Data collection as right-wing bugbear
Something led me to read this Salon.com piece about the U.S. Republican party’s rejection of a longstanding process of collecting data on the populace, a change which reflects so closely the Harper government’s scrapping of the long census form (and its disposal of other forms of data collection) that I recommend we all read it.
The final two sentences of the article especially apply:
Progress is built on the accumulation of knowledge, and ideological rigidity shouldn’t be able to compete against the truth that derives from a better understanding of our universe. And yet that’s where we are today — watching as one of the two major political parties in our country becomes not just more and more distrustful of science, but also opposed to the very notion of information-gathering — and governs accordingly.