ANTI-SCIENCE: Are citizens easier to dupe and control when held in thrall to ignorance?
ANTI-SCIENCE: Are citizens easier to dupe and control when held in thrall to ignorance? Contributed

Citizens duped by anti-science pollies

"Heaven Help Us" has been the pious hope of poor, benighted humanity down through the millennia, (and including quite a few QT letters' page writers it would seem).

A plea answered, surely, by that famous author of the promise, "You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free".

Answered some centuries back when the newly-discovered scientific method revealed many truths, thus giving people more freedom.

Yet history tells us that those who had prospered, powerfully and politically, in the previous era of darkness and ignorance, (such as French Cardinal Richelieu, according to my reading source) were "not happy" with truth and freedom.

Historically, they saw this new "sciencey stuff" as a dangerous threat, and declared themselves to be, very reasonably in their view, sceptical of the new knowledge, refusing to recognise any of it at all as anything close to their particular "truths".

Are citizens easier to dupe and control when held in thrall to ignorance, and is this the motive for our anti-science politician, just as it was at the dawn of science?

(It seems difficult to reconcile the posture of religious piety, adopted by conservative politicians, with Christ's promise of freedom through knowledge. Claiming to be Christian but exposed by Christ's promise that their actions and not their words betray their true position?)

In light of such arguments, should citizens be wary about the motives of political sceptics such as John Howard and company?

JAMES HILL

Redbank Plains



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