If you think I’m being a little extreme, a little one-sided perhaps, about the Harper Conservatives’ narrow ideology, and preference for right-wing prejudice over research and evidence, try this: Scientists rail against imposed ignorance: Goar | Toronto Star.
They used to say, if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Seems the Conservatives have done the math, and chosen the latter. The price will only become evident (if you’ll pardon the pun) somewhere further down the line, when the damage is done. And much of the damage is already done.
Here’s the thing: as a South African, coming from the long struggle, still ongoing, to establish a free and open society at the bottom end of the African continent, I look around me, expecting an outcry. Yet, for the most part, I hear nothing – just the occasional shrug, perhaps, or muttered comment – ‘yeah, that’s the Conservatives for you. Typical. D’you wanna go have lunch?’
Which is why the Scientists for the Right to Know initiative is so striking, and important. I’m only sorry that I missed their panel discussion, Imposed Ignorance, at the Munk School of Global Affairs this week. But you can read about it here.