From Pine View Farm

The Galt and the Lamers 2

Tony Norman sees the fee hand of the market in right-wind reactions to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos. The excerpt starts with a quotation from Tyson:

“All the while, the glorious sun pours immaculate free energy down upon us, more than we will ever need. Why can’t we summon the ingenuity and courage of the generations that came before us? The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?”

It is views like this that have enraged many of Mr. Tyson’s critics on the right, who view his very entertaining presentation of the scientific worldview as a threat to tradition, morality, capitalism and the authority of the Bible.


The ideology of the free market unencumbered by concerns about the present or the future always trump science based on observable reality. This is why we have a major political party that finds it a problem to admit that man-made climate change is real or that the Earth is billions of years old.



  1. George Smith

    May 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    The part the writers never get to is the question they’re afraid to answer: What is to be done with WhiteManistan? It’s inconsequential if a country the size of Luxembourg denies science to the point leadership is paralyzed. It’s not at all that way when the country is the most powerful one in the world. We have a country that is on a track that condemns to death people globally, as well as its own, for environmental catastrophes that will certainly appear Biblical when they inevitably arrive. So you can sit around and wring your hands in columns pointing out the obvious or make a suggestion, that the only way forward is to immediately launch a public campaign that points out just these things and that the Republican Party is the driver, and therefore needs removal from power as swiftly as possible because it is a menace with global implications. It may not work. In fact, it is likely it might not. But that’s the only avenue available.

  2. Frank

    May 13, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    The campaign has already been launched. Until it appears on the mumble-B-mumble nightly news, it will amount to nothing.

    The gatekeepers have chosen to close the gate on truth in favor of both sides do it. As long as Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, and Cal Thomas are considered legitimate members of the commentariat, truth is doomed.