Book: Bob Altemeyer’s The Athoritarians


 This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush’s  second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it.  Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.

  However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before. As I try to show in the “Comment on the Tea Party Movement”, the research findings in this book  apply at least  as strongly to America  today as they did  four years ago. Indeed, the events of 2009 and 2010 have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians. I wrote in 2006 that the authoritarians in America were not going to go away if they lost the 2008 election, that they would be infuriated if  a new president tried to carry out his mandate. That has certainly been the case. – Bob Altemeyer   Read More

Bob Altemeyer
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Canada

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