How to Fight the War on Science and Win
Jonathan Foley
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I think this topic is somewhat overstating it’s influence on the future of mankind. There is a ripple effect beyond the US borders, no doubt, but the war on science is largely an American phenomenon and is is more of a threat to America’s place in the world than it is to the human race. A country that does not embrace science, let alone understand what it is and how it works, cannot compete in the global economy. They will be left behind and perhaps be subject to trade sanctions.

But America has some of the brightest scientific minds and best private schools in the world. The red flag, which other countries have experienced in the past, is “brain drain”. When your best and brightest start relocating to other countries to advance their work the writing is on the wall. That may be the wake up call required. For decades leading scientist have moved to the US to advance their careers. That trend has already slowed down, if not reversed and will continue to do so. Harvard and MIT are overflowing with foreign students who return home after graduation. It won’t be long before their homeland schools become as good or better. And that can happen quickly when the best teachers leave to work abroad. It should be well publicized every time a brilliant asset leaves for another country where their work is not impacted by an uneducated faction in the nation. Places where science is better understood for what it is by a much larger majority of citizens and not under attack. Places where the difference between a private and public school education is much smaller, such as the UK, Germany, Korea, Japan, Sweden, Canada, Australia…

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