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  •  Here's an excerpt (8+ / 0-)

    From one of John Dean's articles on authoritarians.

    Based on Altemeyer's study, as well as those of other social psychologists, I prepared a list of the additional traits that these personalities, both men and women who test high as right-wing authoritarians, often evidence: highly religious, moderate to little education, trust untrustworthy authorities, prejudiced (particularly against homosexuals, women, and followers of religions other than their own), mean-spirited, narrow-minded, intolerant, bullying, zealous, dogmatic, uncritical toward their chosen authority, hypocritical, inconsistent and contradictory, prone to panic easily, highly self-righteous, moralistic, strict disciplinarian, severely punitive, demands loyalty and returns it, little self-awareness, usually politically and economically conservative/Republican.

    "Anybody who desperately wants to believe lies will not even notice the truth standing next to them wearing a big red neon sign." - Keith Olbermann

    by Diogenes2008 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 10:26:46 AM PDT

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    •  The individual vs the group (3+ / 0-)
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      I've been really struck by this recent essay on American's inclination for group loyalty rather than our self-image of rugged individualism.

      I really need to track down the guy's book, I think

      Claude Fischer is author of the newly published "Made in America: A Social History of American Culture and Character."

      "I want to apologize for that misconstrued misconstruction." Rep Joe Barton

      by Catte Nappe on Fri Jul 09, 2010 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

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      •  he has a very interesting point, but... (0+ / 0-)

        .... the way he wrote that article is not likely to be convincing to fence-sitters, who are the people who most need to be convinced.

        His interesting point is that American culture has an odd combination of freedom to join groups, and submission of the individuals to the groups they join.  

        But some of the examples he uses, such as international social survey data and adultery as "freedom" in marriage, fall flat on their faces.  

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