Why aren't there more scientists who transition into politics?
Would our economy, manufacturing, education, healthcare etc be better if they were run by people with a scientific background? Should policy be subject to the scientific method and require strict scientific evidence?
Perhaps people with the character and minds that excel at science are not the same types of people who do well at or enjoy politics. It would seem this way, considering that science is an experimental and solitary field and politics has more to do with charisma, charm and the ability to manipulate people. People are unpredictable. Experiments can be controlled and monitored in laboratories.
But then, too, perhaps there is a science to politics. Hitler may have been one of the best political scientists of all time.
Probably the biggest reason is that scientist only want to expose the truth and aren't willing to promise things that they can't deliver.
The majority don't want to hear what is really required to save the country from the disaster that is coming. They don't want to believe that America can fail or about the levels of corruption and ugly business that goes on every day in Washington.
They also tend to be atheist or at most very mildly religious and in America even today the majority of voters want someone who drinks the Kool-Aid and preferably the same Kool-Aid they drink.
For one thing, it's expensive to go into politics. The only way to raise enough money to run a successful campaign these days is to either be rich or appeal to the private interests and so turn into every other "bought" politician out there. Politics is only appealing to people who want power and celebrity status, but maybe aren't handsome enough to be in film.
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