So it comes down to this. Two fierce competitors. Toe to toe. Science vs. politics. Actually, it's more like a tag-team event – science partnering with philosophy in one corner and politics and big business together occupying the other. It has all the makings of a classic confrontation, filled with enough drama and intrigue to leave you guessing the outcome right up until the very end. 

Who'll win the 2012 War for a Uniform Fiduciary Standard?

I'm too jaded to even speculate, but allow me to at least report on the goings-on of science and philosophy whilst the industry (rather successfully) played its lobbyist games in Washington. The industry took advantage of a poorly played gambit by the SEC in early 2011 to lay the foundation of a political argument that would eventually carry the day, or at least last summer.

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