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    Tea Party Movement," in PDF.* Now, personally I believe that the problem with the teabaggers--as with any highly reactionary mass movement inflamed by rumblings in the collective unconscious (an antique notion I realize, but one I happen to like)--is quite enormously complex and not to be explained by any one theory, e.g., mentality, psychology, worldview, etc. That said, Bob Altemeryer's illuminating interpretation is an excellent addition to the rich mix of ideas being discussed here, and I think very much worth taking the time to digest. (The first section alone, A Brief History of the Movement, is terrific quickie refresher.)

    *Robert Altemeyer--if there can be anyone reading this blog who doesn't know--is a professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba and the author of the well-received 2006 book The Authoritarians, written in response to the troublingly authoritarian style of the Bush administration, its proponents, and the growing number of Americans appearing to favor an authoritarian-style form of governance. According to the Robert Altemeyer page on Wikipedia, the book (available online for free) was widely referenced in John Dean's 2006 bestseller, Conservatives Without a Conscience . I have not read the book myself, but I understand that Dean brilliantly captured and crystalized the state of the collective--but not yet Movement--conservative mind, poised as it was in 2006 in a crucially formative, pre-Obama moment: Teabaggery, in crysalis.

    God bless our tinfoil hearts

    by aitchdee on Sat Apr 28, 2012 at 01:07:14 AM PDT

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