Why the GOP Should Embrace Science: The Conservative Future Project's Joshua Jacobs


"What has always alleviated our scarcity? What has always alleviated our environmental problems? Technology. What breeds technological dynamism? Economic success," explains Joshua Jacobs, co-founder of the Conservative Future Project, a new pro-science, pro-technology organization that's trying to get the Republican Party to embrace an open-ended future filled with driverless cars, stem-cell research, and private space exploration.

If that sounds like a tall order for a party whose leading presidential candidates in 2012 waffled on whether they believed in evolution, you're right. But Jacobs argues forcefully that the GOP is no less anti-science than the Democrats and actually has a long history of pushing scientific and technological innovation. 

Nick Gillespie sat down with Jacobs in Reason's D.C. studio to talk about how conservatives might stop standing athwart history yelling stop and march boldly into the future.

About 6 minutes.

Camera by Amanda Winkler and Joshua Swain; edited by Swain.

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