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Re: Jonah’s “Whoa” On The Derb

I have to jump in with Jonah’s wonder about Derb’s claim that science Ph.D’s would deliver us a libertarian government. Consider this fragment from Harvard geneticist Richard Lewontin in an article in the New York Review of Books last fall: “Most scientists are, at a minimum, liberals, although it is by no means obvious why this should be so. Despite the fact that all of the molecular biologists of my acquaintance are shareholders in or advisers to biotechnology firms, the chief political controversy in the scientific community seems to be whether it is wise to vote for Ralph Nader this time.”

Doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence in the political judgment of scientists.


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