A Political Resource on Authoritarianism
Someone pointed out University of Manitoba research psychologist Bob Altemeyer’s book The Authoritarians as something very worth reading. Altemeyer has made his research and book available for free online, and I’ll provide a link to that free download below.
I came across a reference to The Authoritarians and Altemeyer’s other research while digging up the dirt on Stephen Harper published by The Tyee (“Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled” 10. Aug. 2015). There was a reference to it by someone in the comments section. It sounded very good.
I’ve only scanned pages of the book so far, but it strikes me as an even better take on the subject of right-wing extremism and the reactionary mentality than Corey Robin’s more partisan The Reactionary Mind or Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind, (the latter I admittedly have yet to read in full). Nor have I read Theodor Adorno’s research published in The Authoritarian Personality. I have had Adorno’s studies on my bookshelf for sometime, but have never cracked them open. So I can’t say how Altemeyer’s and Adorno’s studies compare.
Those interested in Altemeyer’s research on authoritarianism and understanding the roots of the authoritarian personality (which is a very timely subject) can download his book here.