"In Oceania at the present day, Science, in the old sense, has almost ceased to exist. In Newspeak there is no word for 'Science.' The empirical method of thought, on which all the scientific achievements of the past were founded, is opposed to the most fundamental principles of Ingsoc."
On the one hand, you can understand - most of the Government's spending
is for war and shitty politicians that want to use 100 dollar bills as toilet paper.
On the other hand, you don't want greedy corporations controlling the country..
ahm... that would be, a nightmare reality.. yeah.