A surprising intellectual development of the first decade of this century was the return to intellectual importance of the idea of the authoritarian personality. Largely on the basis of John Dean’s (re)popularization of the idea in Conservatives Without Conscience (Viking, 2006), a vigorous popular discussion of the purported authoritarianism of contemporary American conservatism arose. Dean’s argument extensively credited the academic work of the Canadian social psychologist Bob Altemeyer, who then made his next major book on the subject, The Authoritarians, available free of charge online.
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Robert Greene II
December 3, 2017
The Continuing Mission of Black Intellectuals: Stamped From the Beginning and African American HistorySomething that caught my eye when reading Ibram Kendi’s excellent Stamped From the Beginning was his admonition early in the book about for whom he was writing. Kendi insisted that Read more
March 15, 2011
Judging A Book By Its CoverI just returned today from a long weekend celebrating my mother’s 75th birthday, so I’m not going to make as substantive an addition to the fascinating Age of Fracture-inspired conversations Read more
June 6, 2016