“Although distrust of authority is deeply rooted in American culture, it is fueled by conservative elites who benefit from it.”
What we have here is an event that demonizes conservatives, which is presented as an academic pursuit.
Campus Reform reports:
UMaine ‘Socialist and Marxist Studies Series’ targets ‘conservative elites’
The University of Maine is hosting a “Socialist and Marxist Studies” speaker series during the spring semester.
The speaker series, sponsored by the Marxist and socialist studies minor at the University of Maine, lists several lecture events as part of the series, such as “Carbon Dividends as Universal Property,” “Moral, Philosophical, and Spiritual Nonviolence and Socialism in 2021,” “At War With Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust From Goldwater To Trump,” and more.
The event is co-sponsored by multiple campus departments, as well as the Maine Peace Action Committee, which is a campus organization that supports “nonviolent resistance.”
One event, “At War With Government: How Conservatives Weaponized Distrust From Goldwater To Trump,” blames the “conservative elites” for “distrust of authority” among American citizens.
“Americans’ trust in government has fallen dramatically since the 1950s to historically low levels. Fried argues this trend is not an inadvertent byproduct of other developments,” the webpage states. “Although distrust of authority is deeply rooted in American culture, it is fueled by conservative elites who benefit from it. Since the postwar era, conservative leaders have deliberately and strategically undermined faith in the political system for partisan aims. Distrustful efforts have often employed messages about immigrants and black and brown people.”
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