The Authoritarians [Bob Altemeyer] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Authoritarians summarizes the research of Dr. Robert Altemeyer. Click here to order a printed, bound copy of The Authoritarians from for $ plus shipping. Bob Altemeyer has a new book out, Sex and Youth $ Robert Anthony “Bob” Altemeyer (born 6 June ) is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. He produced the test and scale for ” RWA” or right-wing authoritarianism.

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He quotes studies carried out by Russian researchers which show very similar belief patterns among old hardline followers of Marxist-Leninism. Altemeyer started investi Say what you will about the sweet miracle of unquestioning faith, I consider a capacity for it terrifying and absolutely vile.

It maybe found here: Since the phrase right-wing is primarily used today as a political adjective, and since there is so much overlap between the two, it was somewhat confusing. This book is the “beach read” version of Altemeyer’s other work, and is a great introduction to some heavy sociological stuff while also being suitable for reading on the sly at work when your boss isn’t looking Most interestingly, the RWA score correlates very well with fundamentalist religious beliefs.

Bob Altemeyer May, Altemeyer is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba. If I may speak in the measured way this book inspires what the fuck is he thinking of, putting this word in italics? Please respond to the following statements according to the following scale: More accurately, he saw the kinds of men and women who would vote for a Donald Trump-type candidate for high office. He presents evidence supporting his claim that these people have, on average, substantially impaired abilities to follow logical or fact-based reasoning.

We have seen this before in European, African and South American countries but we haven’t noticed it, or maybe just not taken it seriously in the US.

If the conclusion is right, they figure, then the reasoning must have been right.

Bob Altemeyer

The Authoritarians is written in a kind of breezy conversational tone, filled with jokes and colloquialisms. What kind of official is authoritarianw likely to give that order, if it suited his purposes? There’s a lot more, but I won’t repeat it all here authoriatrians it’d bloat this review unnecessarily, and also it’s all available in the wikipedia article if you want an easy list. Indeed, the events of and have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians.


And also, that they were trained in self-righteousness, and ethnocentric thinking in early age. A quick search on Google Scholar shows he’s widely cited; this guy is not a crank. In fact, almost all of the research takes place in the US or Canada, which makes me wonder how much it can be generalized to the rest of the world.

Altemeyer asks students what they consider the best explanation for these internal contradictions and inconsistencies. The experiment I found most convincing had him showing subjects the passages from the four Gospels describing the events of Easter Morning. Point is that was fuel for the pro-lifers. The book is fascinating, highly entertaining and explains so much about what is wrong in the US.

I suppose that if you put together a personality test that picks out jerks, it’s not surprising that the people it picks out ar This book was totally appalling.

The Authoritarians

Put all this together and you get an idea authoritairans hard it will be to change their minds about Donald Trump. Quotes from The Th. He says that only two people have made a serious attempt to prove him wrong, and that their counterarguments were not convincing. Altemeyer claims that his RWA scale has a high predictive value, and if you want to find out your own RWA-coefficient you can take an online test here.

They say there is no evidence that will make them change their minds. What happens when authoritarian followers find the authoritarian leaders they crave and start marching together? An audiobook version is also available. Yes, the research shows they are very aggressive, but altemeer are they so hostile? He’s got a test that puts people on a scale that he’s been giving to people since the 70s. The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer. We are only quibbling about what makes us feel cozy with what we are doing.


Alteeyer even says at one point that a Stalinist would obviously be a left-wing authoritarian, but since they would have the same personality type as the other RWAs they all fit under the same banner.

You can find an online version of the Religious Fundamentalism test here. Original Authoritariasn Altemeyer discusses the fruits of 20 over years of research into two types of personalities: So what does this mean? Leader diktats and social pressure both discourage both independence and dissent; and RWAs frequently demonize outgroups as a further incentive to obedience to the social order.

The current Arab Spring is perhaps one contemporary example of that.

Bob Altemeyer—author of Atheists and The Authoritarian Specter —gives a readable analysis of the nature of authoritarianism and its current impact on American politics.

View all 8 comments. The style is actually rather well done and engaging.

The Authoritarians

It’s always my preference to see both sides, understand the people I’m arguing with, figure that other people’s opinions make sense from their point of view.

Preview — The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer. We know enough about authoritarian supporters from research, and history, to know it will be very hard to change their minds about the leader they adore. Now, I can quite see authhoritarians abortion will continue to be as well as a necessity, a convenience in our society, irrespective of how one defines these foetuses.

I found it engaging enough that I read it right through when I had planned just to have a peep at it and start my next urban fantasy. I also had problems with the use of the phrase “right-wing auth A fascinating and alarming look at the authoritarian mindset, both among authoritarian leaders and authoritarian followers, based mostly but not entirely thw the author’s own research.