Tuesday, December 22, 2009
by Thomas Sowell
Science is one of the great achievements of the human mind and the biggest reason why we live not only longer but more vigorously in our old age, in addition to all the ways in which it provides us with things that make life easier and more enjoyable.
Like anything valuable, science has been seized upon by politicians and ideologues, and used to forward their own agendas. This started long ago, as far back as the 18th century, when the Marquis de Condorcet coined the term "social science" to describe various theories he favored. In the 19th century, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels distinguished their own brand of socialism as "scientific socialism." By the 20th century, all sorts of notions wrapped themselves in the mantle of "science."
"Global warming" hysteria is only the latest in this long line of notions, whose main argument is that there is no argument, because it is "science." The recently revealed destruction of raw data at the bottom of the global warming hysteria, as well as revelations of attempts to prevent critics of this hysteria from being published in leading journals, suggests that the disinterested search for truth-- the hallmark of real science-- has taken a back seat to a political crusade.
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What I find very telling also is that for all the cries of "green technology" and "green jobs," all to protect the environment, right David, is how those on the left who demand we modify our lifestyles to be "green" go out of their way to stop alternate energy sources from being constructed in their back yards.
Senator Feinstein Seeks to Block Solar Panels In Mojave Desert
An Ill Wind Off Cape Cod
Ted Kennedy Blocks Cape Cod Wind Farm
Environmentalists Fight Calico solar farm
Animals Rights Activists Blocking Wind Farms