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The Authoritarians

The Authoritarians

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An interesting analysis of authoritarianism, including psychological profiles of leaders and followers in that system. Well worth reading.
An interesting analysis of authoritarianism, including psychological profiles of leaders and followers in that system. Well worth reading.

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Published by: Leisureguy on Jun 17, 2009
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The AuthoritariansBob Altemeyer Associate Professor Department of PsychologyUniversity of ManitobaWinnipeg, CanadaCopyright ©, 2006 by Bob Altemeyer 
 
 
Table of ContentsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsDedicationIntroductionChapter 1 Who Are the Authoritarian Followers?Chapter 2 The Roots of Authoritarian Aggression, and Authoritarianism Itself Chapter 3 How Authoritarian Followers Think Chapter 4 Authoritarian Followers and Religious FundamentalismChapter 5 Authoritarian LeadersChapter 6 Authoritarianism and PoliticsChapter 7 What
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Preface
 
I realize that my making this book availablefor free on the internet raises questionsabout my judgment, especially since I am a psychologist. The well-known theory of cognitive dissonance says that people willvalue something more if they pay a lot of money to get it. So how much will peoplevalue what they get for free? Also, if somebody can make money off a book, howmuch common sense can he have if he givesit away? Why should you read a book written by someone who has so little common sense?There
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publisher, but when their editor said no I stopped acting out of habit andstarted reflecting. I think what I have found is rather important to the survival of American democracy. As such, it should be made available to everyone, and beessentially free. The “www” makes this possible, and that is why we have met here.So how do you do? Allow me to introduce my friend in the photo above, whose nameis Harvey.
 

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