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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What first starts off as unthinkable rapidly becomes the thinkable once a tipping point is reached. Maybe then I wouldn’t have felt quite like I was reading a screed even though I often agreed with it.

Some will, if their personal experience shows them Trump has misled them or caused them grief, such as a loss of medical coverage. His first book, Right-Wing Authoritarianismwas published in and reports the results of fifteen years of research on the ‘pre-Fascist personality’ in North American society.

The big problem, I’ve noted, is that all this is still self-reported behavior. Dec 30, Janice Krinsky rated it it was amazing. One of the most useful skills a person should develop is how to look someone straight in the eye and lie convincingly. And the list of associated personality traits is appalling, both in itself and because it matches our preconceptions so exactly: It took many months for Americans to stop supporting President Nixon during Watergate, and even at the end he could count on a hard knot of supporters who would believe him, as he said to [his chief of staff] H.

He describes some nice experiments with multi-player role playing games, where Double Highs do indeed rush to seize power in exactly the way his theory predicts, often using underhand methods. The style is actually rather well done and engaging. It reminds me of discussing abortion with a couple of people close to me recently. They severely limit their sources of information. If I may paraphrase Chomsky: Meanwhile, the non-authoritarian group was able to pull together and solve or at least mitigate most every difficulty that came there way.


Altemeyer’s been doing research on the subject since the s, and publishing his results since the s. It’s power and domination at all costs.

And if you anticipate a close election in auhtoritarians, these people are worth pursuing. When I started writing about these authoritarian personalities inI was looking for an explanation of the people who had taken charge of the Republican Party. Altemeyer chronicles the ways that followers compartmentalize their thinking to avoid the obvious flaws in their reasoning.

Jun 11, notgettingenough rated it did not like it Shelves: Typical questions on the Religious Fundamentalism scale look aufhoritarians the following: Leader diktats and social pressure both discourage both independence and dissent; and RWAs frequently demonize outgroups auyhoritarians a further incentive to obedience to the social order.

Then, alteemyer in power, the followers are so willing to believe anything that their leaders say that they’ll paper over even blatant contradictions using the awesome power of cognitive dissonance. This book, “The Authoritarians” is the resulting synopsis of his research that John Dean relied on. You can find an online version of the Religious Fundamentalism test here.

When an unpleasant truth forces its way into their awareness, they do not try to integrate the other things they believe with it. The book was instead made available authoritadians home. But it’s nice to have it confirmed with empirical data. It correlates well with other ways of testing submission to established authority and also with tendency to xenophobia and bigotry.

The Authoritarians

authoritariaans Altemeyer started investigating this question during the Nixon era. The greater an authoritarian i. I suppose that if you put together a personality test that picks out jerks, it’s not surprising that the people it picks out ar This book was totally appalling.

The key differences between authoritarian despots and their followers: Leaders tend to be aggressive and individualistic, while followers tend towards a somewhat fatalistic but principled acceptance of their own status as cogs in a machine, generally condemning those not seen to be in conformance with the leaders’ wishes. This book is authotitarians “beach read” version of Altemeyer’s other work, and is a great introduction to some heavy sociological stuff while also being suitable for reading on the sly at work when your boss isn’t looking Our country needs free thinkers who have the courage to defy traditional ways, even if this upsets many people.


Louis who had done his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Bob is also a keen student of American politics.

The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer

I kept thinking to myself that there must be something wrong with me, that all these people, elected by so many people, with important altsmeyer, apparently smart men and women, couldn’t be taking those positions unless there was some validity behind them. Jul 24, Lithodid-man rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 16, Peter Mcloughlin rated it it was amazing Shelves: By dogmatism I mean relatively athoritarians, unjustified certainty. Of course, Altemeyer was preaching to the converted on this point.

And that’s pretty worrying. Then, once in power, the followers are so I’m not exactly sure what it was that didn’t catch me about this book. So I’ll draw the line there. Most interestingly, the RWA score correlates very well with fundamentalist religious beliefs.

Open Preview See a Problem? Through careful scientific observation and experimental methodology, Bob Altemeyer has systematically studied and laid bare the faulty thinking that followers of authoritarian leaders employ when abdicating responsibility for their own thoughts and actions.