Friday, July 14, 2006

Authoritarian Personalities

Last night, I watched in horror as a Blitzkrieg of War Pimping marched across the Main Stream Media. I watched as the reporting of the Israeli response for the kidnapping of 2 Israeli soldiers, which has resulted in the bombing of the International Airport in Beirut, the blockading of their ports, the bombing of highways, and the death of the 60 or so innocent civilians, centered on Iran and Syria as the puppeteers and provocateurs of this new dangerous escalation of violence.

I watched as one MSNBC talking head, who really should be working in the White House, questioned the Syrian Ambassador.

She was totally without response when the Ambassador asked "if the loss of life of a Lebanese civilian was not just as tragic as the loss of an Israeli."

I don't think she thought it was.

Which brings me to another MSNBC interview.

Here is John Dean on Countdown promoting his new book, Conservatives without Conscience. (the transcript is from a right wing site, so read the comments if you can)

Olbermann: "What did you find? In less than 200 pages that the book goes to?"

Dean: "I ran into a massive study that had really been going on for 50 years now, by academics, they've never really shared this with the general public.

It's remarkable analysis of the authoritarian personality, both those who are inclined to follow leaders and those who jump in front and want to be the leaders. It was not the opinion of social scientists.

It was information they drew by questioning large numbers of people, hundreds of thousands of people, in anonymous testing where they conceded, you know, their innermost feelings and reactions to things.

And it turned out that these people were, most of these that came out in the testing were people who had been prequalified to be conservatives, and then they found that this indeed fit with the authoritarian personality."

Olbermann: "Does it really, do the studies indicate that it really has anything to do with the political point-of-view? Is it, would it be easier to essentially superimpose authoritarianism over the right than it would the left?

Is it theoretically possible that they could have gone in either direction and it's just a question of people who like to follow other people?"

Dean: "They have found really maybe a small, one percent of the left who follow authoritarianism, probably the far left. But as far as widespread testing, it is just overwhelmingly conservative orientation."

So what it is this Authoritarian Personality?

Here is the History from Wikepedia.

Although the first usage of the term "authoritarian personality" goes back to Abraham Maslow in 1943, whose work in turn rests upon Erich Fromm's theory of the authoritarian character, in its essentials it has been marked by the 1950 study The Authoritarian Personality by Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel J. Levinson and R. Nevitt Sanford.

Conducted at the University of California at Berkeley, the study was part of a large research project aimed at examining the psychological bases of anti-Semitic prejudices.

Theory of the Authoritarian Personality

Those persons who cling to fascist ideologies, according to the theory, distinguish themselves through their inappropriate, prejudice-laden view of social and political relationships. From this background in their personal history arose the assumption that the emergence of certain phenomena such as anti-Semitism and ethnocentrism stands in close connection with this particular personality structure.

The instrument for assessing the underlying authoritarian personality structure was the so-called F-Scale ("implicit antidemocratic tendencies and fascist potential"). This scale is comprised of the following subscales:

Conventionalism -- the tendency to accept and obey social conventions and the rules of authority figures; adherence to the traditional and accepted

Authoritarian Submission -- submission to authorities and authority figures

Authoritarian Aggression -- an aggressive attitude towards individuals or groups disliked by authorities; particularly those who threaten traditional values

Anti-Intraception -- rejection of the subjective, imaginative and aesthetic

Substitution and Stereotypy -- superstition, cliché, categorization and fatalistic determinism

Power and Toughness -- identification with those in power, excessive emphasis on socially advocated ego qualities

Destructiveness and Cynicism -- general hostility, putting others down

Projectivity -- the tendency to believe in the existence of evil in the world and to project unconscious emotional impulses outward

Sex -- exaggerated concerns with respect to sexual activity .

Uhh, excuse me, but this pretty much describes the conservatives in my family.

So what are we to make of John Dean's book and this information?

This certainly explains Faux News. It explains Bill O Reily and Rus. It absolutely explains Ann Coulter and the rest of the far right's hate slinging stable of nut cases.

Problem is, they really are nut cases.

They don't have a political philosophy.

They have a personality disorder.

And they and their leaders are leading us to WAR.

