">Trevora at May 3, 2003 12:22 PM

Last year the UK's top scientist said the following at the Oxford Earth Summit...

"Consult widely, embrace dissent, engage people even if they don't come forward voluntarily who are likely to disagree with you, expose the argument and expose uncertainty."

In my opinion these sentiments hold just as true for US politics as much as they do for pushing forward the limits of science...

No side has a monopoly on being right which means sustainable, long-term solutions to complex problems will need people to listen to one another and where possible co-operate.

Slurs on an opponent's patriotism are merely the last resort of someone who has lost the argument by all other means.

Posted by: Matt Prescott at May 3, 2003 12:56 PM

How little times change:

"An apocryphal story of the time captured the mood, telling of a child asked who was the greatest man who ever lived, and replying, 'Joe Chamberlain.' When told there was one greater, the child replied, "Teacher, Iím afraid you are a Pro-Boer!'

Posted by: David Tenner at May 3, 2003 03:10 PM

To answer the question posed by Sullivan, for many people of a variety of political stripes, yes they are.

lmquist at May 4, 2003 09:28 AM

1) Pot "amazed" to find black kettles
2) Ex-Bush supporter whines censorship
3) Redcoat turncoat whines predictably
4) National greatness turns on author
5) Foreign national disloyal to President
6) Readers: Sullivan in "5th column"?

...all I can think of for now. A question: does anyone know what Bush's favorite movies are?

Posted by: Thomas Nephew at May 5, 2003 12:53 PM
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