In The case for optimism on climate change, Ryan Cooper makes the point that organized Climate Change Denial is Lysenkoism. He's using the word metaphorically, of course. Unfortunately, his Lysenkoist label isn't an insult, but a description.

Lysenkoism is used metaphorically to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives. [Wikipedia]

Republican politicians … have presented themselves as tough-minded defenders of the American way of life against a bunch of dopey greens who would burn the economy to save a bunch of tadpoles — but what they really are is a bunch of Lysenkoist fools who are endangering the material security of the nation. [emphasis mine]

Why didn't I notice the parallel before?

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What an apt way to associate the denial and politicization of science we're seeing -- perpetrated by "unelected corporate government" -- with failed policies of the Soviet Union!




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