is over.

      How can there be a “consensus” about the future evolution of a chaotic object?
      climate is “a coupled, non-linear, chaotic object”, so that “the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible” by any method (IPCC, 2001, para. 14.2.2.2).

      • Banastre tarleton

        TRUE ENOUGH …they cannot predict the weather a week from now because there are far too many variables AND YET claim to be able to predict the ''climate '' 25 years from now …but isn't the climate just the sum total of weather

  • Amused

    Now about that Farm Bill , that Republicans are holding up .

    • galgo

      Oh, you mean the one that was passed 2 weeks ago? The one neither you nor Obama seem aware of?

      • amused

        Check your info gago , you'll find you're talking out the wrong end . stay off Breitbart and you may actually get some facts that haven't been dipped in shiiit .

        • galgo

          There you go again. All Horn and No Driveshaft. No Facts. No Evidence. Just Liberal Hogwash.

  • Amused

    Just watchhed Iowa's REPUBLICAN Governor as he responded to that question – " the food stamp program is growing" / When asked again – " Obama has taken the work out of the welfare program " / When advised that that statement is untrue – " Obama has removed work from the welfare program " / When advised that state governors can authorize those waivers – "Obama has removed work from the welfare program " / But what about the Farm Bill ?

    That's what I like , an intelligent , honest , non-evasive answer .

    • aleric

      Farm bill is being held up by Harry Reid's Senate, because growing it, but not growing it by an additional $17 billion is considered a cut.

      He did remove the work requirement. He was against it from the beginning. If the House allowed governor waivers on the left's beloved Volker rule, or Kathleen Sebilius' abortion requirement, how do you think the liberals would react?

      • Amused

        Wrong on both counts , the work requirement WAS NOT REMOVED , legislation to allow governors of the states who administer it were given the ability to waive it . The FARM BILL is presently being held up by Republicans vis-a-vis Boehner who refuses to bring it to the floor .This bill has been languishing in the do nothing Congreess since last September when it expired .
        And for all the whining the Republican Party is doing over Federal Intrusion into States Rights , States have banned abortion , so what in the hell is the argument against ANY State that so wishes , to waive the work requirement ???????? Your argument falls flat on its face .And JUST LIKE Iowa's Governor this morning , YOU do the SAME thing ….change the siubject and avoid the TRUTH .

        • galgo

          Well, Amused is as ignorant as Obama. Neither recognise the Bill they decry was passed 2 weeks ago, so there isn't really anything to be upset about,now, is there? http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/08/fail-obam

          • amused

            no galgo , you're a deluded imbecile , btw go look up that 700 billion Obama's supposed to be "taking away " from Medicare , probably from the same polluted source you get your info from .

          • galgo

            The amusing part of "Amused" is his "self amusement", which is probably well in Hand. No Facts, No Evidence. Apparently, "Amused" believes his own lack of knowledge. Typical. Liberal. Idiot.

          • amused

            Hey moron , do yourself a favor and get an education . And it's real easy , just google wind energy . BTW , you're dead wrong on the Farm Bill …as of his morning 8/15/12 it has yet to be brought to the floor for a vote …and that is by the hand of Boehner and his party of NO . Get your head out from up your assss galgo .
            As far as wind and solar power , their precent percentage of use in the US and around the Globe is growing overall about 11% a year , no matter what the dimbulbs like you and the Conservatives do or say . As for the costs for the states presently using these sources to suppliment standard power generation , google it and look at the charts …that is if you can tear yourself away from Breitbart.com and FPM and get a look at reality outside the echo-chamber .

          • Banastre tarleton

            You aren't educated ..you are indoctrinated ….half wit

  • Amused

    BTW , Mr. Bawer , would you agree that technology is changing and getting more accurate every day , so much so that by the time you buy your next smartphone , it will be outdated ? So to refer to any climate science , regardless of whether you choose to believe it or not , based on available knowledge of 1975 or using it as a comparison , is a bt of a stretch . Not to mention that the theory of an ice age is counter-intuitive to the non-science community , but if you look at it , melting ice at the poles will inturn dilute the salt content of northern oceans thereby causing a diversion of the Transoceanic Conveyor , part of which is known as the Gulfstream , which is what keeps Europe from having arctic -type weather . . That is what 1975 theories were based upon . Technology 37 years later , has become more accurate by leaps and bounds , measurements of atmosheric gases more accurate . Measurement of weather itself more accurate .
    So lets put our heads in the sand and write it off to loons worshipping " Gaia " . Brilliant !

