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Dick Taverne recently argued in Prospect that Greenpeace had joined the anti-science camp. Not so
Greenpeace bashing has become part of the intellectual zeitgeist. In December, Prospect ran Dick Taverne’s forceful polemic against the organisation. In April, we had Michael Shaw Bond on the NGO backlash, which seemed to be fostering rather than explaining it. Elsewhere in this issue you can find Philippe Legrain arguing that “Greenpeace is scarcely accountable to its 2.5m members.” For much of the 1990s the fashion was to write off politics and laud the contribution of “civil society.” Now perhaps the roles are reversed: we’ve done anti-politics; now let’s do anti-Greenpeace.
Taverne makes some odd claims. He compares Greenpeace to…
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