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actor212

My suspicion is, the mistrust of scientists is an attempt on the part of the Republicans to corporatize knowledge and technology. By making scientists evil, they can effectively capture all advances in science under the banner of "keeping the people safe," and then dole them out sparsely to earn maximum profit.

Ken Muldrew

It is as actor212 says. Here is Jacob Bronowski:


"And that is a belief [the aristocracy of the intellect] which can only destroy the civilsation that we know. If we are anything, we must be a democracy of the intellect. We must not perish by the distance between people and government, between people and power, by which Babylon and Egypt and Rome failed. And that distance can only be conflated, can only be closed, if knowledge sits in the homes and heads of people with no ambition to control others, and not up in the isolated seats of power."


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"Knowledge is not a loose-leaf notebook of facts. Above all, it is a responsibility for the integrity of what we are, primarily of what we are as ethical creatures. You cannot possible maintain that informed integrity if you let other people run the world for you while you yourself continue to live out of a ragbag of morals that come from past beliefs."

tdraicer

Sorry, no: electing Obama in 2008 was the worst thing that could have happened to hopes for liberal change (all he has done is revive the GOP and make the Dems complicit in almost every GOP crime and folly). The second worst thing that could happen is repeating that mistake in 2012.

In short, for liberals, 2012 is a lost cause, and it is time to forget about Obama, and start working for real change in 2016-or see the slide to the Right continue until at least 2020.

actor212

Sorry, no: electing Obama in 2008 was the worst thing that could have happened to hopes for liberal change

You're right.

But wrong.

It could have been Hillary or Edwards (oh god forbid!) or anyone with a D at the end of his name, the Republicans would have treated him precisely the same. So your hopes for 2016 are similarly ridiculed.

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