By Robert A. Vella
There is a quiet movement afoot in America and perhaps other western countries which no democratic society could withstand should it propagate much further. It might even pose a more problematic existential threat to modern civilization than the current ones we face – rising populist angst, anthropogenic climate change, and war. This movement is rooted deep within our human psyche. It feeds off our dissatisfaction and distrust of authority. It is fertilized by our fragile and insatiable egos. It is often cultivated by disingenuous interests. It is our growing predilection for anti-intellectualism; and, more specifically, our increasing antipathy and animosity towards science.
One might assume I am referring to political conservatism, religious orthodoxy, and other doctrinaire ideologies which assert their own precepts as paramount. One might also assume I’m referring to pragmatic reactionary movements typified by the technophobic attitudes of Neo-Luddism. But, those assumptions would…
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