Friday, June 02, 2006


Land of the Free, Home of the Brave

"I think several things are coming together. The first is the unannounced, perhaps even unacknowledged, war on curiosity. The second is the equally unacknowledged war on risk. The third is pervasive fear," writes Jon Carroll in the San Francisco Chronicle.

"Signs of that war are everywhere," adds Carroll, "Because people are afraid of science, they can easily be persuaded to mock scientists or scientific theory. Evolution, global warming, stem cell research -- they've all come under attack because stupid or avaricious people have found it all too easy to use ignorance and fear to advance their own agendas."

RSR misses the days when there was nothing to fear but fear itself.


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