The failure of government schools, the politicizing of science to meet social agendas and reduction in prosperity may put the world on the precipice of a new Dark Age. The previous Dark Age in which superstione controlled society instead of science resulted in 600 years of stagnation.
There is much handwringing that the educational system in America fails to produce engineers and other scientist. It should not surprise anyone that oppressive governments do not want a population with critical thinking skills. The unforeseen consequences in producing a more pliable, easily controlled population for their purposes will create a populace that can be controlled by darker forces.
Upon the collapse of the worldwide economy due to the scientists who have been complicit in providing fraudulent data to support a political agenda(global warming),will give extreme religious fundamentalism an additional foothold. As the climate hoax is exposed by reality there will be a general distrust in any scientific inquiry and allow religious zealotry to expand. Unfortunately, the exposing of the climate lies will not occur in time to prevent deindustrialization, creating vast poverty which will push society farther into the belief that one’s misery is the result of scientific conclusions that were purposely falsified. Because of these lies perpetrated on a pliable populace religious fundamentalists can easily sell their dogma that one cannot trust science in the pursuit of truth. Truth can therefore only be found in religious belief whether it be Islamic, Christian, Jewish or Gaian superstition.
The last Dark Age lasted nearly 600 years resulting in stagnation of humankind and lost knowledge that took centuries to rediscover. There are no institutions that have lasted as long as Religions that have delivered so little to the betterment of the species. Hopefully the new Dark Age will not extend human misery and stagnation as long the last one.