Wednesday, September 14, 2005

The Know-Nothings has an article by Andrew O'Hehir about "The Republican War on Science," to quote a book title by Chris Mooney. Here's a sample: "...Affluent big-business conservatives and pro-life "moral values" conservatives (mostly middle class or working class) may have opposing economic interests...But they share an urgent desire to undermine public confidence in science, if necessary by manufacturing illegitimate doubt or creating, as Mooney puts it,"a semblance of controversy where it doesn't actually exist."

America has a long-standing bias against intellectual pursuits. This is just the tide at the full, the pendulum swung all the way to the right. Please, let it swing back soon!! Before we are all the victims of ignorance, against which, as the saying goes, "the gods themselves contend in vain."

1 comment:

D' Wizard said...

Know-nothing-ism will have a price. The South Koreans will scoop us on cloning and stem-cell research, India and China will continue to improve their high tech abilities. The know-nothings will lose in the market place and will have no one to blame but themselves. Protect yourself from that fallout.