Social science is in a primitive state of development
and social scientists freely admit it. When I took
some graduate courses in political science in 1992,
the introductory course addressed itself to the exact
differences between the more advanced "hard sciences"
and the present state of the social sciences.
But as so often happens, this recognition goes to
the brink of real usefulness but no farther. Social
scientists insist that, despite the primitive state
of their studies, they have the right answers for
human society. This collection of "the ideas of the
intellectuals" is what we call "political leftism."
While they freely admit their studies are still in
an early stage, social scientists insist that they,
the "intellectuals," have the solutions that should
be applied to human affairs.
But a look at the history of the sciences demonstrates
one thing about every field of study when it was at
the primitive level of today's social sciences. When
it was at this crude, basic level, every prescription
an academic discipline gave was not just wrong, it
was a disaster.
Look at early chemistry. It said that the four elements
were earth, air, fire and water. This primitive science
was practiced by alchemists. Look at the absurdities
of the alchemists.
Ancient geography had three continents of equal size,
Europe, Africa and Asia, and no one could get anywhere
using its maps. Primitive medicine bled people to
balance four nonexistent humors, taking pints of blood
from sick people.
So leftist prescriptions by the social sciences,
from getting rid of phonics in teaching reading to
treating criminals as innocent victims of society
to socialism, where "intellectuals" plan the whole
economy, has been a disaster.
To repeat, the social sciences admit they are primitive,
but their historians pretend not to notice that every
field of study at this early stage has been ridiculous
when it tried to address reality.
Look at all the sciences in their early stages and
you will see one invariable rule. That is that when
each field of study was exactly where social scientists
admit they are today every prescription they agreed
on for human beings was wildly and disastrously absurd.
And every time a leftist policy is applied to human
affairs, it is a disaster. And like every other primitive
science, social science refuses to learn anything
Today, social scientists are as absolutely confident
of their agreed-upon prescriptions as every other
early scientist was. But they have less excuse, because
they claim to be experts on history.