Science is only ever important to them if it is engineered in a manner to create death and destruction or maximum profitability. When it comes to humans and the Earth, we are nothing but a workforce for the extraction of resources.
Shouldn’t the citizens be that higher authority? Isn’t that who the government answers too? It has been a while since I was in school, and that TBI from the war scrambled my brain, but I am pretty sure that is how it was supposed to go.