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Whoa, Whoa, Whoa

Derb – I’m done talking about intelligent design and my guess is you would like to be too. So I’m perfectly happy to ask you about this statement of yours which strikes me as just plain wrong. You write: “If only PH.D.s in the sciences had the vote, we should have Libertarian govt.”

Could you, as the scientists say, offer some evidence of that? Define your terms? Does medicine not count as a science? Surely you don’t include public health PhDs.

There is a long history in this country of scientific experts trying to short-circuit democratic processes in order to run the show themselves (does anyone remember “technocracy”?). Meanwhile, I am not aware of any movement of science types who pushed for limited government in the name of science or anything else. Also, while I am in favor of government-backed scientific research, I can think of a great number of libertarians who are not in favor of it — and the few who support it are often a little embarrassed by it.

So, in the hope of moving on to less trampled fields of discussion, what say you?

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