To understand the fear-based precautionary logic, we need to go back to a previous religious doctrine.
Trust in authorities and experts is declining. So how do we trust? By all of us observing and rating everyone and everything.
What is wrong with the precautionary principle? What is right about it?
How did we ever get to the madness of a hazard-based precautionary policy approach? Through those relentless possibilists.
We cannot support something or someone we don’t trust. As Hillary is finding out, trust is essential.
I came of age during the AIDS crisis – we need to understand how that event has shaped the leaders now in power.
Two decades of nonsense on endocrine disruption has brought good business to chemophobic NGOs, but a rather pointless fear for the rest of us. The issue needs to be “banalised”.
Expediency: the “art of making something go away” has become the main political virtue in Brussels. This has allowed contrapreneurs to win on issues.
Does Europe understand what innovation is? Do we share an entrepreneurial spirit across Europe or are we hidebound by contrapreneurs? Do we need an “Innovation Principle”?
Contrapreneur: One who is risk averse, creates fears and seeks to inhibit innovation
Risk School: Difference between risk-based and hazard -based regulation
Re-publication of a blog from 2010, ten years after a series of projects were launched to try to bring facts back into policy debates and press coverage. The Risk-Monger hung his head in shame and admitted defeat.