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.