Ain't No Party, Ain't No Disco
That Ban Ki Moon does not have a reputation for outspokenness makes his statement all the more notable. But it is not a new idea, even in diplomatic circles. Sir David King, Britain's top science adviser, was widely criticized a few years ago when he posited that global warming was man's greatest challenge and a far bigger threat to humanity than terrorism. And Al Gore has repeatedly suggested that confronting global warming is, in the words of William James, "the moral equivalent of war." For James, of course, the great cause was the "war against war," which he warned would be "no holiday excursion or camping party." Ditto this one.