The Left’s attack on science

I’ve certainly denounced the religinuts’ attack on science often enough, but unfortunately the left uses some of the same tactics, spreading pure falsehoods (disguised as rational analysis but often entirely fact-free opinion), finding conspiracies (especially when their heroes are critically evaluated (like Séralini), and generally using fear tactics instead of reason to pursue an already-decided agenda (we hate Monsanto).

The damage done by the right is immense and for the obvious benefit of special interests (while it started as religion fanaticism (against evolution) it easily was exploited by the Koch’s to attempt to discredit global climate change). Now you see it, literally daily, in Texas in Orwellian fights to delete truth from textbooks.

But the left has its own agenda and it’s equally full of bias and stupidity. It’s easy, especially for any liberal (like me) to denounce corporate interests, but denouncing as opinion and statement of values is completely different than discrediting actual science.

So we get a website that appears to be rational and pushes all the left’s buttons (it would almost convince me except I already know these guys are frauds and just advocates, not rational critics). So it’s not just Frank Lutz and the Repugs who know how to do “framing” (claiming the high ground with words, like ‘death tax’ instead of ‘estate tax’, or in this leftwingnut case ‘independent’ (independent of whom, Monsanto probably, but not leftwingnuts)).

I’m talking about GMO’s, of course, and the flap (now with threatened lawsuit) over the retraction of the completely flawed Séralini paper by Elsevier. Of course the hacks, like Pollan, immediately declare foul and claim conspiracy, but don’t really address the reasons why the retraction occurred, i.e. bad science, plus the tactics of Séralini to try to prevent reviews (embargoes against journalists, another completely Orwellian tactic).

GMO is mostly an economic issue. Since the seeds are patentable it gives enormous advantage to the inventor, who just happens to be a U.S. company, so, of course, France and a few other bits of Europe, have fought (often with very dirty tactics) GMO since it’s just a question of money and who gets it. Like the Kochs’ dragging in the religinuts France has dragged in the food nuts like Pollan.

But the interesting thing is how similar the language and tactics of the attacks are. So science must be doing something right when both left and right attack it.

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About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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