November 21, 2016

THE REAL WAR ON SCIENCE: Which side of the political spectrum poses a threat to science? The Left, I argue in City Journal. I’d be glad to argue it on stage, too, but so far I’ve had no luck finding anyone to debate it. Chris Mooney, the author of “The Republican War on Science,” ducked an offer to debate. So did Naomi Oreskes, the co-author of “Merchants of Doubt,” another book that promotes the myth of a right-wing war on science. Leftists have always used science — or pseudo-science — to justify expanding the power of the state, from “scientific socialism” to eugenics to the “population crisis.” To a dedicated leftist, research that contradicts the progressive agenda must be wrong — and must be taboo. Science depends on the continual testing of hypotheses, but the Left is more interested in silencing heretics. Why debate when you already know the truth?

 

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