False consciousness

STEWART EPSTEIN

Rochester, N.Y.

The concept of “false consciousness” (a way of thinking that prevents a person from perceiving how their society works) appears to be rampant all over the planet relative to how popular right-wing populism has become and how people have been suckered into falling for this nonsense. It is as if people who look different from “us” are what’s wrong in the world as opposed to what I believe is really wrong in the world: The grossly unequal distribution of income, wealth and power.

It amazes me how people in our country are given a basically free public school education through high school and yet turn out to be so unaware of who really has their best interests at heart and who does not — as well as what is going on politically in our country. The top 1 to 5 percent run the country and manipulate the rest of us into believing that what is in their economic self-interest is also best for the rest of us.

Even the so-called liberal-progressive news media types (CNN and MSNBC) fall for this as they are obsessed with Trump-bashing and ignore the economic struggles and problems of the lower and middle classes to survive and pay their bills.

The truth is that a lower- or middle-class American voting for a conservative Republican is like a chicken voting for Col. Sanders.

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