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Letter: Commissioner's connections between privilege, Marxism erroneous

I wish to assist Commissioner Rothschild with his penchant for fallacious reasoning, which has helped him to erroneously conclude a connection between white privilege and both nationalistic racism and now Marxism in his last column. While the commissioner has clearly demonstrated a keen, some might even say "hauntingly eerie" understanding of both nationalist white supremacy and Marxism, once again, he has failed miserably to prove his conclusion that either is connected in any way to the origins of the white privilege movement.

Sadly, this is not at all surprising, as neither holds any causal connection. We've been down this road with Commissioner Rothschild before. Remember he was convinced that because the United Nations and the State of Maryland's planning documents used similar language like "sustainability and climate change," that the State must be colluding with the U.N. on the development of Maryland's first master plan.

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This is really the same thing all over again. Similarities in themselves do not prove causal connections. Here's some obvious examples: Just because Donald Trump stirs up ugly nationalist behavior and is supported by white supremacists, does not (necessarily) make him a fascist. Or just because Trump fired his FBI Director and suggested that he may own White House tapes, just like brought down Nixon, does not mean that the Russian investigation of our election tampering will be Watergate all over again.

Perhaps just one more example, for the commissioner, so he understands this important type of reasoning fallacy. Just because the Founding Fathers used the word God and referred often to rights sometimes even as emanating from God, does not mean that they were Christian, nor that they supported a Christian state, as Commissioner Rothschild and his cronies have so often opined. In fact, the overwhelming majority of scholars agree that most of our Founding Fathers, like others who fled religious persecution in Europe, were indeed not Christian, certainly not fundamentalists, but definitely not supportive of state sponsored religion.

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If I were a teacher, I would be forced to give Commissioner Rothschild an "F" in Debate, but an "A" in Fascist and Marxist history. Keep up the fine work Commissioner, maybe put a little more effort into issues that really affect us here in Carroll County and less into tilting at windmills.

Ross Dangel

Sykesville

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