Our colleague in the Math & Science Department, Chris Jensen, has posted on his blog a nice discussion on the interpretation of social scientific and scientific research by the political Right: "How the right wing co-opts research into the evolution of cooperation."
Chris looks at two "recent" works that adsorb work on the evolution of cooperation into the perspective of the Right and Far-Right, as well as commenting on the recent social disruptions in the U.K. in this ideological context.
From his conclusion:
"There is no way to prevent people with particular agendas from misusing science to forward those agendas. But when I see legitimate science being misused to support oppressive ideas, I get sick to my stomach, and I can’t help commenting on how fallacious their so-called scientific ideas are."