The authoritarian personality is a subject of much debate and I'm no psychiatrist. Slapping labels on people is a very tricky business anyway.<quoted text>I did! The Authoritarians
by Bob Altemeyer
The title of Deans Conservatives without Conscience plays on an earlier book by Barry Goldwater, former GOP senator and 1964 presidential candidate. Dean charges that the modern Republican Party has been co-opted.
Its leaders demand unwavering obedience by supporters while promoting inequality, intolerance and an intrusive government even as they espouse freedom, wrote Dean. In his 2006 book, Dean cited research by social psychologist Robert Altemeyer to argue a GOP trend toward authoritarian personalities. Reading the book today, it seems Dean anticipated the later arrival of Walker as governor, making his Walker-as-authoritarian argument in four parts.
First is a personality that seeks to be a social dominator. Dean cited how Walker formed a Jesus USA club as a young child, mixing Baptist religion and patriotism, and he seems to have been running for something ever since.
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I believe that they tried to group all Nazis as having this personality disorder.....but that didn't work out as planned. There is rarely a perfect textbook case of any type of personality,
The DSM lists 10 types of problem personalities and they fall into 3 clusters. Authoritarian personality isn't one of them. John Dean was a smart man, but he was a lawyer....not a shrink.