A fairly comprehensive response to a very common sophism among anti-science militants.
I think a distinction should be made among groups not following the science.
As we’ve seen with Covid, climate change, the war in Ukraine and nitrogen deposits, there are people actively resisting the policies. Partly because some nuts don’t understand or trust science, some people question authority (as they should), but also because some people fall for conspiracy theories or feel something is not quite right (tbh: I fall somewhere in between the latter three categories).
I can speak from personal experience that - although I embrace science - I feel huge resistance when coercion and silencing come into play. I know exactly where that comes from, as I grew up in a family where my voice was not accepted.