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Conservatives Without Conscience Hardcover – July 11, 2006
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The author may be well-suited for such a task. As White House Counsel to President Richard M. Nixon, and an admitted Barry Goldwater conservative, he was surrounded by the Watergate Investigation, in which White House staffers conducted burglary, perjury, obstruction of justice, and other crimes, or knew of them, or concealed them, all in the name of their leader, Richard Nixon.
John Dean relies heavily on the work of a social psychologist, Dr. Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba, who has done much work on the theory of authoritarianism. According to Dean, Altemeyer's work in this area has been officially recognized, and he is considered an expert in the field.
Dr Altemeyer categorizes authoritarians as followers and leaders to varying degrees. What he also found was that authoritarians are likely to maintain certain beliefs about themselves which include a deep belief in God, patriotic, conservative, and see themselves as being more moral, ethical, honest, and better people than others in general. Their behavior however, is likely to be less honest, loyal or ethical than others.
Dean attempts to apply this to our modern day politicians of whom he is very selective. He finds a match between Altemeyer's theories and list of traits in people like Dick Cheney whom he contends is the real president, George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Bill Frist, Tom Delay and others.Read more ›
For those of you who complain just to say "conservatives are always right and liberals are always wrong," you aren't going to like this book because you are clearly not an open-minded and intelligent person. I consider myself to be conservative, but I promise you that the facts stated in this book will not offend anyone. As a matter of fact, this really is Dean's most scientific and unbiased book to date.
Bottom line: for you intellectuals and open-minded people, you will find this a fascinating read. For those of you who are going to bash anything that perhaps challenges your own personal beliefs, avoid this book. But don't give it a poor rating just because you are a conservative.
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Early call on the totalitarian instincts of the modern Republican party.Published 7 days ago by Robert A.
Interesting to read how the "other side" thinks (or fails to think). It amazes me how their brains work!!Published 4 months ago by Michele Deady-paano
I gotta tell ya -- this is one scary book, written by a smart lawyer who has clearly done his homework (despite what the negative reviews may claim) and has had first-hand... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sam Wxnil
This is the best book of John Dean's "trilogy". I was fascinated and frightened - but I learned more than I thought I would. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Stephen Braswell
I feel Dean did a good job with this book explaining how conservatives went off the rails to where they are today.I myself am conservative so this was truly an eye opener. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Maurice Caron
A comprehensive examination and explanation of the changes to conservatism in the past 50 years. This book is a must read for both conservatives and liberals. Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Scott
This is already an old book, but the concepts remain the same. I checked out from the Library after reading how Wisconsin's Governor Scott Walker was depicted by Dean as being... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Watch Trudeau