Want to win bets?  You can guess how persons of the liberal persuasion will come down on any issue by considering which opinion would justify an expansion of government.  This is true not only in the case of “Do something!” issues like global warming, but even the case of supposedly libertarian issues, like sexual self-definition, because the state must compel everyone else to go along.  It isn’t true that the issues compel them to seek totalizing government; rather the enchantment of totalizing government sways them to view the issues in certain ways.

Tomorrow:  Was St. Paul a Southerner?