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Commentary: Fixing the policy may not sort out the politics

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 04 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2093

Political Science: Fact or Fiction

Political science is an oxymoron. Since politics often involves
secret alliances, hidden agendas, broken promises, equivocation, and
misrepresentation, it's hard to imagine that politics is scientific. And
it's not hard to imagine that politics is, in fact, inimical to science.
So I propose that science free itself from politics, and that politics
stop masquerading as science. Sadly, politics is mostly abstraction and
distraction without traction or action.

Competing interests: No competing interests

07 April 2011
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA