Technocracy and Totalitarianism

Source: Brownstone Institute
by Aaron Kheriaty

“The totalitarianisms of the 20th century were grounded in pseudoscientific ideologies, e.g., the Marxist pseudoscience of economics and history, or the Nazi pseudoscience of race and eugenics. In our own day, the pseudo-scientific ideology that drives societies in a totalitarian direction is scientism, which must be clearly distinguished from science. The ideology of scientism and the practice of science should not be confused: the former is often conflated with the latter, which creates no end of muddled thinking. Science is a method, or more accurately, a collection of various methods, aimed at systematically investigating observable phenomena in the natural world. … Scientism is the philosophical claim — which cannot be proven scientifically — that science is the only valid form of knowledge.” (11/19/22)