In the nonfiction audiobook The Authoritarians, psychologist Bob Altemeyer shares his research on the aggressive and hostile nature of the authoritarian personality and the rise of the Right-Wing Authoritarian personality in the United States. He wrote the book in 2006, during George W. Bush’s second term as president. In a clear and direct voice, Altemeyer performs his own fascinating work. He details how authoritarianism is destroying traditional conservatism and what this means for the future of American politics and democracy.
The foreword is provided by John W. Dean, former Nixon White House counsel and New York Times best-selling author.
©2008 Bob Altemeyer; (P)2008 Bob Altemeyer
It's a good book but why isn't his theory more widely accepted or well known? From a research standpoint Dr. Altermeyer has done the research about as well as it can be done. The whole analysis about how the different personality types conduct War Games is splendid. Also, personality research is a notoriously fishy subject due to the fact that you only get out what you put in, but I still can't help but wonder why his theory and research isn't more widely accepted in the academic world? This is important stuff. It seems to me that this particular subject is important and especially relevant because it answers several important questions like: how do we get ourselves into messy wars, and how do we end up with tyrannical leaders like Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Obama, and George Bush? It can also tell you where Islamic fundamentalists and Islamic terrorist come from. Personally, I think Dr. Altermeyer is not accepted as credible because his research calls into question and draws attention to things that the mainstream academic powers that be don't want people to know or think about. Because if people did become more aware of the things that are in Dr. Altermeyer's book then they wouldn't be so easily brainwashed by politicians on the left or the right.
Yeah, so read this book at your own risk. Once the corporatist state finds out that you know the truth you will end up in a FEMA camp. I'll see you there :-)
A confirmation and deepening of my understanding of why people accept the drivel which is the currency of American politics. However, in my opinion the author would have better served my needs, and his own, if he had omitted the political analysis. One other comment is that the treatment of the research results was too narrowly applied to American politics, and greater contrasts with international actors would have been very welcome.
Finally an explanation
The author's research provided insight into our dysfunctional political climate.
Yes, and I did on a road trip to Phoenix.
Altemeyer has an important thesis: we need to be aware of authoritarian followers. The title makes you think the book is about authoritarian leaders, but the real danger is how many of us tend to be sheep-like followers of said leaders. The book is a bit dated, written just as Obama was taking office. I would love to know if he is able to see the same tendency to be sheep-like among the left-leaning Obama fans as he did among the followers of GWB.
The flip-side of being dated is how prescient he is about Donald Trump.
I would caution conservatives to start with a book like The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Jumping straight into The Authoritarians is likely to repulse them where they are unable to get beyond the author's bias and appreciate how much truth there is here.
Makes some good points about the mentality that fuels their movements and belief systems. Makes sense of how and why they illogically follow leaders even if it will inevitably lead to ruin. Showcases they are more concerned about what could happen as opposed to what is actually happening. And there was an interesting moment about how people with an authoritarian mentality are more likely to be immoral, aggressive and prejudicial, even from a purely objective standpoint, and that religious delusion and self-righteousness will keep them going on with immoral actions.
The author does a good job of breaking down the information, chapter by chapter, and has a couple of fascinating experiments (like when different types of authoritarians ran a simulation on how to run the world, 18th disastrous results), however the book takes a bit to really get going and his conversational, mildly self-depricating of reading the book was hit or miss as far as taking him seriously. Good read, overall.
no. he explains fanatical religion as the root of many evils (which it is) but then he goes into how evolution is the mark of the enlightened mind even though there's no fossil support. He should have stuck to statistics and science and left out his bias towards evolution as science.
good buck on fanatical religion but should have left out evolution as the mark of the enlightened scientific mind. I'm an engineer and studied evolution IN DEPTH and there's no fossil evidence supporting small changes over large time. And if Darwin knew about DNA he'd probably change his theory.
Are you absolutely floored and confused as to how someone could support Donald Trump? This book will explain a lot of his popularity with good, hard, scientific data.
Clean and clear magnum opus from a lifelong researcher. Altemayer is shockingly modest about his life's work and will get you to rethink popular media narratives.
Listened to over an hour and couldnt stand it anymore. Author is a boring propogandist left wing drone and doesnt deserve any professional title next to his name. Don't waste your money!!
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