Trump Mocks Biden for Listening to Science

October 19, 2020

Khmer Rouge rule of Cambodia – Wikipedia:

The Khmer Rouge government arrested, tortured and eventually executed anyone suspected of belonging to several categories of supposed “enemies”:

Anyone with connections to the former government or with foreign governments.

Professionals and intellectuals—in practice this included almost everyone with an education, people who understood a foreign language and even people who required glasses.
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I remember reading about this kind of thing years ago and failing to understand the motivation. Now after spending many years studying the war on science, I get it.

The common thread is – those educated in science and the pursuit of factual information of any kind, know that there is a common source of truth that is independent from and of greater import and value than the “Great Leader’s” pronouncements.
Therefore, they are a danger to authoritarian states, and to those interests who seek to create such a state.

In the clip above, Joe Scarborough comments that “50 years from now, people will be looking at these clips and asking “what happened to America?”
“What happened was Donald Trump.”

But that’s not correct.
What happened was a 40 year assault on the credibility and authority of science by the fossil fuel industry. Trumpism is the inevitable result.
Time will tell if Democracy can survive it.

Below, 60 Minutes’ interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci broadcast October 19.

3 Responses to “Trump Mocks Biden for Listening to Science”

  1. neilrieck Says:

    Trump fails to notice the obvious which is this: the first term of a President of the United States is an apprenticeship for the second. It’s a reality show called “The Apprentice: USA” and he is about to hear the words “You’re Fired!”

  2. ubrew12 Says:

    The Khmer Rouge recruited from the ‘hill people’ living in the outback who dismissed the ‘urban elites’ of Phnom Penh, and when given the chance came out of the hills and ‘reeducated’ those elites by force. Reminds of the Taliban, living in the mountains of Afghanistan and hating the ‘urban elites’ of Kabul and Karachi. We all know what they would do to those elites if given half a chance. And those guys plotting the kidnapping of Michigan and Virginia’s governors? Where do they live? And what do you suppose they think of ‘urban elites’? It’s a romantic image, for a guy, to live in the hills ‘off the land’, and look down, literally, on the doctors and lawyers in the cities below. But in modern life it’s a recipe for poverty, ignorance, scapegoating, radicalism, and hatred of all expertise, especially of Science.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    What happened was a 40 year assault on the credibility and authority of science by the fossil fuel industry.

    Hey! What about tobacco? They broke trail!

    If you’ve got the stomach for it, check out the 2005 satirical comedy Thank You for Smoking:
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0427944/


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