The Left’s War on Science


Have you heard? Certain politicians don’t believe in science! Republicans are showing themselves to be anti-science. Once again, the Republican party looks like it’s the anti-science party. The media say there’s a conservative war on science. But is that true? The real war on science is the one from the left. For 25 years, John Tierney has written about science for the New York Times. He often questions conventional wisdom, as in this story, which revealed the pointlessness of much recycling. It set a record for hate mail at the New York Times Magazine. Now Tierney writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, where he recently argued that the real war on science comes from the left. That seems odd since surveys show people on the right are more likely to believe in creationism. Right, but creationism doesn’t affect science. It doesn’t affect the way science is done. But wait, what about President Bush’s opposition to stem cell research? Destroying human life in the hopes of saving human life is not ethical. He didn’t stop stem cell research. It was just the government wouldn’t fund it. The taxpayer wouldn’t have to pay for it. And it turned out that it really didn’t matter much. People talk about this Republican war on science, but if you look around, my question is ‘”where are the casualties?” What scientists lost their jobs? I can’t find examples where the right-wing stopped the progress of science, whereas you can look on the left and you see so many areas that are taboo to research. Hell no GMO! Some research on genetically modified foods became taboo because of protests from the left. Tierney says that stifled research into what could have been a second Green Revolution to feed Africa. Also, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring and her baseless claim that DDT caused cancer in humans is still taught in high schools today, but there’s no mention of the millions killed by malaria because countries needlessly banned DDT. And scientists can’t even talk about whether genes affect intelligence. The federal government stopped funding IQ research decades ago. Researchers who looked at it anyway, like Charles Murray, are screamed at at college campuses. People who studied IQ needed bodyguards for their lectures. It’s something that can’t be discussed. Likewise, researching gender differences has become taboo. You can’t talk about sexual differences between men and women. I mean, it’s ok if they favor women. You can say that men are more likely to commit crimes, but you can’t suggest anything that there might be some kind of sexual difference that might predispose men to be more interested in a topic. Google fired engineer James Damore merely because he wrote a memo suggesting that sex differences might explain why more men work in tech. Damore just pointed out very basic scientific research about differences between the sexes. The experts in this, as soon as he published that memo, said, “Yes, he basically got the science right. But that didn’t matter. To even mention that there are these differences in the sexes was just taboo. You can’t say that there are more men interested in sitting all day doing computer coding than women are. It’s not that women aren’t doing well in life says Tierney, women get most college degrees, and graduate degrees. Women dominate virtually every extracurricular activity, but all the focus has been, why aren’t there more women physicists and mathematicians, and of course in the sports area too. And so there’s this idea that they’re being discriminated against there, when in fact the evidence really shows the reverse. There have been just enormous studies of who gets grants, who gets tenure, who gets interviews for jobs, and women get preference, if anything. The women would say, “You men run most of society. You head the corporations. You make more money. It must be discrimination.” Men are more aggressive. They’re more risk-taking. The status matters more to them. Making money matters more to them. Women aren’t as interested in that. You can’t say that. Well… I guess I won’t be President of Harvard. He says today’s universities are dominated by leftists. In the social sciences, Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least eight to one. In some fields, like sociology it’s 44 to one. Students are more likely to be taught in sociology by a Marxist than by a Republican. It’s gotten worse and worse. Once an academic department gets a majority of people who are on the left, they start hiring people like themselves, and pretty soon the whole department is that way. And they start to think that their opinions and that their interests are not only the norm, but the truth. So they publish articles like this one saying, conservatives have lower IQ and are more likely to be prejudiced. Science shows conservatives are more close-minded. The problem with this is that it’s been done by all these liberal social scientists. They would ask people about left-wing groups like communists, and conservatives were more prejudiced. Finally someone went out, and started asking different kinds of questions. When he asked liberals about things that mattered to them, like environmentalism or like Barack Obama, turned out they were just as irrational and dogmatic as conservatives were. One survey question asked, “Do you believe in the long run, hard work usually brings a better life?” I mean, that seems obvious to anyone, right? but that was classified as a rationalization of inequality. Another study asks if you agree that the “earth has plenty of natural resources if we just learn how to develop them”. That is conventional wisdom among people who study economics, but that was classified in that study as a denial of environmental realities. So think about that next time you hear about that conservative war on science. When it comes to science I mean, if anything conservatives are more scientifically literate than liberals are.

12 Comments

  1. Drive to Understand

    April 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you. Wonderful points. 

    FWIW, if you'd like to see an example of the difference between how progressives approach a topic and how conservatives do, I don't think you can find a better example than this, when we asked an immigration activist to explain why Obama creating the DACA policy was a good idea.

    https://youtu.be/vksxPG2YTr0?t=648

  2. Todd Mochamer

    April 11, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    another right wing "think tank" full of BS as usual.

  3. Life Strategies

    May 1, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    In your article, The Real War on Science, you say "even after Hitler used eugenics to justify killing millions, the Left didn’t lose its interest in controlling human breeding."

    One of the reasons the Left continue this policy is that the Left are socialist, and Nazi means socialist. The Nazi party's full name is NAtional soZIalistische deutsche arbeiter partei – which literally translates from German as the National Socialist German Workers' Party. Socialist? Workers? Nazis were extreme left-wing, not right-wing.

    Mind you, Wikipedia do a very good job of muddying the waters by pretending that the abbreviation is actually NSDAP rather than Nazi. Soros apparently believes in Hitler's immoral justification: "The end justifies the means."

    Socialists hate the fact that the Nazi party was Socialist with the same strong gun control agenda, the same strong social programs, the same government control of education, the same government control of the economy, the same emphasis on government jobs and and the same focus on worker's rights as modern socialists – see Wikipedia's explanation of Nazi policies.

    Unfortunately, Socialists mendaciously rewrite history by pretending Nazi means right-wing whereas in truth Nazi is actually left-wing and socialist. The all too abundant evidence prove the left are devout followers of Nazi ideology, even if they don't know it, and they similarly use and even condone violence as a strategy.

  4. Peter Combs

    May 9, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    They are seeing shifts to the right however of Millennials as increasing numbers of them are leaving college, deeply in debt and unable to find jobs after taking the classes and courses pushed by the Universities. They are frankly pissed…

  5. PlanetEvans

    July 22, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Stossel, an ethnic Jew I believe, can now brace himself for Nazi accusations from the "tolerant" Left, should these people deign to turn their screwball attention his way.

    The soft sciences are already polluted by progressive anti-science nonsense. But they are coming for the hard sciences, starting with biology and well-researched gender differences and such.

  6. Liver Cat

    November 1, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    the left has taken over climate science and has turned it into an emotion based agenda based pseudoscience. I don't know which is worse the fake global warming claims that make a mockery of science, or the radical feminist takeover of our colleges liberal arts departments

  7. markleyg

    February 10, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Creationism doesn't interfere with science? LOL. Claiming the world is 6K years old, the grand canyon was formed by the great flood, dinosaurs lived with man, evolution doesn't exist, just to name a few. Yea, I think that is anti-science.

  8. markleyg

    February 10, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Where to find the harm? How about global warming and the claim that it is a Chinese hoax.

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  10. Anthony Gage

    July 15, 2019 at 1:45 am

    I believe that leftists are distorting scientific evidence to make minorities like Muslims happy.

  11. *Heretic

    September 20, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    This is sad.

  12. abdulsalam king

    September 21, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Remember that well established ethnographer stated that blacks have lower IQ and as a result they stripped him of his Nobel prize? Just for speaking the truth!

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