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John Dean referenced Bob Altemeyer’s work extensively in his 2006 book, “Conservatives without Conscience.”

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Altemeyer explains: “This book is about what’s happened to the American government lately. It’s about the disastrous decisions that government has made. It’s about the corruption that rotted the Congress. It’s about how traditional conservatism has nearly been destroyed by authoritarianism. It’s about how the “Religious Right” teamed up with amoral authoritarian leaders to push its un-democratic agenda onto the country. It’s about the United States standing at the crossroads as the next federal election approaches.”

“The feedback I’ve gotten from those who have read The Authoritarians enables me to give you the major reason why you might want to do so too.   “It ties things together for me,” people have said, “You can see how so many things all fit together.” “It explains the things about conservatives that didn’t make any sense to me,” others have commented. And the one that always brings a smile to my face, “Now at last I understand my brother-in-law” (or grandmother, uncle, woman in my car pool, Congressman, etc.)”

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  •  Thanks (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, kbman

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 07:02:58 AM PDT

  •  It's an awesome read! (2+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, kbman

    Another Kossack recommended Altemeyer's work before; I have read it over a couple of times in the months since I found out about it.  It illustrates how people fall into an authoritarian mindset and the last chapter hints at possible solutions.  

    "You're not allowed to sell your countrymen out to multinational financial corporations anymore and still call yourself a patriot." --MinistryOfTruth

    by Kurt from CMH on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 07:43:50 AM PDT

  •  Extremely valuable book. (1+ / 0-)
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    I sent it to my congressman. He was a political science professor before being elected so I think there's a good chance that he has read it. It would be a great tool to understanding his opponents across the aisle.

    Is it true? Is it kind? Is it necessary? . . . and respect the dignity of every human being.

    by Wee Mama on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 08:16:45 AM PDT

  •  It is one of the most important books I've read (1+ / 0-)
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    David Satterlee

    That is the reason I have linked it in my sigline for the past 5 years.  A great followup is Riane Eisler's Sacred Pleasure.  It deals with how things came to be this way.  She discusses the takeover of western culture by the herding cultures of the Abrahamic religions, and how they destroyed and demonized the old religions they displaced.  These old religions of the agrarian cultures were based in partnership, not authoritarianism.  And women were not second class citizens, but shared power with men.  

    Their customs which celebrated the cycles of the Earth and the joys and pleasures of life were decreed by the paternal authoritarians to be evil and sinful.  Partnership was replaced with coerced conformity under threat of pain or even death.  And now, the background conversation of our society, the thought-sea in which we all swim, is highly contaminated with hierarchical paternal authoritarian beliefs - perpetuated by religion, government, and especially by the top 0.01% because they are atop the hierarchy.  In many ways, the Occupy Movement is an anti-authoritarian movement.

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 11:35:59 AM PDT

  •  you know... (1+ / 0-)
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    David Satterlee

    ...that book is just crying out for book club treatment here on DailyKos.

    Like maybe a diary series that tackles a chapter a week?

    Prison rape is not funny.

    by social democrat on Wed Jul 25, 2012 at 12:11:33 PM PDT

    •  I'm in for a series (0+ / 0-)

      Thank you for the challenge. I've been wanting to start "digesting" important books as one-article-per-chapter and this sounds like it would be a good start. Okay, now to the keyboard for some serious pounding.

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