Government and Science: The Unitary Executive versus Freedom of Scientific Inquiry

Gostin, Lawrence O.
March 2009
Hastings Center Report;Mar2009, Vol. 39 Issue 2, p11
Academic Journal
The author ponders on the U.S. government's suppression or disregard of science and the constitutional freedoms of scientists. Political control over science has been justified by former U.S. President George Bush on a theory of unitary executive. The author says science holds a privileged position and has the liberty to explore. A comparison between science and policy making is presented. The author stresses that science should be separated from politics and that medical science is too important to be subjected to political ideologies.


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