The Republican War on Science
But this author is just so...uncharismatic. He's condescending, barely touches upon the science of the issues he speaks about and more about the politics (granted, he's a political journalist, but a little more detail on the issues he brings up and less on the completely forgettable names, abbreviations and dates that fill each and e ...more
For me the most fascinating parts of it were the reasons why conservatives/republicans would make up fake science. For a lot of the issues, it was "big industry" that would fight a claim. Examples include issues like Climate Change and ...more
I must mention that Mooney is a gifted communicator and this book is extremely relevant. Definitely read it, but pace yourself...
This book argues that Republicans of late have unduly politicized scientific debates. I think that the work may under ...more
The book itself is divided into very logical sections. They cover the basic patterns and tactics that have been (repeatedly) as well as de ...more
While Mooney’s thesis primarily targets the GOP, he does give difference to both sides of the aisle as he dissects the historical progression of “junk science” from FDR to Nixon to R ...more
To be honest I was really bored with the book. Although I would be firmly on the author's side in his stances, the writing seemed very tedious. It also seems not r ...more
A book titled The Republican War on Science is bound to court controversy, and whether critics liked the book or not surely reflected their own political views and opinion of the current administration. Nonetheless, most reviewers believed that Mooney makes a convincing case that the GOP has launched a systematic assault against unbiased scientific inquiry and that it allows dogma to drive public policy. But critics viewed with skepticism Mooney's contention that the political right has a virtua...more
A couple of months ago I heard an interview of the first surgeon general in the George W. Bush administration. The in the interview, a common theme was the repression of science by the Bush administration. (The administration strategically ignored scientific findings in order to grease the wheels of big businesses that supported them.) I tried to find a book written by the surgeon general (his name escapes me now), but after striking out I found this one instead.