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Socialist and Marxist Studies Series at U. Maine Targets ‘Conservative Elites’

Socialist and Marxist Studies Series at U. Maine Targets ‘Conservative Elites’

“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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Comments

Independent thought and an individual’s ability to draw conclusions really is an anathema to them. No one is an individual. They are exclusively a part of groups.

ultraskeptic | March 12, 2021 at 9:22 am

Yep, we conservatives strongly support free speech. Except when we don’t, like when people say things we don’t like. Especially if those things suggest criticism of our behaviors and our expressed values, though we certainly intend to retain the freedom to criticize those whose behaviors and values we dispute. Free speech should be limited to only those perspectives we agree with. Right?

    Wrong. Every thing you just typed is wrong. The crucial difference? Neither of our comments were paid for by taxes stolen at gunpoint.

Draft Driver | March 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm

The concept of conservatives driving distrust of the government is pretty rich smelling horse hockey coming after four years of “resistance” and “not MY president” from the left.

They are advertising this garbage on the radio here. Hard to believe people would actually pay to listen to this BS. Further confirmation that my dropping out of the University of Maine and going to a trade school was a wise choice.

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