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Science cannot remain neutral against right-wing smears

“Science, like media, has done a piss-poor job of defending itself against this onslaught. And now, with Trump ascendant, things have reached the level of crisis. Republicans are defunding research, politicizing grantmaking, diminishing science’s role in the agency rulemaking process, and flat out refusing to accept conclusions they don’t like.

That Republicans have been denying climate change for so long has made it seem familiar, but it remains incredible, a brazen rejection of scientific institutions and practices. They called society’s bluff and got away with it. And it turns out to have been a harbinger, a waystation on the road to what looks more and more like a wholesale rejection of empirics.”

David Roberts, Vox


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