Self-interested nepotistic shittebagges constantly assert this parade of horribles that if we don’t fund the right subset of scientists in today’s tight scientific funding environment (coincidentally them, their friends, their trainees, and their family members), then we are going to destroy scientific progress. This is because they are delusional about how scientific progress works, and think it depends on their individual magical wagical snowflake “genius”, as opposed to funders throwing money at particular areas of inquiry and ensuring that reasonable numbers of reasonably competent scientists work on the shitte. If “geniuses” like Watson & Crick didn’t figure out the double helix when they did, does anyone really doubt that some other schlubs would have within a short period of time anyway? Crispr/Cas would still be unknown if Doudna had no funds to study bacterial immune systems, but some other schlubs did?
The danger with tight scientific funding isn’t that some particular magical genius won’t get funding to pursue his magical vision. Rather, the two-fold dangers are (1) that no one gets funded to pursue various important lines of inquiry and (2) that the uncertainty of funding drives reasonably competent scientists out of the system and there is no one available to pursue various important lines of inquiry. But it is laughably absurd to think the concern is that the “wrong people” (always “not meeeeee”) are getting the limited funds.