The Degradation of Science Under Capitalism

quantumCenturies of scientific research and investigation have helped to propel society forwards and improve the lives of millions. This strength of the scientific method and its ability to discover and innovate has been so great that it has created a mystical sense of infallibility surrounding science. But, as with all other areas of society, the senility and decay of capitalism is now being reflected in the question of science also, and many are starting to worry about the reliability of research.

Science Under Attack

darwinSelf-proclaimed “science buff” and Missouri State Representative, R. Rick Brattin, has sponsored yet another piece of anti-evolution legislation. The bill would redefine scientific terms to make “intelligent design” seem legitimate enough to be taught alongside evolution, and would mandate an equal number of textbook pages for the teaching of evolutionary theory and thinly veiled creationism and “destiny.”

Should it pass, the “Missouri Standard Science Act” would require the appointment of a nine-person committee to provide supplemental material until new textbooks are printed. The cost of printing thousands of books to give equal attention to a nonscientific idea will be another burden for the state to bear in an already underfunded education system.

Capitalism Versus Science

We are constantly bombarded with the myth that capitalism drives innovation, technology, and scientific advancement. But in fact, the precise opposite is true. Capitalism is holding back every aspect of human development, and science and technology is no exception.