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  •  The Authoritarians (5+ / 0-)

    This link leads to a website (now available as a dead tree book too) that discusses some of the conservative mindset.

    There is a substantial share of the American populace that possesses an authoritarian mindset.  About 25% if I'm recalling correctly.  I.e. the Bush/ Congressional dead enders represent the authoritarian fringe of American politics.

    This has no relationship at all to the small government, libertarian conservatism that is one legacy of Thomas Jefferson.  It is fed by the corporations as a group of "useful idiots."  A viewpoint shared by the eminence gris of reactionary politics, Karl Rove.

    And no, they really don't believe in democracy as a process.  I always felt Rove's long-term game plan was to make the US something like Mexico during the ascendency of the PRI.  I.e. combining more or less blatant repression with elections that only the dominant party wins.

    There are no atheists in foxholes and no libertarians in financial crises. - Jeff Frankel

    by DrJohnB on Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 07:02:52 AM PDT

    •  I think you're right. (3+ / 0-)
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      LI Mike, RustyCannon, FarWestGirl

      There is an authoritarian impulse both at the top and the bottom in conservatism.  At the top, obviously, it is the desire for power.  At the bottom, it's the desire for the security of obedience: if you're doing what you're told, you can't be culpable for anything that goes wrong.

      Those complementary impulses are present in most of us, in varying degrees and settings.  But they have no place in our political dialogue, because they are not consistent with our constitutional democracy.

      Good morning! ::hugggggggggggggs::

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