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  •  they're either impotent or cowards (1+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes

    Science has only ever been a minority taste.  Dumb monkeys vote, march, donate, and blog for dumb monkey reasons, not for human reasons.  And scientists and academics know perfectly well who pays them, and that they have everything to lose by defying them.

    You'd need some kind of technocratic dictatorship where the Council of Sapients sets policy, to be implemented by a corps of engineers.  But since academics are intellectually and emotionally unsuited to leadership - far too abstract and circumspect - you'll end up with a system corrupted by hucksters, paralyzed by internal politics, and under siege by demagogues.  Just look at China; whatever good intentions and pretensions to technocracy Beijing might have, they're basically held hostage to local officials in bed with powerful business interests.

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