Farhad Manjoo in his July 7, 2016 column in the New York Times (ow.ly/prsT100dEeu) laments the state of reason and science in the way Americans govern themselves. Although he doesn't state it as such, we do indeed govern ourselves by 18th-Century principles and institutions. Other nations, especially the European Community, have progressed way beyond what we do in America.
However, they, too, have not come close to reaching their potential. What is needed is a new social ethos and set of public values in which an enhanced respect for reason and science is a component.
The Action Manual lays out the role of reason and science in a 21st-Century America. Check out Chapter 6, especially, for a detailed explanation.