No, I don’t mean stop honoring those we’ve lost. Keep doing that. Keep remembering those who served and fell in past wars, those who fell during the last sixteen years of the War on Terror, and especially those who fell during attacks here at home. When I say stop lying, I mean stop lying about why we’ve lost them, and to what enemy.
Memorial Day isn’t just about honoring the lost, it’s also about
maintaining what they gave their lives for. The thing is, far too many
Americans aren’t willing to admit what they died for, or who killed
them. And they’re not just refusing to admit it, they’re outright lying
about the threat we’re facing.
About that War On Science,
My liberal friends sometimes ask me why I don’t devote more of my
science journalism to the sins of the Right. It’s fine to expose
pseudoscience on the left, they say, but why aren’t you an
equal-opportunity debunker? Why not write about conservatives’ threat to
My friends don’t like my answer: because there isn’t much to write
about. Conservatives just don’t have that much impact on science. I know
that sounds strange to Democrats who decry Republican creationists and
call themselves the “party of science.” But I’ve done my homework. I’ve
read the Left’s indictments, including Chris Mooney’s bestseller, The Republican War on Science. I finished it with the same question about this war that I had at the outset: Where are the casualties?
But two huge threats to science are peculiar to the Left—and they’re getting worse.
The first threat is confirmation bias, the
well-documented tendency of people to seek out and accept information
that confirms their beliefs and prejudices.
... The lopsided ratio has led to another well-documented phenomenon:
people’s beliefs become more extreme when they’re surrounded by
like-minded colleagues. They come to assume that their opinions are not
only the norm but also the truth.
Groupthink has become so routine that many scientists aren’t even
aware of it. Social psychologists, who have extensively studied
conscious and unconscious biases against out-groups, are quick to blame
these biases for the underrepresentation of women or minorities in the
business world and other institutions. But they’ve been mostly oblivious
to their own diversity problem, which is vastly larger. Democrats
outnumber Republicans at least 12 to 1 (perhaps 40 to 1) in social
psychology, creating what Jonathan Haidt calls a “tribal-moral
community” with its own “sacred values” about what’s worth studying and
Judicial Watch today released 2,078 pages of documents revealing more instances of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sending and receiving classified information via an unsecured email server. They also show Clinton’s daughter Chelsea and
others involved with the Clinton Foundation receiving special favors
from Huma Abedin, the former secretary’s deputy chief of staff.
The new documents included 115 Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total
to date to at least 432 emails that were not part of the 55,000 pages
of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department. These
records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.