Ignoring all the politicians, businessmen and artists trivializes civilizations development quite a bit.
Also, science and technology is morally and politically impartial. Note that saying increased knowledge or productivity 'is good' is again a value statement.
Yeah, I think so too but that's just my position - but this is not a mathematical truth but a political position that requires constant backing up.
The point that this requires constant backing up in adiscussion (and that that's the way it should be) and not considering people with different values and priorities as 'being wrong' was the whole point of this thread.