From 1978 to 1997, James Burke hosted a marvelous series of TV programs on technological development called Connections. Its thesis was:
We need a new series called "Disconnections," which would highlight the unsettling fact that many of America's elite seem to have little concept of cause and effect in the real world, and that their collective ignorance is capable of doing great damage.
The assault on pharmaceutical research is a good example. From Shrinkwrapped: