Letter to the Editor: From Stewart B. Epstein

Retired professor Stewart B. Epstein writes a letter to the editors of The Ram Page

By Stewart B. Epstein
On November 12, 2020

Professor Stewart B. Epstein.

 

What insults my intelligence the most about many (not all) of today's political "Conservatives" is how many of them try to hide the facts that they are extreme and radical-libertarians and that they are also what I refer to as "Survival-of-the-Fittest" Social Darwinists.

That means that they would love to abolish (not just cut and reduce) every single federal government social program that helps the poor, the near-poor, the lower classes and the middle classes---especially Social Security which is the one that they hate the most. I want them to know that while you can fool most of the people most of the time, you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. But I do give you a lot of credit for having many Americans fooled, including most of your fellow conservatives who are not Social Darwinists like you all are.

Recent research showed that 63% of American Republican voters do NOT want Social Security Retirement benefits to be cut/reduced.

For verification of the themes of my submission, please read the award-winning book which was written by the 12-time award-winning and prize-winning journalist Jane Mayer which is titled " Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires being the rise of the Radical Right."

It is my understanding that no one has ever been able to successfully refute anything that she states in her book, including the major subjects of the book.

In her book, Jane Mayer states that some of the major subjects of her book hired private investigative firms to try to find and dig up some "dirt" on her as a way to try to discredit her and her book. After finding none and after she went public about this, they suddenly stopped.

For further verification of the major points made in my submission, please read the book which was written by Nancy MacLean titled "Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right’s stealth Plan for America."

Both of these books emphasize that many of these far-right-wing and radical right-wing conservatives use "stealth tactics." This means that they will do things like tell lies, make things up, overly-exaggerate, twist and distort research findings, because they believe that the ends justify the means no matter how unethical and immoral the means might be. As Mayer points out, they are encouraged to use stealth tactics by the big donors and contributors and to hide their true motives and intentions and goals from the public. While liberals and progressives sometimes use stealth tactics, it is not anywhere close to being as much as conservatives do.

They make much use of conservative "think-tanks" to spread their false, fake, and phony propaganda to try to brainwash the American people. Their think-tanks are basically right-wing propaganda mills and factories which they disguise as being objective, scientific, and unbiased research "institutes." They like to give them names which sound patriotic. This is part of how they try to deceive the public. Close to 100% of their well-paid so-called "scholars" are committed conservatives. They know what their employers and funders expect of them, and they give them what they want. If you look up "conservative think-tanks" and "liberal/progressive" think-tanks, you will notice how many more conservative ones than there are liberal ones. Yet conservatives always complain about how they are out-numbered. They are not. A great deal of what Americans hear on the evening news programs came to the programs directly from conservative think-tanks.

Most Americans do not know that, as Mayer points out, many Senators and Congress people received a lot of campaign contributions from these Social Darwinist billionaires. Thus, they are much more conservative than the everyday Republican citizens, and they vote accordingly because they don't want to lose their big campaign contributions.

The problem that I have with many of these Social Darwinist conservatives is that they operate out of "bad faith." It is not possible for me to disagree respectfully with people who believe that the ends justify the use of any and all immoral and unethical means. It is like trying to fight with one arm tied behind your back. You are at a huge disadvantage. I cannot respect people who use stealth tactics. They are scamming and playing the American people, and they need to be exposed.

 

Sincerely,

Stewart B. Epstein

 

Stewart Epstein is a retired college professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology who still enjoys informing, teaching, and educating people. His opinions are his own and do not represent the opinions of The Ram Page or The Ram Page editorial staff. Epstein taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University and SUNY-Brockport. He may be reached at phenom51@mail.com or at (585)-594-0610.

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