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One can almost prove scientifically that science and politics don’t mix.
“Science is better than faith,” the scientist told me. “Faith is about opinions and beliefs that have no rational foundation. There’s no way to prove one is better than another, so everybody just ends up yelling. And when the argument gets heated enough, they start killing each other.
“In science, on the other hand, we can prove or disprove things. Feelings don’t come into it. If a theory doesn’t work under laboratory conditions, if the results aren’t reproducible, then it falls to the ground and that’s the end of it.”
“It’s a good point,” I conceded, “though you must admit it hasn’t always worked that way. Lysenko in Russia did peer review by firing squad.”
“Which proves my point,” said the scientist. “That wasn’t science.”
“I could argue that killing people for religion isn’t faith either.”
In the modern world an appeal to science generally trumps appeals to faith or authority, and although I’m a Christian evangelical, I think that’s largely a good thing. Science, historically the fruit of a theistic world view that saw the universe as a rational artifact, works. It works wonderfully. It brings genuine results from which we all benefit. It’s been misused from time to time, but taken as a whole it’s been an overwhelming blessing to mankind.
The problem comes when we try to apply science to areas that aren’t subject to the microscope, the telescope, or the mass spectrometer.
It’s a tragedy of history that Karl Marx chose to dress his theories in the clothing of scientific analysis. Ever since his time, Marxists have built systems on his theories in the settled faith that their daring new policies must bear fruit, because they’re based on “irrefutable science.”
And yet, time and again, those policies have failed.
Science isn’t supposed to work that way. So the Marxists are forced to ask, “What can explain such an anomaly? How can science be wrong?”
The answer is always the same – “Wreckers have been at work. Saboteurs, ungrateful for the blessings of socialism, are conspiring to destroy the fruits of the people’s labor.”
Obviously these wreckers are enemies of humanity, and must be hunted down and eradicated. Any scapegoat will do. It might be the Jews. It might be the intellectuals. It might be the 1%, or anybody else the Supreme Leader happens to be miffed at today.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?