Society

Are You an Authoritarian?

Part One: The Authoritarian Personality Turns 70. Authoritarianism has a long history in political science, perhaps one of the richest of all of social science concepts. The idea that there is a group of citizens who need a strong leader to protect them from a scary world has had a profound impact on academia (Smith 1997). Repeatedly and consistently across multiple measures, scales, and samples, authoritarianism has correlated with the worst in democratic citizenry (Sibley and Duckitt 2008). And beyond political areas, it damages many areas of social life. From bullying, to anti-Semitism, to spousal abuse, authoritarians cause problems (respectively,…

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