When I were a lad, science was, well, science and politics was for politicians, almost all of whom knew next to nothing or more than nothing about science. Nowadays we have political science which looms large in higher education and even larger in the media and government.
But an article in the LSE blog tells us that while science, economics and other things move on, reform and revise in a changing world political science is stuck in the past and this is all too apparent in its reaction to the recent crash and its causes.
In the days when politics was a disregarded subject that was driven to recruit hearties and theatricals to make up the numbers in back stairs departments out there in the real world men, and rare women who drifted into politics and allied trades had other qualifications regarded as better and more sensible.
The forced growth in student numbers had led to political science becoming a major area for all those extras. A result has been that politics has become limited to professional students cum politicians who now are dominant in Parliament, government departments, lobbying and related activities.
As they believe very firmly that Political Science is the master of all sciences, if only because they are political scientists, this means they can make decisions about and govern things of which they are entirely ignorant and dominate and despise anyone incautious enough to disagree with their prejudices and opinions.
Which explains a lot of the trouble at present, if not all of it.