Quote of the week

Both the constructive disagreement intrinsic to science and the adversarial scrutiny necessary to politics disappear in this invocation of science as the ultimate authority – this trick will become familiar in the coming months. An extraordinary emergency requires extraordinary powers; no one disagrees with that. But it is politics, not science, which grants these powers legitimacy. How long will they endure?

James Butler
London Review of Books
8 April 2007

Mondli Makhanya on the button

I could not agree more with his column this morning. Money quote:

The point is that if South Africa and its neighbours had been willing to learn from history, they would have known by now that Mugabe is a liar who has no respect for them or the offices they occupy.

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