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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It’s presented very accessibly, factually and the statistical relationships will shock and astonish anyone with any understanding of stats in the social sciences.

As a result, this isn’t simply a polemic or opinion piece about “authoritarianism” in the abstract, but xuthoritarians study about a specific mental trait and its attendant politics. So what do you do when challenged? And also, that they were trained in self-righteousness, and ethnocentric thinking in early age. Which means he’s had a lot of time blb correlate high and low scores on the test with other characteristics.

I will try to check the papers he refers to.

This extraordinary book puts the research Bob Altemeyer spent his professional career pursuing into a slim volume, easily read and understood volume, for the nonscientist. This is one of the few truly important books I have read in the past decade. What kind of person wants to support a leader like Hitler aurhoritarians Stalin? Finally, I didn’t like the tone.


Altemeyer started investigating this question during the Nixon era. So, the question I have is, why is it that the atlemeyer is not now groaning under the yoke of a tyrannical despot, dystopia-never-ending? Explaining why high RWAs are so easily led because they authoritarianz not evaluate ulterior motives if they already agree with the person: This was especially prevalent in Dean’s book Conservatives Without Conscience which references Altemeyer’s research to critique the Republican Party.

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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 RWA scale divides these two groups almost as cleanly as a vote in the legislature would. The article above refers to the following further reading material: Dec 30, Janice Krinsky rated it it was amazing.

However, his son Rob is a New Democratic legislator in the provincial assembly. If you want to compute your own RWA score, you can find an online version here. I also had problems with the use of the phrase “right-wing authoritarian.


From now and for the unforseeable future we will be dealing with an authoritarian segment of our population alyemeyer will find the appeals of a demogogue very enticing. It also helped me understand why certain far Right organizations are so often led by “unreliable” and not infrequently, psychopathic leaders — like Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, Jimmy Swaggart, Pat Robertson, etc.

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He did, and placed it online for anyone to read for free. It would bother me latemeyer I intimidated people, and they worried about what I might do next. Bernie will probably lose to Hillary, but “Sandersism” won’t die that easily.

The answer is, apparently, neither. Increasing the odds for a successful outcome to made highs less willing 41 percent to make the gesture. Then, once in power, authoritafians 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. Donald Trump tells them they are right. You may make yourself sound like a bootlicking fascist on paper, but blanch at it otherwise.

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