Monday, March 05, 2007

Understanding The Authoritarian Mentality

Here is a really fine e-book called “The Authoritarians” written by Bob Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba. Although I think he is wrong to ignore/dismiss post-Freudian analysis of the authoritarian personality and its causes, for example Wilhelm Reich, Eric Fromm or Alice Miller, I think his book is the best yet for obtaining an understanding of these problems, so evident in an era dominated by far-right authoritarians. Indeed, I think his work can be used in complementary fashion with these other psychologists. Altemeyer distinguishes two types of authoritarians, Dominators and Right-wing Authoritarians, the former as the leaders and the latter as the followers. But let the author explain, see


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