A letter to the editor from a retired professor

With the rise of the far-right and radical-right, we have not only been experiencing the growth of “Survival-of-the-Fittest” Social Darwinist ideology in today’s Republican Party (especially in the U.S. Congress) featuring their desire not only to cut and spending on all of the federal government social programs that help the middle and lower classes (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, College Student Loans), but we also get their growing cold-hearted desire to abolish all of them which they try to keep a secret from the American people as authors Jane Mayer and Nancy MacLean have well-documented by pointing out “Bad Faith.” They are joined in these practices by the national conservative news media and conservative “think-tanks” which are basically right-wing propaganda mills/factories.

After we successfully pull through this pandemic crisis, we can expect all of the above to set their sights in 2021 on going after the major federal government social programs especially Social Security (which they have always disliked the most) in their desire to make major cuts to them.


Stewart B. Epstein

Stewart B. Epstein’s opinions are his own. He now resides in Rochester, New York and has taught at West Virginia University, Slippery Rock University, and Keuka College.