30 November 2009

Don Monroe on The Honest Broker

Don Monroe alerts me to his very well written review of The Honest Broker. He writes:
Pielke's short, readable book provides a helpful guide for what we can hope for in policy debates involving science, and how scientists can most productively contribute. What we can't hope for is a single, science-endorsed answer to complex issues that trade off competing interests and conflicting values. For that, we have politics.
More on THB here and here.


  1. Roger,

    Just out of curiosity, how was the image chosen for the cover of your book?

    The image appears to represent a King and a Queen. Each time I see that book cover, it reminds me of a quote from Newt Gingrich in describing Jonah Goldberg’s book “Liberal Fascism”. The quote reads:

    “We have replaced the divine right of kings with the divine right of self-righteous groups.”

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  3. -2-SBVOR

    The image comes from a fresco in Siena, Italy called The Allegory of Good Government. The book is really about good government, hence the cover. However, if you had your own copy (hint, hint) you could have read that on the back cover ;-)

  4. Roger,

    Thank you for the response.

    As you might have guessed, I have my own ideas about what constitutes “good government”.

    And, I seriously doubt we are anywhere close to agreement on that.

    My idea of “good government” is the smallest and least intrusive government which is practicable. Every incremental increase in government beyond that point is -- on balance -- nothing but destructive.

    As one tiny example, I am already stocking up on incandescent bulbs in advance of the idiotic ban.

    I’ve tried CFLs and they have proven to be a huge disappointment -- they often last no longer than an incandescent bulb, the lumens produced fade rapidly over time, they are particularly ill-suited to the cold climate where I live and I have noticed no decrease in my electrical usage.

    LEDs -- so far -- look to be even worse (producing very limited lumens at absurdly high prices).

    Worst of all, this lunacy was imposed upon all of us by ignorant bureaucrats reacting to junk science.