The Court’s Essential Agnosticism On Science

Source: Law & Liberty
by Alison Somin

“Understanding the current conflict about science at the [US Supreme] Court requires looking back more than a century, when leading progressives were convinced that the Constitution’s original design preserving the separation of powers interfered with efficient and ‘modern’ management of society by expert elites. Woodrow Wilson published a famous paper arguing that public administration should be cabined from democratic politics to follow ‘scientific logic’ rather than ‘ideology or interest.’ For decades, the Supreme Court thwarted undemocratic efforts to remake the executive branch into the modern administrative state. But the Great Depression gave progressives supermajorities in Congress an opportunity to institutionalize their vision of government by purported experts.” (03/10/23)