The Authoritarian Specter

  • Title: The Authoritarian Specter
  • Author: Bob Altemeyer
  • ISBN: 9780674053052
  • Page: 475
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Authoritarian Specter The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City the emergence of militias and skinheads the rise of the religious right the attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics the backlash against equal ri
    The bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the emergence of militias and skinheads, the rise of the religious right, the attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics, the backlash against equal rights movements, the increase in povertyese, according to Bob Altemeyer, are all versions of one storythe authoritarian personality in action But aren t authoritarians NaThe bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the emergence of militias and skinheads, the rise of the religious right, the attacks on Planned Parenthood clinics, the backlash against equal rights movements, the increase in povertyese, according to Bob Altemeyer, are all versions of one story the authoritarian personality in action But aren t authoritarians Nazi types, kooks, the Klan These are just the extreme examples, he argues The Authoritarian Specter shows that many ordinary people today are psychologically disposed to embrace antidemocratic, fascist policies.The book presents the latest results from a prize winning research program on the authoritarian personality a victory for the scientific method in the struggle to understand the worst aspects of ourselves It connects for the first time the many ways authoritarianism undermines democracy Many of our biggest problems, seemingly unrelated, have authoritarian roots The scientific studies demonstrating this are extensive and thorough their powerful findings are presented in a conversational, clear manner that engages readers from all backgrounds.This is an important, timely work It explains a growing movement to submit to a man on horseback, to attack those who are different, to march in lockstep Altemeyer reveals that these sentiments are strongly held even by many American lawmakers These discoveries deserve careful attention in a presidential election year.

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    About Bob Altemeyer


    1. Robert Bob Altemeyer is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba Born in St Louis, he earned a B.S at Yale University in 1962 and a Ph.D at Carnegie Mellon in 1966.He has written extensively on authoritarianism and refined the theory into the concept and measure of Right Wing Authoritarianism His first book, Right Wing Authoritarianism, was published in 1981 and reports the results of fifteen years of research on the pre Fascist personality in North American society.


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    1. This book though nearly 20 years old is a must read for today. There is a lot of statistical math in it that I have forgotten how to use, but the writing is very engaging and it's easy to "read around" the math. Altemeyer has demonstrated in hard facts that the authoritarian personality is not unusual. Our current events back up his findings.

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