The first post Freedom Fries French President , M.Sarkozy enjoyed 15 minutes of Sixty Minutes fame yesterday, but this morning, a NYTimes oped asks if historians pondering the Neocon ascendancy:
"may find the French Revolution useful in understanding his curious brand of 21st- century conservatism. Soon after the storming of the Bastille, pro-Revolutionary elements came together to form an association that would become known as the Jacobin Club, an umbrella group of politicians, journalists and citizens dedicated to advancing the principles of the Revolution."
Its French Canadian author leaves the NeoJacobin's role in the devolution of Republican science policy unexamined. Yet cautious palaeocons should recall that, condemned as member of the Ancienne Regime, modern chemistry's founder met an untimely end , guillotined by the Jacobin Terror.
Lavoisier's protege in the gunpowder business escaped the Terror by fleeing to America, to found a Delaware chemical dynasty, so it is no small irony that his present namesake should elect the losing side in the science wars of today. Before Pete Du Pont fires off another WSJ fuelleton, or another half-cocked Global Warming Primer escapes quality control at his National Center for Policy Analysis, the Governor might take counsel of the scientifically astute board of the firm that has so long been instrumental in keeping our powder dry in all climes.