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You can view the articles from the blogs which preceded these at the following URLs:
Here is a masterful piece on the relationship of the right and left in science and politics. I don't have time to comment on it at the moment, but it is a good read and worthy of discussion.
However, I do think it misses some big opportunities to speak to the difference between worshipping science and scientists (which moves it out of the realm of science, actually) and having a critical understanding of science, which is more true to the scientific enterprise itself than the worship of science, scientists, or even the body of knowledge produced by the scientific enterprise.