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Reality Isn’t Optional, Exhibit No. …. (I’ve Lost Count)

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Here’s a letter to the Crozet Gazette:


J. Dirk Nies rightly decries attempts by top U.S. government scientists Francis Collins and Anthony Fauci to stifle debate over the Great Barrington Declaration [2] and to viciously slander the Declaration’s three prominent co-authors, Jay Bhattacharya, Sunetra Gupta, and Martin Kulldorff (“Insights for Flourishing: Recent Assaults on Scientific Integrity [3],” Jan. 6).

Alas, such anti-scientific conduct grows ever more likely the more science – and the careers of scientists – become wedded to government. Politicians, after all, ultimately pursue votes and power, not truth and understanding. As George Will summarizes, “science usually is the subservient partner in a marriage between science and the modern state.”* Indeed so.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

* George F. Will, The Conservative Sensibility [4] (New York: Hachette Books, 2019), page 422.