Canada’s lost generation of scientists

Jessa Gamble, reporting for The Last Word on Nothing:

The first major warning sign came in 2006, shortly after Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper first ascended to power. The office of the National Science Advisor was to be phased out. It was a blunt and open declaration of what would come to be called, in environmental writer Chris Turner’s new book, Canada’s War on Science. No thanks, science, we don’t need your advice. We already know everything.

Why is it that when societal troubles are large, the small-minded gain power and exploit common fears to push down scientific thought, often in the name of smaller government?

Opinions that are held with passion are always those for which no good ground exists
— Bertrand Russell
What every man who loves his country hopes for in his inmost heart: the suppression of half his compatriots.
— Emil Cioran