Will Intellectuals Lead the Progressive Revolution?
Somebody’s got to defend science. Between 1774 and 2014, 300 college professors served in Congress, but almost a third of those were law instructors, with a meager 15 emerging from mathematical fields. Now some 5,000 STEM academics have thrown their hats in the ring to run for office — perhaps deducing that with facts under attack, joining the fray is knowledge’s first and best line of defense. Though such campaigns are impractical for many academics, who lack deep-pocketed donors and name recognition, they could serve as a fascinating political experiment.