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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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 authorritarians of Uncle Sam.

Reading it I no longer get so angry in discussions with my friends on the right who I have split between simply uninformed and willfully partisan uninformed I still practice my written and verbal skills on the willful group but don’t get frustrated at how easily they ignore facts.

The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer

It happens when the followers submit too much to the leaders, trust them too much, and give them too much leeway to do whatever they want–which is often something undemocratic, tyrannical and brutal. He did, and placed it online for anyone to read for free. Altemeyer chronicles the ways that followers compar This was one of the most influential books I have read in a long time. Clearly, a refusal to belive in evolution or other scientific theories may be contentious, as are various political beliefs a surprising number of members of the religious right apparently think that WMDs actually were found in Iraq.

Nov 30, Patrick rated it it was amazing. A quick search on Google Scholar shows he’s widely cited; this guy is not a crank.

Now, it’s my country, my democracy that is under direct attack by Double High Religious Right-wingers who — incidentally — have been insidiously, directly, deliberately advised by GW Bush strategists.

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. And really short people. Altemeyer describes the three most important aspects of right-wing authoritarianism as follows:.


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They are difficult to rationalize with, are capable of compartmentalizing and believing often opposing and hypocritical positions, and stick with those they believe are reliable authority even when they are shown to be wrong. Altemeyer is a brilliant psychologist who has done real experiments; I think he knows what xltemeyer talking about.

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Doing it in the status updates seems cumbersome. Louis who had done his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Bob is also a keen student of American politics. Typical questions look like these: Feminists usually come in second in my studies, but way behind the religious fundamentalists, and one finds far, athoritarians fewer of them.

Don’t make me laugh. Being a liberal like Altemeyer is, I engage in introspection and I am afraid of my own role in this.

An audiobook version is also available. Humor me, gentle reader. Does this guy not understand that bowing is authorotarians act of great cultural significance in much of the world? The reason I enjoyed this book as much as I did was that it dealt with the difference between a leader and a follower in authoritarian circles.

I will try to check the papers authorirarians refers to. Altemeyer claims that his RWA scale has a high predictive value, and if you want to find out your own RWA-coefficient you can take an online test here.

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But Trump will blame others, and his supporters will give him the benefit of the doubt more than most people will. Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

I’m a bit torn. People worried by the religious right. Unless explicitly noted otherwise, all content licensed as indicated by RationalWiki: Those studies have a direct bearing on all the topics mentioned above.

Although one’s first impression is that the personality types associated with high RWA and high Social Dominance are completely dissimilar, Altermeyer was surprised to discover that the intersection of the two groups does contain a small group, whom he calls Double Highs.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. He presents evidence supporting his claim that these people have, on average, substantially impaired abilities to follow logical or fact-based reasoning. What kind of person wants to support a leader like Hitler or Stalin?

These are people he described in earlier works as Right Wing Authoritariansand Enemies of Freedom. Authoritarian individuals are inflexible, hypocritical, self-righteous, prejudiced, aggressive and closed to new information and ideas But they’ll support disc First things first, if you haven’t yet read this book you need to read it, or at least you need to read Manny’s excellent summary of this book’s contents.

Retrieved from ” https: I have been studying and attempting to understand the evangelical mindset for a long time. The answer is, apparently, neither. bog

Leader diktats and social pressure both discourage both independence and dissent; and RWAs frequently demonize outgroups as a further incentive to obedience to the social order. Sep 14, Sally rated it it was amazing.

In fact, almost all of the research takes place in the US or Canada, which makes me wonder how much it can be generalized to the rest of the world.

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This isn’t about “right vs left” or “conservative vs. It seems like the same personality because they profess to believe the same things, but they aren’t the same types of people. The principles of democracy that Americans claim to love should trump political affiliation. He’s not a clinical or personality psychologist, so Authoritariajs forgive him. The Secret Presidency of George W. Humans only use reason and logic as a last resort and at extreme difficulty, and we constantly resort to well-worn mental heuristics if they even remotely come close to fitting the situation.

Being in a cohesive crowd at rallies thrills them because they authoritariana tell one another, just authorifarians being there, that they are powerful and right.

Therefore, sharks are fish. D at Carnegie-Mellon in