Republican Science: “Make Pi 3 and Round Planck’s Constant To 7 × 10-34 m2 kg / s”
Ian Squires has a nice piece of satire up and running at Huffington Post, titled “Conservative Pie: Republicans Introduce Legislation Redefining Pi as Exactly 3.”
Satire can be problematic when posted on the web, due, I suppose, to the rising gullibility level of the reading public or the willingness by many to latch on to the faintest wisps of conspiracy wafting on the breeze.
Writers on the web often label their work as “satire” or “humor” or “just kidding,” and when they do I usually find their stuff to be lame and generally ineffective. Good satire and humor draws you in, sets the hook and yanks you into the boat laughing. Advance written warnings and disclaimers serve only to scare the fish away.
Squire caught his limit this morning.
Some of the best satirical comedy of our time is being generated unintentionally by republican politicians and their tea party brethren and… sisteren.
Part of the beauty of his piece is that the right has worked so hard presenting nincompoop propositions for public consumption that as absurd as the idea of legislating the value of π may be, when told that it emanates from a republican source it takes on a certain verisimilitude.
If the scientific community is largely in agreement that anthropogenic climate change is at work and a real threat to our future, the view of the right, driven by those who find such an idea financially inconvenient, is to kill the concept with legislation, defunding, false advertising and positively Galilean smear campaigns.
If Boyle’s law, or Planck’s constant or the Pythagorean theorem is going to cost the Koch brothers some dough then it’s time to spread some money to introduce legislation against such subversive and expensive ideas.
If you need Fred Flintstone riding a brachiosaurus to square your belief in a six thousand year old universe with the fossil record, just make the claim and build a megamillion dollar museum. Present it as fact, the republican hoi polloi will pay admission.
A large part of the republican base will believe nearly anything, if it is presented as “common sense,” anti intellectual and based on conservative values.
It matters not that your moon rockets are now landing in Louisville, that was probably part of god’s plan anyway.