From the article:
Science needs to play a role in important decisions. However, the US is further regressing into religious irrationality and warmongering that large parts of its population do not even endorse, yet can do nothing to prevent. Western systems are effectively two-party, same policy ones, leaving “choices” such as either religion and big corporate business or small business with even worse religiosity. Even Germany’s chancellor Merkel, though physicist, had to be or at least pretend to be a devote Christian, or else she would not have been allowed into such a powerful position.
It goes on to mention a similar fact, namely that the advances for women that China has enforced and secured for many years now, against all the odds given by a still largely poor, traditional peasant population, do nothing to make China appear on progressive writer’s radars, although token feminism is one of their main strategies:
In fact, only a single nation in the whole world has a political system that is mature enough so that the most important decisions are made by mutual consensus among mild-mannered, secular people who have almost all studied and worked in the hard sciences; Hu Jintao (“Follow Science, Discard Ignorance”, the third of Hu’s 2006 proclaimed Eight Concepts on Honors and Disgraces), or Liu Yandong, who has become one of the world’s most politically influential and powerful females, yet is nevertheless unknown to Western intellectuals who claim to support science, secularism, and emancipation of women.
S. Vongehr: “China’s Openness no One-Way Alley.” The Nanjinger – Vol. 3 - Issue 2 - November 2012, pages 8-9