Video on Science and Politics
When ever there is an interaction between science and politics science usually looses. That is not to say that all interactions between science and government are negative but the overall affect on science is negative. This is because politics is about acquiring and holding on to power and not knowledge and politics tends to be destructive to knowledge because ignorant people are easier to control. In addition politicians are often not really interested is the science but sending money to their districts. Even worst government often favors some lines of research over others in funding, education, and recognition. Some times government favors one side in a scientific dispute over others. The best examples are in origins research and climate research.