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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Bob Altemeyer – Wikipedia

Altemeyer is a retired professor of psychology at the University of Manitoba. Altemeyer is best known for a long-term self-funded study into what he terms ” right-wing authoritarianism ” RWA and builds heavily on the work of Theodor Adorno and others who studied authoritarian movements in the 20th century.

Although Altemeyer takes most of his examples from U.

The “right-wing” in the term essentially identifies a mindset, a sort of hyperpaternalistic world-view with an emphasis on stratification between leaders and followers and a definite concept of a “chain of being”, as well as a generally high level of dogmatic thinking.

RWAs are not necessarily low in intelligence, but are often quick to grab on to any evidence that supports their beliefs no matter how tenuous — compartmentalized thinking is authoriharians.

Altemeyer describes the three most important aspects of right-wing authoritarianism as follows:. Altemeyer divides RWAs into leaders and followers. Leaders tend to be auhoritarians and individualistic, while followers tend towards a somewhat fatalistic but principled acceptance of their own status as cogs in a machine, generally condemning those not seen to be in qltemeyer with the leaders’ wishes.


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.

Further research — including experiments involving a nation sim, the Global Change Game GCC [3] showed RWAs to be more possessive and more likely to attempt to solve problems by starting turf wars with perceived competitors in the case of one GCG experiment, causing an all-out nuclear war on the first runthrough and creating a global resource crisis leading to mass famine when given a mulligan.

Bob Altemeyer – RationalWiki

In The AuthoritariansAltemeyer identifies himself only as a political anti-authoritarian, rather than a left-winger.

However, his son Rob is a New Democratic legislator in the provincial assembly. Altemeyer has become something of a target for right-wing pseudo intellectuals who claim that he’s persecuting them for calling his theory “right-wing authoritarianism”, even though the term “right-wing” is being used authoritarains an academic sense as opposed to a purely political one.

Likewise, a left-winger may use the term to pretend as if his research only applies to the political right even though it can apply to any side of the political spectrum.

However not atlemeyer conservatives who know who he is hate Altemeyer; former White House Counsel for Richard Nixon and Goldwater conservative John Dean has praised and referenced Altemeyer’s research numerous times to critique the Religious Right.


This was especially prevalent in Dean’s book Conservatives Without Conscience which references Altemeyer’s research to critique the Republican Party. Apparently Barry Goldwater himself planned on co-writing such a book with Dean, but unfortunately he died before he could. In turn, Altemeyer praised Authortiarians in authorritarians opening of Altemeyer’s book The Authoritariansgoing so far as to call him “Honest John” and saying that he was the primary reason he wrote The Authoritarians.

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