- Publisher: Bob Altemeyer (2007)
- ASIN: B002ACQPSW
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,998,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Altemeyer's 'The Authoritarians' is a compilation of years of research he's done on a personality type he identified and labeled "Right Wing Authoritarian." This label does not imply that all authoritarians are right wing. There can be left wing authoritarians but we simply don't see them in the US and Canada for his research was mostly done.
Though the webpage has some political diatribe it is mostly absent from the book which explores the various beliefs of RWAs. RWAs include very few in their 'in' group and villify their 'out' group. They have many hypocrisy's which they don't notice due to their highly compartmentalized thinking. They respect might over reason and are willing to do terrible things under the direction of a proper authority, especially if the person on the receiving end is some sort of outsider. Their fear of the world and change fuels their aggression. Worst of all, they control a large portion of our government.
While Right Wing Authoritarians can be considered dangerous fools, Social Dominators (also discussed in the book) could arguably be considered evil. They view people as tools to be used for their own benefit, are uninterested in helping others unless they will receive more in return and delight in using RWAs for their own purposes.
While the RWA personality corresponds very highly with fundamentalist religion, it is distinct. Anyone who's read Sam Harris' 'Letter to a Christian Nation' or 'The End of Faith' should give this a read. After reading this I believe that while religion may focus people to maladaptive ends, this book really gets at the root of the problem.
I read the Authoritarians and I can tell you it explains a lot. It explains who and what Rush Limbaugh is, how he operates, why he lies and why it doesn't bother him. Ditto Ann Coulter, Roger Ailes and the whole Fox News crew and why they don't see themselves as everyone else (except other RWAs) sees them. It explains what the relationship between the kind of people who are in The Family - hThe Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power - and the people who empower them by voting for them and why they're always dangerous.
It also explains what we're seeing right now for instance in the 23rd Congressional race in Upstate N.Y. for anyone who is following that saga. (RWAs can't stand anyone who doesn't exactly adhere to their ideology)
Perfect examples of RWAs are the Fundamentalists / Evangelical Christians, Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney but also probably a lot of people you have to deal with on a regular basis, for instance your father-in-law or your neighbor. Understanding what makes these people tick, what they'll likely to do (or try to do) and why they're impervious to reasoned argument or contradictory evidence changed my view of the world; how many books can you say that about? Precious few.Read more ›
I have been recommending this book to liberals and conservatives alike. Well done!
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10 stars minus 2 still leaves 8. Yeah, I give it 10 stars because I only come across a book that's this important about once a decade. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Josiah Kirby White
Deep analysis of the authoritarian follower and authoritarian leader personalities. Despite being larded with halfway funny witticisms, this is a serious and solid book based on... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Claudia Crowley
This book extends the available research about authoritarian personalities and applies the knowledge to the political situation. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Mary Jean Mayer
This MP3 cd didn't have the entire recording of the book. The entire MP3 is out of order. Someone made a bad copy of the recording.Published on February 27, 2014 by firstname.lastname@example.org
When John W Dean(you might want to Google that) witnessed some unconscionable behavior by some folks close to him, he sought out to try and explain and understand what exactly was... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Julie
Opened my eyes & ehlped me understand and identify Authoriatarian people seems the Republicans have alot of Authoritarians in their party.Published on February 7, 2013 by Cheri Young
Dr. Robert "Bob" Altemeyer's unpretentious and accessible writing style shouldn't have readers underestimating the brilliance of his pioneering work on understanding right wing... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by Michael Heath
First things first: although the author speaks of Right-Wing Authoritarians (RWAs), he's talking about a certain rigid, rule-oriented worldview that thrives on obedience & is... Read morePublished on April 20, 2012 by William Timothy Lukeman
I stumbled on to this book on the recommendation of a friend, I read it and was impressed with the conclusions it draws, In my lifetime I have seen a dramatic shift toward the... Read morePublished on July 4, 2011 by R. K. Johnson