Science and progressive political science

The word science as we know it has nothing to do with politics. The scientific method can be used to support or reject human hypotheses about the physical world in which we live, but not ideologies. Unfortunately, the word has become bastardized by progressive (Marxist) ideologues and is beginning to lose its real meaning—the observation, identification, description, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena.

Progressives have used the word to try to justify their social agenda on the politics of abortion, climate change, racism, gender fantasies, and other “justice” projects.

During “Earth Day” weekend last month progressives “marched for science” in cities around the U. S. I’m embarrassed to note that people at my almamater—the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University—promoted and participated in March for Science events in that city and in Washington, D. C.

Fifty years ago the “College of Forestry” was renowned for its forest scientists and their teaching and research in forest management and forest products science and engineering. I was proud to have participated in those studies and associate with those men of science.

Today my former college (and many others in the U. S.) has become infiltrated with progressive “social justice” activists who make a mockery of real science and spread their leftist propaganda to gullible students and the public. Sadly, I have noted this evolution during the past fifty years by studying the alumni news and other college literature.

The real purpose of the “March” was to demonstrate against our President Donald Trump and to promote a plethora of left-wing agendas. This charade was exposed by several adult writers.

Eric Metaxas writing at commented in an article titled, “The Liberal Crusade to Redefine Science”:

“But if there were ever going to be a ceremony inaugurating this new and useless definition of science, it’s got to be last weekend’s ‘March for Science’ in the nation’s capital, co-chaired by Bill Nye, ‘the science guy.’ Nye, a children’s TV host from the nineties with no formal training as a scientist, has recaptured the spotlight with his videos on climate change, abortion, women’s “rights,” and other highly politicized issues.

“To say his arguments in some of these videos are embarrassing is being kind. For instance, in one odd and rambling speech promoting abortion, Nye claimed that because many lives end through natural causes before they leave the womb that it’s okay for us to kill the unborn ourselves…That does not stop Nye’s supporters from honoring him as a champion of science…One wonders who, exactly, was in charge of this debacle.”

Who indeed?

Mr. Metaxas pleads with anyone who knows what real science is—who still believes science has a definition independent of politics—to speak up against political science. I intend to.


About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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