“The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded…we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” Eisenhower
How true this has become. Science was hailed as the objectivity of modern civilisation and has instead crumbled into pay per view for vested interests. All it seems most science today really represents is an example of follow the money trail to find what the preferred results are wanted to be. No where is this more evident than in the global warming scam, but the pharmaceutical industry is just as back if not worse, and there are other criminally negligent industries as well. Activist cash identifies how much of science is now little more than activism.
Governments at one time who had scientific departments at arms length from the government are now simply science for politics – that’s how you get your funding.
It is time we returned to the scientific method. It is time governments and science was open and transparent, and science paid for by the public purse was made freely and openly available to the public.
A couple of years ago I wrote to many of our Universities here in Sydney on this issue. Response – none!
Being put in jail for borrowing too many books from the library ; Paid for by the public purse should be accessible freely to the public ; Scholarly publishing report ; Where does the money go? ; An $8 billion a year industry! ; Another NGO where salaries are exorbitant ; Making scientific literature freely available as a public resource ; Public access for published results ; Open access to university science ;
Open Access is defined as free, unrestricted and immediate online access to published scholarly material, primarily peer-reviewed research articles in academic journals