January 20, 2007

Altemeyer on Authoritarianism

The other day Glenn Greenwald noted that Professor Robert Altemeyer, the social scientist John Dean consulted for his book, Conservatives Without Conscience, has written a book for laymen that discusses the research he's taken part in for more than 4 decades. Now, not only has he put together this great book, he's making it available on the web for everyone to read.

In his intro, he talks about why he felt it was important to provide this information to a very broad audience for free. As he notes, much of the study on authoritarianism has concentrated on the authoritarian followers, but not too many people have done much to understand what makes the authoritarian leaders tick. And he thinks it is crucial that our country understand these people and use the evidence and our knowledge of how they act to prevent their insiduous takeover of our country.

The book will be published on the web in 8 sections consisting of an intro and seven chapters:

  1. Who Are the Authoritarian Followers?
  2. The Roots of Authoritarian Aggression, and Authoritarianism Itself
  3. How Authoritarian Followers Think
  4. Authoritarian Followers and Religious Fundamentalism
  5. Authoritarian Leaders
  6. Authoritarianism and Politics
  7. What's To Be Done?

Here's the link to the intro (pdf) which he closes with the following:

Chapter 1 of this book, "Who Are the Authoritarian Followers?" will appear on this website on January 15, 2007. A chapter a week will be added thereafter, until all seven chapters are present. They will then remain here for at least a year.

Chapter 1 (pdf) is now available on the web.
Chapter 2 (pdf)
Chapter 3 (pdf)
Chapter 4 (pdf)
Chapter 5 (pdf)
Chapter 6 (pdf)
Chapter 7 (pdf)

What a great gift for us all. It is my profound belief that understanding what makes people tick is one of the crucial things we much know if we are to ever save humanity from the scourge of global warming and this work will provide an essential piece of that puzzle.

Update: I plan to add new chapters as they become available.

Posted by Mary at January 20, 2007 11:58 AM | Recommended Reading | Technorati links |
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FRENCH ELECTIONS
When young Le Pen collaborated with some nazi organization during ww2. Meanwhile many things watered. Le Pen is becoming popualar thru his age. His ideas dont appear so anti-eloquent

Le Pen and his Dobermen

The chairman of "Front Nationale" renewly candidates at the presidential vote in France


The way of Jean-Marie Le Pen leads thru an imposing wrought-iron gate with light-barrier and secret-code. It seperates the exterior world from the noble estate on the hills westward of Paris. Here, in Parc Montretout with its millionaires mansions and their guaranteed free view on the Eiffel tower, Le Pen occupied his HQ thirty years ago.
Two mistrustingly grunting dobermen are company en route to the well-built (impressive) mansion, that is told to be 900 square meters large. Like a civic manifestation is the (interior) furniture: An oil-paint-portrait of the young sergeant Le Pen in bright parade-uniform, on a sideboard is the bible. Though Le Pen is divorced he keeps up family values. Daughter Marine, Le Pens possible successor at the top of the party, lives in the administrators house on daddys ground.
Hes a reasonable Patriarch, le monsieur Le Pen, is the msg of the salon for visittors. The chairman of front nationale welcomes his guests timely and affable, excuses for fear of the dog, heŽd likeŽem, his dobermen. For months ahead of the presidential vote Le Pen prescribed an election campaign of respectability to himself, with what he tries to dissolve the anyway vanishing demonization of his party as "brown danger" for the French democracy. "Since fifty years I have regarded all democratic rules, I never trespassed" he says. His ideas have meanwhile been copied. Especially minister of the interior Sarkozy, who has recently been throwned as candidate for conservative UMP, has poached in his program. Le Pen gives himself credit for that "the original is better than the copy." He believes in his chances to repeat the success of 2002 and get into the second round of the presidential vote. Recent polls prove that every fourth French shares the views of Le Pen, only to every third his views remain inacceptable. Ten years ago more than half of all French rejected his philosophy strictly.
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 14-1-7

Posted by: ccokz at January 20, 2007 05:14 PM

Pakistan is currently promoting Taliban

Posted by: ccokz at January 21, 2007 05:02 AM