By Jon Miltimore writing for Fee Stories
When non-scientists, politicians, or people attached to a particular political idealogy speak about 'listening to the science', we need to be careful as their message can actually mean, 'follow our plan'.
These individuals are interested in gaining or retaining power and will use whatever vehicle helps them achieve that, including science.
As I explained in the article 'Trust the Science', Science isn't religion, it's a process that involves research and significantly allows voices that challenge the accepted narrative, test those challenges to determine their validity. As a result, science can and does often change its mind when it thinks it's wrong. When politicians align themselves with science and it helps them gain power, they are reticent to change their message, especially if the opposing message that turns out to be right is the one promoted by their political or ideological opponents.
The economist Ludwig von Mises wrote in his 1947 essay “Planned Chaos”,
The planners pretend that their plans are scientific and that there cannot be disagreement with regard to them among well-intentioned and decent people. Science can never dictate what ought to be and what ends people should aim at. It is a fact that men disagree in their value judgments. It is insolent to arrogate to oneself the right to overrule the plans of other people and to force them to submit to the plan of the planner.
Jon Miltimore writing for Fee Stories states,
When teen activist Greta Thunberg exhorts us to follow the science on climate change, she’s not saying we should acknowledge that the planet is warming and that humans play a role in the Earth’s climate. She’s saying people should adopt her plan and that of other climate activists, which includes transitioning off meat, giving up flying (something to be achieved either through shame or coercion), taxing fossil fuels, and myriad other proposals.