An alarmist New York Times article about America’s relative standing in science has Cafe Hayek on edge. First, Russ Roberts wrote,

The real question is not whether America is “ahead” or “behind” but whether students interested in science have good opportunities to explore science.

Next, Don Boudreaux added,

In the 18th century France boasted an impressive number of scientific geniuses, perhaps more than England, and yet England grew economically far faster than did France during the latter half of the 18th century and first part of the 19th. France was not as open to the commercial use of new ideas as were the English.

For Discussion. If we could increase our relative standing in science by secretly blowing up scientific institutions in other countries, would it be in our interest to do so?