    • tagalog

      Yes, but since the climate is getting warmer in the Northern Hemisphere due to global warming, the temporary cooling caused by the melting of the Arctic ice will be offset by the increasing heat, right?

      I mean, the last time the Transoceanic Conveyor ran cold, it was because the melting ice of the last Ice Age melted the ice dam that held Lake Agassiz (the half-continent-sized lake whose draining left the Great Lakes behind as the remnant) back, and the runoff ran into the northwestern Atlantic, causing the Younger Dryas. That cooling lasted for 1300 years, and humans came through it OK.

  • Bert

    The flat earth society still exists despite all evidence to the contrary. The vociferous deniers of climate change resemble the flat earthers despite what is already happening inside the U.S. and in other countries as well. They are incapable of even sticking their heads out the window to look at reality. These fake conservatives have much in common with the loony left that is also in deep denial of reality.

    Fires, Severe Drought and 40,000 Record High Temperatures in 2012.
    A New Normal in Global Warming? http://www.earthfiles.com/news.php?ID=1998&ca

    • tagalog

      So fire, severe drought and 40,000 record high temperatures in one year means that long-term climate is changing for the worse? How is that?

      What do we do about that? How much of it, if any, is caused by humans? How much can we fix?

      Given that we humans make lots of mistakes especially when we don't really understand what we're doing, how much "fixing" do we really want to do?

      • Amused

        Somethings we DO know tagalog , and those are the things that CAN be worked on . With such a dismissive attitude on the part of the Republican Party , again , NOTHING will be done , infact nothing is even being considered , except to continue in the head long rush , with a technology which most will agree , the burning of fossil fuels relentlessly , which not only will make anything fixable , all the more difficult to attempt ,but by the time anyone acts , the point may be moot . Forget Greenpeace ,and the rest of the rabble , the scientists are unanimous , continued greenhouse emissions can only do harm . Yet , alternate energy is hitting a brick wall and that wall is built with dollars the fossil fuel industry wiill irresponsibly be glad to fork out buying politicians , perpetuating themselves , and not really ending dependence upon foreign oil , but guaranteeing it . No one is taking into account China and India' s billions of people seeing great economic growth and extraordinary demand for gas burning cars , forget mileage . Yet Republicans sneer at even the electric car .

        • tagalog

          I don't see anybody, Republican, Democrat, or anyone in between, dismissing anything. What I DO see is some people claiming that we must make sweeping, institutional, change for the sake of what amount to certain arguable assumptions about the world's climate, and others saying "Wait a minute, the evidence you're citing is not all that convincing." Perhaps the science is not as settled as some people want the rest of us to believe. If people are convinced, they will act.

        • tagalog

          The brick wall that "alternative energy" is hitting is its impracticability.

  • Amused

    Wind power accounted for just 2.9 percent of total electricity generation in the United States in 2011. In five U.S. states, however, 10 percent or more of electricity generation came from wind. South Dakota leads the states, with wind power making up 22 percent of its electricity generation in 2011, up from 14 percent in 2010. In 2011, Iowa generated 19 percent of its electricity with wind energy. And in North Dakota, wind’s share was 15 percent.
    Gaia Faith ???

    • imoira

      I would be amused t know how much people in South Dakota, Iowa and North Dakota pay for electricity and how much federal and state money has gone into building turbines.

      • amused

        Well if you're curious , rather than "amused " , and you're more interested in earnest inquiry than political one-up-manship …….then let your fingers do the walking on your keyboard .
        Because when all you naysayers get dragged kicking and screaming into the alternative energy universe , which will come …atleast you'll know why you're being dragged .
        Good Luck …learning is an adventure ….. for most people .

    • galgo

      Actually, the growth in "installed wind power" is simply a result of legislative theft at the behest of Green Ideologues. Wind power is supported by Taxpayers and Ratepayers at between 400% and 600% of the actual value of the power wind produces. Wind is not dispatchable, ie it isn't there when you need it, only when it happens, whether you need it or not. It is inconsistent, requiring duplicate fossil fuel plants to back up the variability. In short, Wind Power is a Green Illusion that only exists by Legislative Crony Fiat. No Market would support it without Taxing the crap out of people. It doesn't work without Subsidies. Leading the World in Stupidity is Germany and Spain. They are facing Bankruptcy because of Wind and Solar. See: Spain: http://www.juandemariana.org/pdf/090327-employmen

      Denmark: http://icecap.us/index.php/go/political-climate/o

      Germany: http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/germany

      You see, Amused is Amusing, because he lacks facts or evidence.

