The Corner

How’s That Whole Democracy Thing Going, Mr. Gore?

Al Gore is notoriously keen on imposing new laws in the interests of fighting “climate change,” but to him some laws (or so it seems from this interview with Gore in the Guardian) are more equal than others:

Amid increasing incidents of climate protesters disrupting the operations of fossil-fuel industries and airports in Britain and elsewhere, Gore suggests the scale of the emergency means non-violent lawbreaking is justified. “Civil disobedience has an honourable history, and when the urgency and moral clarity cross a certain threshold, then I think that civil disobedience is quite understandable, and it has a role to play,” he says. “And I expect that it will increase, no question about it.”

And who defines “urgency,” and who “moral clarity,” Mr. Gore?

After all the screeching and whining about the tea-party crowd’s alleged disdain for the usual democratic process, I will look forward to hearing how the White House and its claque respond to what Gore has just said.