Modern man’s restless longing to know the world is the driving force of science. The benefits of our accumulated knowledge have fostered a sense of freedom. Paradoxically, that freedom is too easily confused with a free market contingent on ignorance, which would have us desire an impossible return to a pre-scientific state.
At a certain point in the 20th century, a paradigm shift in the value and purpose of scientific knowledge occurred. The reliance on market forces to guide science may ultimately jeopardize centuries of progress.
There is a shifting balance in the relationship between science and technology. Corollary to this shift is a movement away from government-funded research investment to a more market-based approach. The geopolitical ramifications are enormous.