Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Link to The Authoritarians, by Bob Altemeyer

Here’s a link to the home page for

The Authoritarians, a book by Bob Altemeyer It’s a look at the psychology of Authoritarian followers and their leaders. Recommended as Authoritarians pose a danger to the liberty of the rest of us.

A quote:
“...Psychologically these followers have personalities featuring:
1) a high degree of submission to the established, legitimate authorities in their society;
2) high levels of aggression in the name of their authorities; and
3) a high level of conventionalism.
Because the submission occurs to traditional authority, I call these followers rightwing

It’s available as a (free) downloadable PDF. Haven’t read it all yet. So far well worth the read. Also available as a PDF is Comment on the Tea Party Movement. Which I have read, and also recommend.

I’d like to thank ScottS for his August 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm comment and link at "Naked Capitalism" on the Sunday, August 28, 2011 article:

"Matt Stoller: Power Politics – What Eric Schneiderman Reveals About Obama."

But See also attempter’s reply, for a view on Altemeyer’s own inclinations. As always, one is reminded that this kind of writing stands or falls on its own merits, that is, how closely it describes reality, what ever that is.

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