I’d like to thank the pandemic and global warming for inventing two new cliches for characters who are scientists. Reality has worked beyond ‘the mad scientist who wants to rule the world” and “the scientist who is blind to the effects of his theories and inventions ” to produce two new models who will certainly inhabit the dramas and comedies of today through tomorrow.
New is the scientist totally blinded by ideology who bends every equations, every paper, every experiment to further the goals of his ideology. Lysenko was the first of this kind.
New also is the scientist lusting for power yet feverishly craven who forms no ‘scientific’ opinion without consulting his political masters’ wishes. Like the first, both aspire not to scientific honors or to historical memory, but to earn riches and accolades; to head vast bureacracies; to force other scientists, real scientists, to kowtow before their political will. I present to you: the Fauci.
With those who follow a different Way, it is impossible to share a Republic of Liberty.
I feel like I’m in a particularly unrealistic SF novel. The oppressors are supposed to provide ‘bread & circuses.’ In real life, denying people bread & circuses and—here’s the SF part—propaganda makes the people want their own deprivation!
There is no provincial more provincial than an academic.
If schools will expel students over racism’s history of slavery, will they expel students and fire professors over socialism’s history of slavery?
Let panic guide the hand of fate.
The government can’t tattoo and chip people, so they tattoo and chip their cars. Their dogs and cats, too. You thought that chip was for tracking the dog, eh?
We must end the “school-to-prison pipeline.” Keep these future prisoners out of our schools so that real students can learn.
“Like NASA, China has built a sound stage in the desert on which to fake Mars landings” — Conspiracy Theorists.
All wisdom is hate speech — Augustine of Hippo.