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  •  Wow! Those 30% are impervious (5+ / 0-)

    Bob Altemeyer says that it is no more than 20% in any country but it looks a lot bigger than that here in the US.  
    That's a lot of crazy people.  

    -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

    by goldberry on Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 02:20:43 PM PDT

    •  As Dr. Bob suggests... (0+ / 0-)

      ... the percentage of authoritarian followers is not static. It shrinks and grows proportionally to how fearful people are.

      Want to reduce the number of RWAs? Give them a way to feel safe that doesn't require surrendering their moral autonomy to Big Daddy Protector.

      In that light, FDR's exhortation about "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself", spoken at a time of war abroad and great economic upheaval at home (and with home-grown authoritarians naturally on the rise as a result) seems doubly smart.

      Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. --Justice Robert H. Jackson

      by kingubu on Mon Mar 12, 2007 at 02:52:58 PM PDT

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