The Authoritarians [Bob Altemeyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer. Click here to order a printed, bound copy of The Authoritarians from for $ plus shipping. Bob Altemeyer has a new book out, Sex and Youth $ Robert Anthony “Bob” Altemeyer (born 6 June ) is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He produced the test and scale for ” RWA” or right-wing authoritarianism.

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This is straightforwardly hilarious in that context: Sep 22, Matt Fimbulwinter rated it really liked it Shelves: Some other factors worth considering could be these: They’re usually good people and good friends. In fact, I wish every American would read it, as it is so relevant to the current political and social climate in the United States. Community Saloon bar To do list What is going on? If you’re at all worried by the American religious right, you might want to download his book and check him out.

Written inis a scary read in the context of today US elections. Whenever science and sacred scripture conflict, science is probably right. However, his son Rob is a New Democratic legislator in the provincial assembly. Yes, experiments show they are almost totally uninfluenced by reasoning and evidence, but why are they so dogmatic?

So what do you do when challenged? Taken as a whole, the traits and tendencies are pretty terrifying. I can accept that if you live in America or Canada, left-wing authoritarians are really only a problem in the paranoid fantasies of the far right, but this still seems imprecise. Some of the connections Altemeyer talks about seem pretty obvious.

Donald Trump tells them they are right.

Then, once in power, the followers are so I’m not exactly sure what it was that didn’t catch me about this book. I will try to check the papers he refers to. I suppose that if you put together a personality test that picks out jerks, it’s not surprising that the people it picks out are jerks. These are people he described in earlier works as Right Wing Authoritariansand Enemies of Freedom. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Altemeyer has presented a very engaging yet thorough analysis of his research into authoritarian personalities.

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And I really believe I’m a better person for it. A fifth of our society is crazy: The only thing we can do is vote them out. Altemmeyer together, he is essentially threatening political retaliation for voting against him.

That is the Harry Potter authoritarian. How do people get this way? The willingness of authoritarian leaders to manipulate and connive their way into power, combined with authoritarian followers’ willingness to accept those who profess to hold beliefs similar to theirs, regardless of whether those people have obvious ulterior motives, has resulted in a Republican party that is dominated by autohritarians, intolerance and even belligerence toward outsiders, and a lack of concern for equality or due process.

Apparently Barry Goldwater himself planned on co-writing such a book with Dean, but unfortunately he died before he could. I’m authoirtarians not sure having an explanation for it is ultimately going to make me feel any better or make my brain less likely to authoritatians while engaged in these conversations, though.

First, I know the people this book describes.

The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer

Although Altemeyer applies this tradition to the worst elements of the Tea Party in an addenda, he notes that the name RWA is a misnomer, and judiciously notes that RWAs would just as easily kill in the name of Uncle Joe instead of Uncle Sam.

The current Arab Spring is perhaps one contemporary example thee that. Click here to order a printed, bound copy of The Authoritarians from Lulu.

But I would have liked a quick detour into the research on how being bullied turns one into a bully within the context of his “social dominance” construct. Jul 06, Ron rated autthoritarians it was amazing. He did, and placed it online authortarians anyone to read for free. If this turns out to be a durable trend for, say, a decade then it seems to be only a matter of luck and time before a double high wins the American elections for president. It’s a personality attribute I would call it a personality disorder that is difficult to overcome with logic, reason or any degree of critical thinking.


That is the very opposite of what this guy wants you to do. Since then a new administration has been obb, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, thee is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

I suppose that helps a bit in a book that’s essentially condemning a quarter of the population as unfit for democracy, but I would have preferred a more clinical tone.

The book is fascinating, highly entertaining and explains so much about what is wrong in the US. Leader diktats and social pressure both discourage both independence and dissent; and RWAs frequently demonize outgroups as a further incentive to altejeyer to the social order.

This is not a alhemeyer to be taken lightly. There is a quiz in the book that measures your authoritarian tendencies. But alhemeyer his references and reading some of the actual research show that, whatever else you may think, this is not sloppy science. See 1 question about The Authoritarians…. The flip side to the RWAs are the folks who tell them what to do – the Social Dominators, measured by a different test that another researcher has spent his career working on.

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