Human Achievement Hour and the Fight Against Science

Human Achievement Hour and the Fight Against Science

The fight against the fight against climate change continues.

This Saturday, March 26, as untold millions of people around the world ceremonially turn off their electric lights for one hour in observation of Earth Hour, a commemoration of a very different type will be taking place as well, albeit at a much, much smaller scale.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, the famously wacky libertarian think tank, is once again touting its "Human Achievement Hour" as an antidote for any kind of concern about the state of the planet.

The "event," such as it is, will take place at the same time as Earth Hour, and as CEI describes it:

Human Achievement Hour (HAH) is a celebration of individual freedom and appreciation of the achievements and innovations that people have used to improve their lives throughout history. To celebrate Human Achievement Hour, participants need only to spend the hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 26 enjoying the benefits of capitalism and human innovation: Gather with friends in the warmth of a heated home, watch television, take a hot shower, drink a beer, call a loved one on the phone, or listen to music.

I believe CEI is selling themselves rather short on this; they claim that "thousands of people around the world" will be celebrating HAH; but because CEI counts as a participant everyone in the world (with electricity in their home or residence) that simply goes about his or her life, CEI's got the numbers on their side.

Plus, they've made a killer, hyper-Randian logo for the event this year: 

HAH logo



Do yourself a favor: Be sure to check out the comments both on my blog post on the inaugural Human Achievement Hour in 2009, as well as the mind-blowing commentary taking place on the Facebook event page for Human Achievement Hour 2011.

And while you're at it, read a little bit more about the history, politics and funding of the CEI.

Just don't do any of that on Saturday night between 8:30 and 9:30 pm, or you're playing right into their hands.