BOB ALTEMEYER THE AUTHORITARIANS PDF

When writing my book Conservatives Without Conscience Penguin, about the authoritarianism that was gaining influence in the Republican Party in the early s, I read most everything that social scientists had to say about folks with such dispositions. No one has done more ground-breaking work in testing the nature of these people than this professor, who was then at the University of Manitoba in Canada. A native of St. Louis who had done his graduate work at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Bob is also a keen student of American politics. Indeed, his son is in the business in Canada, and a member of the Manitoba Legislature.

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Robert "Bob" J. Altemeyer is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba. Altemeyer is best known for a long-term self-funded study into what he terms " right-wing authoritarianism " RWA and builds heavily on the work of Theodor Adorno and others who studied authoritarian movements in the 20th century. Although Altemeyer takes most of his examples from U. The "right-wing" in the term essentially identifies a mindset, a sort of hyperpaternalistic world-view with an emphasis on stratification between leaders and followers and a definite concept of a "chain of being", as well as a generally high level of dogmatic thinking.

RWAs are not necessarily low in intelligence, but are often quick to grab on to any evidence that supports their beliefs no matter how tenuous — compartmentalized thinking is common.

Altemeyer describes the three most important aspects of right-wing authoritarianism as follows:. Altemeyer divides RWAs into leaders and 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.

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. Further research — including experiments involving a nation sim, the Global Change Game GCC [3] showed RWAs to be more possessive and more likely to attempt to solve problems by starting turf wars with perceived competitors in the case of one GCG experiment, causing an all-out nuclear war on the first runthrough and creating a global resource crisis leading to mass famine when given a mulligan.

In The Authoritarians , Altemeyer identifies himself only as a political anti-authoritarian, rather than a left-winger. However, his son Rob is a former New Democratic legislator in the provincial assembly. Altemeyer has become something of a target for right-wing pseudo intellectuals who claim that he's persecuting them for calling his theory "right-wing authoritarianism", even though the term "right-wing" is being used in an academic sense as opposed to a purely political one.

Likewise, a left-winger may use the term to pretend as if his research only applies to the political right even though it can apply to any side of the political spectrum. However not all conservatives who know who he is hate Altemeyer; former White House Counsel for Richard Nixon and Goldwater conservative John Dean has praised and referenced Altemeyer's research numerous times to critique the Religious Right.

This was especially prevalent in Dean's book Conservatives Without Conscience which references Altemeyer's research to critique the Republican Party. Apparently Barry Goldwater himself planned on co-writing such a book with Dean, but unfortunately he died before he could.

In turn, Altemeyer praised Dean in the opening of Altemeyer's book The Authoritarians , going so far as to call him "Honest John" and saying that he was the primary reason he wrote The Authoritarians. Jump to: navigation , search. Tell me about your mother Psychology For our next session Cognitive biases Mental health Superstition Famed psychologists Popping into your mind Birth order Bystander effect Crockus Natural horsemanship Neutralization Personality cult Stanford prison experiment Variable ratio v - t - e.

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Robert "Bob" J. Altemeyer is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba. Altemeyer is best known for a long-term self-funded study into what he terms " right-wing authoritarianism " RWA and builds heavily on the work of Theodor Adorno and others who studied authoritarian movements in the 20th century. Although Altemeyer takes most of his examples from U. The "right-wing" in the term essentially identifies a mindset, a sort of hyperpaternalistic world-view with an emphasis on stratification between leaders and followers and a definite concept of a "chain of being", as well as a generally high level of dogmatic thinking. RWAs are not necessarily low in intelligence, but are often quick to grab on to any evidence that supports their beliefs no matter how tenuous — compartmentalized thinking is common. Altemeyer describes the three most important aspects of right-wing authoritarianism as follows:.

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This website places at your disposal a free ebook entitled The Authoritarians. I wrote this book in when a great deal seemed to be going wrong in America, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. The book is set in that era, but you will have no trouble finding present-day examples of what the experiments found back then. Many people, including I, have labeled Donald Trump an authoritarian leader. But they are honestly baffled by the loyalty of his followers.

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