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?
This is a webcast of a public lecture I delivered on 14 January 2016 at Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland. The lecture examines the South African Constitutional Court’s views on equality, same sex marriage and the LGTBI community’s “right to be different.