“When government funds science, government controls science”


That’s part of the title of a very thought-provoking article at Substack by author ‘el gato malo’.  Here’s an excerpt.  (The lack of capital letters is the author’s choice.)

eisenhower feared the rise and dominance of the military and industrial might that had driven fascism and imperialism to the fore in the 1930’s. he saw it in germany, in italy, and in japan. he saw it ongoing in the united states and in the soviet union and the cold war that was ripe to be waged and to come to dominate public perception and geopolitics as a result. largely, he was correct. for this reason, his farewell address is well remembered for its warnings against the “military industrial complex” … even more prescient was this less remembered but, to my mind, far more presently important admonition:

Akin to, and largely responsible for the sweeping changes in our industrial-military posture, has been the technological revolution during recent decades.

In this revolution, research has become central, it also becomes more formalized, complex, and costly. A steadily increasing share is conducted for, by, or at the direction of, the Federal government.

The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocation, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.

Yet in holding scientific discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.

. . .

this is the “tyranny of experts” and the utter dominance of discourse and the foundational freedoms and order of society that it can attain.

such technocratic domination comes to pass because of a feedback loop that establishes the framework, both political and scientific, to create a “rule by experts.”

the problem is that by the time this loop has run, there are not experts, merely commissars, chosen and promoted for fealty, not foresight or accuracy. science becomes a guild of medieval bards singing the false praises of feckless leaders because more so now that ever, science runs on money and just as in the courts of kings, he who pays the piper shall call the tune.

the government picks scientists who tell it what it wants to hear. these are elevated. others are starved. soon, anyone entering a field knows that “if you want have a career, you need to study X and your conclusions must look like Y.” this is not exploration, it’s justification. this, in turn, supports the “right sort of government,” a technocratic government, not one pushing choice or a small state. that’s no use to the grant grabbers and subsidy snufflers. so “the science” always comes down on the side of fascist systems because that’s where the gravy train is.

and this is a bad, bad cycle for those in search of personal rights and agency, for the whole point of a technocratic state is to tell you what to do for your own good and get rich and powerful while doing so.

There’s more at the linkHighly recommended reading, particularly concerning its relevance to the COVID-19 imbroglio.



  1. For over 3 decades now fact based science and fact based mathematics has been ignored and shunned upon. Keeping knowledge contained by the scholastic and special interest groups is getting more difficult with the advent of the internet and newer science discoveries being exposed by television programs.

    Is your Institution now ready for breaking new ground in studies.

    Motion and velocities mapping.


    Other world countries have used this knowledge to enrich their technology as it's been available for some time now.

    I had all kinds of technology based information that could help society but our politicians have made it loud and clear that current corruption can't be beat until this system totally fails as it's currently doing.

    1. You can go further back than that. This is Plato v. Aristotle at a more fundamental level.

      Rand, Hienline, Orwell, Huxley -combone them all.

  2. I've already warned my daughter that if she wants to be a meteorologist she's going to have to learn AGW well enough to spout it on command, in addition to staying on top of the current talking points.

    Fortunately for her, she wants to study weather on other planets where people cannot (logically) be blamed for weather patterns. Yet.

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