I think one could find similar questions raised in all of the reviews, even (perhaps especially) in positive ones. I hope Chris takes the hint and writes this sequel, and I hope he realizes that these criticisms are a mark of success. He took people who were generally interested in politics and science and convinced them of a particular perspective so effectively that we want more. Thanks to his research and writing, we have enough of a background in what's been happening for the last few decades in Republican politics that new and essential questions are emerging.
Here are some questions I have. Is it mere historical accident that religious groups and business both found the value of attacking science and expertise, or is there more to that history than we know? Why have the left's attacks on GMOs, for instance, been so ineffective, while the right's attacks on global climate science have worked? Why haven't libertarians, Luddites, or patent reformers been able to turn these same techniques to their advantages? I'm not enough of a nerd to know the ins and outs of Social Security demographics, but I think everyone agrees on the basic facts of the impending demographic shift and the need to do something, some time. Why haven't rogue demographers been dragged into the Senate to insist that the bulge is much nearer or much further than it actually is. It would be no more brazen than some episodes in RWoS, but the anti-tax wing of the Republican party seems not to have taken this strategy and run with it.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
War on Science II
Thoughts From Kansas is hoping that Chris Mooney write's a sequel to The Republican War on Science: