I wonder if the new "anti-science" stance on the right is just a political form of denial. If our leaders tell us that scientists are know-nothing, left-wing commies, we can pretend climate change is a myth.
If politicians say that evolutionary biology is a godless, communist plot, we can pretend they have nothing to teach us about the overuse of antibiotics or the dangers of tens of thousands of pollutants in our air, water, and food.
If someone running for President or for Congress tells us that the rich need more tax breaks so they can create more jobs for us little people, we can pretend that corporations aren't laying waste to our democracy and opportunity for all. We can pretend we don't have to do a thing to preserve our country: we don't have to be vigilant or hardworking or brave.