The Authoritarians [Bob Altemeyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer. Bob Altemeyer—author of Atheists and The Authoritarian Specter —gives a readable analysis of the nature of authoritarianism and its current impact on. 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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With that information in mind, from someone who may understand Trump supporters better than Trump does, it is clear that to prevail in andDemocrats must focus on getting sympathetic non-voters to the polls, and bring back into the fold the anti-Hillary folks, who suffered from Clinton exhaustion—voters who are clearly not right-wing authoritarians. The single biggest different between my life and the lives of my friends who are still high-RWA’s is that I got out of my bubble, met different kinds of people, exposed myself to different kinds of ideas and different ways of thinking.

The Authoritarian Specter Hardcover. On the positive side, he claims many other researchers have adopted his methods.

I would recommend anyone to read this, just like I suggest everyone read “Don’t think of an Elephant” May 24, Kevin rated it it was amazing Shelves: So what does this mean? He reminds me more than anything of Sarah Palin on a bad hair day. From alltemeyer and for authoritarinas unforseeable future we will be dealing with an authoritarian segment of our population which will find the appeals of a demogogue very enticing.

The Milgram experiments or the Stanford prison study. Feminists usually come in second in my studies, but way behind the religious fundamentalists, and one finds far, far fewer of them.

They create an echo chamber that reinforces the belief that all the good people think like they do.

Bob Altemeyer

Actions, as they say, speak louder than words, and it should–if you truly believe in the premise of the US as a free democratic nation–upset you enough for you to call and threaten your congressman and senator that you WILL vote against them at the next elections if they do not stop this.


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A quick search on Google Scholar shows he’s widely cited; this aughoritarians is not a crank. His sneering tone when he condescendingly shows us why science is better than religion is hardly endearing. Altemeyer started investigating this question during the Nixon era. Far be it for me to say that merely because something is a belligerent ranting diatribe, it doesn’t have merit.

Even if you are a registered Republican, this attack on the fundamentals of US democracy should upset you. They strongly support tough criminal penalties for crimes and activities of which they disapprove, but are forgiving when these acts are committed in support of a cherished belief. Conservatives Without Conscience Hardcover.

This page was last modified on 24 Novemberat Half of the last chapter of The Authoritarians is about the Milgram Experimentwhich is one of the most famous psychological experiments and also show how incredibly easy it is for the average person to fall back on familiar behavior patterns–“obey authority figures,” say–instead of really reasoning things out in some kind of impartial cost-benefit analysis or in the spirit of universal compassion.

I would tell my friends and neighbors it was a good law.

Taken together, he is essentially threatening political retaliation for voting against him. Somebody do the studies and see if any of these hunches is right. Maybe then I wouldn’t have felt quite like I was reading a screed even though I often agreed with it. May 30, Manny rated it really liked it Recommends it for: A native of Alteeyer.

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. The Liberals are gone. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The questions seem laughably transparent, and I am indeed a little surprised when Altemeyer says that the RWA score has a great deal of predictive value.

Authoritarian understands their aggr I spent a year and a half studying why politics in the US has become so divisive that one side no longer speaks meaningfully to the other. But I would have liked a quick detour into the research on bbo being bullied turns one into a bully within the context of his “social dominance” construct.


Then there are the small percentage of persons who combine the worst traits of both the authority-dependent followers and the social dominants: They compartmentalize their thinking and often express opinions that are internally inconsistent. It’s a problem I had with The Republican Brain authoritaruans, thought suthoritarians didn’t bother me there as much as it did here.

The Authoritarians

The experiment I found most convincing had him showing subjects the passages from the four Gospels describing the events of Easter Alltemeyer. Mar 20, Aaron rated it really liked it Shelves: Altemeyer divides RWAs into leaders and followers. Firstly, as Altemeyer himself notes, one condition that tends to lower the tendency towards authority-dependent traits, is a tyranny that preys on its own people.

They can’t altemdyer us down forever. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. These people tend to be highly religious, accepting of any authority, and prone to aggression against those who are not in their group.

There is science behind his conclusion, as the scales are repeatable, testable and relatively consistent in their results. Which means he’s had a lot of time to correlate high and low scores on the test with other characteristics. Altemeyer’s research and findings provide highly credible explanations.

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He demonstrates how angry they can get when questioned because they don’t really have answers to defend their illogical conclusions. The answer is, bbob, neither. I think the information here is valuable, but I don’t like the presentation. You may make yourself sound like a bootlicking fascist on paper, but blanch at it otherwise.