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?
As long as they can make jokes like this in the US, everything is not lost. Can we make a similar joke about President Thabo Mbeki withou it being thought to be racist? Probably not…. yet.BACK TO TOP