Amit Ghate PJM OpEd: Ideas and the State

 Posted by on 16 August 2010 at 1:00 pm  Activism, Government
Aug 162010

Amit Ghate has another nice OpEd in the August 16, 2010 edition of PajamasMedia.

Here’s the opening to his piece, “Ideas and the State“:

What do the following disputes — running the cultural gamut — have in common?

In education: Should creationism or evolution be taught in public schools? In science: Should we form de facto boards of inquisition to maintain the government-funded consensus on global warming? In arts: Should we support “diversity” in the form of the “Piss Christ”? Or should we engage in social engineering by funding art “that would show support for Obama’s domestic agenda”? And in a sad mixture of religion, politics, and science: Should taxpayers continue to support NASA with an annual budget of $19 billion so that it can pursue its new mission to “engage… with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science”?

The answer? Each seeks to determine which ideas taxpayers must fund and support. In so doing, each contributes to making modern politics more acrimonious and fractious than ever.

(Read the full text of “Ideas and the State“.)

I very much like his formulation, “separation of ideas and state”. Congratulations, Amit!

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