    • spike

      wind power sucks. how did it work out in spain? it's not worth all the birds it kills.

      • amused

        thats why it's use is increasing at the rate of 11% ayear and is presently generating worldwide 14 tera-watts .

        • Banastre tarleton

          Look moron , there 's enough hot air coming from you to start your own windfarm

  • Amused

    All you conservatives do , is chirp like PARROTS …."Solandra " "Solandra " "Solandra " .Was it "pork " , "fraud " ? , yes , quite possibly .. But it could also be the "climate " set up in this country by conservative-teabag -republicans , whose MANTRA is " TREEHUGGERS " ! "Gaia Loons " ! " GREENPEOPLE "!! " godless idol worshippers " !! LEFTISTS ! ……. L-I-B-E-R-A-L-S !!!
    In the meantime SCANDINAVIA is cashing in on the WIND-TURBINE BUISINESS , CHINA is dominating the solar panel buisiness /Windpower , Solar Energy ,and Alternate Energy is steadily expanding , and the US ? Being laughed at due to ONE of their political Parties whose ARSE is totally OWNED by the fossil fuel industry . BOUGHT AND PAID FOR ……lock -stock-and barrel . Groups like ALEC and other pro-fossil fuel super lobbies buy legislation throughot the country and keep you yokels in your mud huts while the Scandinavians and Chinese eat your lunch , and get all tyhe jobs and revenue .

  • kevinh

    Anyone who went to public school for at least a few years knows that climate has NEVER been a constant on planet Earth. Climate change is a reality that has nothing whatsoever to do with driving my car to work or eating a hamburger. It is a pretty awesome concept for those who want to control the lives of others however. A perfect tool for progressives and their devotion to political theory.

    • Larry

      No, anyone who went to school more than 30 years ago knows that climate has never been a constant.

      Those of the more recent ilk have trouble knowing if their pants are on fire unless a leftard teacher tells them that they have been ignited by the VRWC.

      • Amused

        Riiiiight , hey if it's still snows in Vermont come this winter , there can't be climate change or global warming . Case closed huh ? Hey are you two genius' or something ?

  • Schlomotion

    In the world of limited, linear, binary thinking the only way to stop Al Gore from trying to swindle everyone through corporate technocratic collectivism is for Global Warming to not exist. Since we don't want Al Gore stealing our money in the name of Green Economy, we must insist that Global Warming is a massive conspiracy. Al Gore is in cahoots with the ice core samples of the Arctic. He is in league with tree growth rings. He is faking the sea level. George Soros is causing hot summers. Jay Rockefeller IV is sneaking out and beaching all the whales just to scare us all into higher taxes.

    • tagalog

      That's the ONLY way? Really?

    • Ghostwriter

      Idiocy,thy name is Schlomotion.

  • Crossbow87

    I honestly want to believe in the "America will kill the planet with its exceptionalism and belief in a better way to govern themselves" argument but something I don't get is this: in Flint (we live far enough away from the racial violence not to have wear our handguns ALL the time) two days ago the high temperature was 71. Normal for August for Flint is 80. That is an 11.25% below average temperature. If global warming from human activity was true, wouldn't the given temperature on any given day be above normal?

  • Ozzy

    Well…no of the Gods including the Christian God have ever shown and aversion to killing people. This author needs to restudy the 'void' of faith he is talking about.

    • Crossbow87

      At least the Christian God told people why and the reason was real….condemning huge swaths of humanity to starvation and deprivation for a made-up reason is pathetic. Wouldn't you agree?

      • amused

        Uh ….people are already starving …and have been , and deprivation ? Man you need to go out in the world and see how the other 6 1/4 billion people are living . And guess what oh bible-thumper …….it has absolutely NOTHING to do with ANY green policy or legislation or any of the other "faux " excuses you can come up with . And if you want to stick to "yer scriptures " , then you should know , that if G-D said anything at all about the cause , it would be GREED and AVARICE . Otherwise put " love of mammon " .
        REMEMBER ? HE'S NOT PARTISAN .

        • Crossbow87

          Hasn’t the ban on DDT condemned millions in Africa to die of malaria, one-worships-man-in-all-his-cruel-glory?

