The Doomsday Lobby

Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors

Authors: Bennett, James T.

  • Controversial, outspoken, and provocative perspective on the political influence over scientific research
  • Colorful stories of dramatic episodes, including the race-to-space, meteor scares, and the current debate over global warming
  • References to popular press and culture; an engaging style that will appeal to a broad spectrum of readers
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From the race-to-space in the 1950s to the current furor over global warming, James Bennett traces the subtle and not-so-subtle ways in which government has co-opted scientific research and reinforced a culture in which challengers to proscribed wisdom are frozen out. Ripped from the headlines, Bennett offers a compelling, entertaining, and thought-provoking perspective on political influence in scientific research and its implications for a democratic society. Praise for The Doomsday Lobby "During the Nineteenth Century, almost entirely on private funding, American science grew from practically nothing to world class. Now, however, over fifty percent of American science is funded by the federal government. Dr. Bennett traces the path, "crisis" after "crisis," by which American science became practically an arm of the federal government. His tale is a cautionary one, warning against future "crisis mongers" who would extend the government's already majority control of American science even further. His warning is a timely one, and it should be heeded." Joseph P. Martino, author of Science Funding: Politics and Porkbarrel "Bennett's latest book offers a challenging interpretation of the rise of the American federal science establishment since World War II. Focusing primarily on the growth of the space program, Bennett argues that crisis, real or imagined, is the source of state power and state funding for science. The Doomsday Lobby offers what no doubt will be viewed as a controversial contribution to the history of American science policy, and more broadly to an understanding of the role of the state in society." James D. Savage, Professor of Politics, University of Virginia, and author of Funding Science in America James T. Bennett is Eminent Scholar and William P. Snavely Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at George Mason University, and Director of The John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Unhealthy Charities, The Politics of American Feminism, Stifling Political Competition, and Not Invited to the Party.

About the authors

James T. Bennett is Eminent Scholar and William P. Snavely Professor of Political Economy and Public Policy at George Mason University, and Director of The John M. Olin Institute for Employment Practice and Policy. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Unhealthy Charities, The Politics of American Feminism, Stifling Political Competition, and Not Invited to the Party.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Bennett has written an engrossing tale of how government dollars are used to stoke the fires of campaigns that urge U.S. lawmakers as well as taxpayers to consider spaceborne paranoia – be it Sputnik-like challenges, incoming asteroids, or global warming. … All in all, this book looks at the popular press and culture, written in an appealing style that will jell with a broad gamut of readers. … well worth the read and may well add to your inbox of inquiry about today’s space program direction.” (Leonard David, Space Coalition, January, 2011)

“Whole purpose of this book is to expose and dissect the world of self-serving, job-protecting doomsday predictions visited upon Congress and the American public in order to, the author purports, scare everyone into paying for things–in this case, scientists and their projects–that otherwise wouldn’t have a prayer of public funding. … If you want a glimpse into why Washington can’t … get anything done and why politicians are out for themselves, their districts and their own reelection bids, read this book … .” (Carla, Goodreads, June, 2011)

“James T. Bennett’s most recent book, The Doomsday Lobby, is an excellent antidote to the thinking that has promoted science as an arm of the government during the past seventy-five years. … Bennett’s book will appeal to a large swath of readers … . the reader will see that it is a thoughtful … and well-researched work.” (William N. Butos, The Independent Review, Vol. 16 (2), October, 2011)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction and Overview

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 1-4

  • American Science before the Bomb

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 5-43

  • Dr. Bush Fathers a Foundation

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 45-88

  • Oh Sputnik! How the Educationists Prospered from a Russian Satellite

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 89-109

  • To Mars! (But Why?)

    Bennett, James T.

    Pages 111-137

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eBook $14.99
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Softcover $24.95
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Doomsday Lobby
Book Subtitle
Hype and Panic from Sputniks, Martians, and Marauding Meteors
Authors
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
eBook ISBN
978-1-4419-6685-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6685-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4419-6684-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 200
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