  • tagalog

    What is the evidence and justification for the claim that the recent dry spell in America constitutes a "drought," which "in its length and severity, represented a radical departure from previous droughts, and that climate models suggest that “this extreme event could become the new normal.” This recent "drought" is not of very long duration; living in Colorado, I didn't hear about any "drought" out here until this year, when the lack of rain caused a failure of the corn crop. We also had little snowfall this past winter, unlike earlier years, when the snowfall was satisfactory. Our Colorado climatologists are world-class and they pay a lot of attention to the issue of lack of water.

    Just for the information of those who don't know any better, namely the press, west of the 100th meridian of longtitude the amount of annual rainfall is below 20 inches a year, not sufficient to support farming without irrigation. That observation was made in the 1870s or 1880s. The big hydroelectric projects to bring irrigation water to the Far West were mostly completed in the Great Depression of the 1930s. Everybody -except apparently the press and the greenies who fought the dams- knows that the Far West is dry. They knew about the reality of aridity 3/4 of a century ago. When we had a REAL drought out here, during the late 1990s, the press didn't say very much at all.

  • amused

    Hey , "us chtristians KNOW ….. that G_D gave us this planet , and due to our "exceptionalism " we can F–K it up if we want to " …..and…. " We christians have been given DOMINION over all creatures that walketh and crawleth on the Earth as well as ALL the Earth 's resources which we can exploit and squander " HALLELUHIA !!
    CAN I GET AN AMEN ?
    And being exceptionistas we dont need water and air to survive , besides the end will come and we will rule over all the people of the Earth , before we totally F–K it up .
    LOLOL……Dejavu …sounds just like Reagans appointee over national parks .We're right back to square one .
    Can I get another AMEN ?

    • RichardOfOz

      I am an atheist because I understand too much, you,however, know too little. Including manners.

  • Ray Olson

    I agree with both Amused and Mr. Bawer. The more I read and hear about the science of climate change, the more convinced I am that it is perhaps happening. But the more I read and hear of environmental politics, the more convinced I am that it is the new refuge of the revolutionary and totalitarian left. One thing of which I am almost certain is that, if the kind of quick and fleeting heating and then quick and long-lasting cooling that the analysis of ice cores indicates has happened before in Earth's climate history happens again, human reaction to it will, whether helpful or merely insufficient, be late.

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    If the “warmists” are certain that human activity is causing our current trends, why are they so uncertain about other periods of climate change where human activity can be ruled out? Yes they have theories–operative word: "theory." That they can't reconcile the difference between human caused warming and natural caused warming indicates their "science" is far from ironclad.

  • galgo

    poster "Amused" seems to think that opinion without evidence is a substitute for evidence. Not so much.
    The "unprecedented" ice melt has happened 65 times before. Without human intervention. http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/07/25/nas

    Watch how USHCN has tampered with the historical data to produce a fake data set upon which Warmists hang their hats: http://stevengoddard.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/how

    Over half of the claimed warming is because of unacknowledged errors in the data. See it here: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/07/17/new-paper-b

    In short, "Amused" is quite "amusingly ignorant". QED.

  • Infovoyeur

    Some good anti-Warming thoughts above, but I initially was saddened to see Bruce Bawer, usually uncompromisingly-right on about World War IV (so to speak), descend into charged and slanted language mirroring the bad sides of so-called conservative thinking. I, Just, Don't,Get, It… See McKibben in a recent Rolling Stone issue. But especially, see a report created by passionate defenders of both sides WHO HOWEVER SOUGHT not to CV Combat to win Victory for their side, but to CV, Commune-icate toward veracity or validity. A true pro-con view which can be sought, BUT ONLY IF YOU WANNA, YOU GOTTA WANNA…

  • tagalog

    In the comment, the statement is made that Mr. Solway quotes some climate types who claim that the extinction of the human race "would be a dandy way of saving the planet."

    But the warming/climate concern is over the earth's climate as it affects humans. Animals and plants don't care, they just adapt and evolve, or die out to be replaced by other plants and animals that are better suited to survive; nature is working in its Darwinian way, right? Isn't that just fine with the greenies?

    Getting back to humans, since the global warming/climate change thingie is evaluated with regard to its impact on humans, what does it say about the kind of person who thinks the entire WORLD will be better climatically if humans are gone? Does it say that a climate geared to human beings, even if human beings aren't around, is the best climate for an environment to have? That seems a bit arrogant and anthropocentric to me. But I'm just one person, maybe I'm off-base on this point.

  • Banastre tarleton

    The same Leftist creeps who are predicting G W are the very same who were predicting a soviet utopia …in the world of utopian Leftism the future is always known with certainty , it's the past that is prone to change