After watching the evening War Dance by the Military Industrial Media Complex Talking Heads, I shared my concerns and dismay with the bartender who only speaks in Sports Metaphors.

"Do you think that the Germans thought that they would lose the war?

Do you think that they imagined that their cities would be leveled?"

They had the most powerful military on earth.

They also had a national authoritarian personality disorder.



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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The US government has been kidnapped by the authoritarian far right.

Hitler came to power with 30%.

And with this same level of support, this adminstration continues. MS

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saw the count down program also - very interesting - when asked what can be done to change this, Dean replied something to the effect that there is no changing the 20% core with this disorder (maybe a few on the fringe can be reasoned with) but the best way to neutralize them is to expose them for what they are and keep them monitored - with all the confusion, fear and blind patriotism following 9/11 the public, press and elected representatives failed to keep a check and balance on the persons entrusted with making public policy - now, as a result of the obvious failings of their policies the public has begun to look more closely at who these people are and what these people are - outing Rove, outing the neo-con agenda, outing Coulter and O'Reilly has made the public more aware of their agendas - one can only hope this understand and holding these people accountable will continue and grow before they can re-write history and law to make it impossible to reverse their destructive policies without an armed rebellion - it has taken all out war to stop most of these totalitarian regimes, however, as with the Soviet Union, they can collapse under their own weight or be over thrown by the public without blood shed as in Portugal - keeping my fingers crossed that this problem will be resolved peacefully.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, BTW, I am not anti-Semitic, but, we will never be able to understand the why and what if we don't take a real hard look at the relationship between the US and Israel and expose the truth - the designers of this failed government (the neo-cons) were principally Jewish - you can delete this post if it is too long but these people need to be exposed -

A compilation of the people active in the neo-con movement:

*IRVING KRISTOL – Jewish Neo-Con - Considered the founder of American neoconservatism - Commentary magazine, British magazine Encounter, Basic Books, The Public Interest, The National Interest, New York University, American Enterprise Institute, Council on Foreign Relations, Wall Street Journal, National Affairs Inc, Project for the New American Century, Bush awarded Kristol the Presidential Medal of Freedom
*WILLIAM KRISTOL - Jewish Neo-Con - Son of Irving Kristol - Washington lobbyist, chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle, G. W. Bush speechwriter, The Weekly Standard, Project for the New American Century, American Enterprise Institute, contributor to FOX, semi-regular guest on World News Tonight on Sky News (FOX News' British sister channel), visiting professor at Harvard College
*NORMAN PODHORETZ – Jewish Neo-Con - One of the original drivers of the neo-conservative movement - U.S. Information Agency, Council on Foreign Relations, Hudson Institute, Project for the New American Century, American Jewish Neo-Conish Committee magazine Commentary
MIDGE DECTER – Jewish Neo-Con - Wife of Norman Podhoretz and one of the original drivers of the neo-conservative movement - syndicated columnist, journalist and author, Committee for the Free World, Independent Women's Forum
JOHN PODHORETZ - Jewish Neo-Con - Son of Norman Podhoretz and Midge Decter - commentator National Review, the Weekly Standard, ReganBooks, New York Post, Fox News, CNN, Time, Washington Times, Insight, U.S. News & World Report, White House Writers Group, Reagan speechwriter, five-time Jeopardy champion
*PAUL WOLFOWITZ - Jewish Neo-Con - President of the World Bank - George H.W. Bush U.S. Undersecretary of Defense, George W. Bush Deputy Secretary of Defense, architect of the Bush Doctrine, Yale University, U.S. Defense Department, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, paid consultant Northrop Grumman, Project for a New American Century,
DOUGLAS FEITH - Jewish Neo-Con - writer - National Security Council under Ronald Reagan, G. W. Bush Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, lobbyist for the Turkish government, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The New Republic, Weekly Standard
*RICHARD PERLE - Jewish Neo-Con - political advisor - Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense, G. W. Bush Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, Hollinger International, Jerusalem Post, GeoBiotics,
*I. LEWIS LIBBY - Jewish Neo-Con - Hudson Institute, indicted by a grand jury 2005 - former Chief of Staff and assistant for National Security Affairs to Vice President Cheney, RAND Corporation, Northrop Grumman, co-founded the Project for the New American Century,
*ELLIOT ABRAMS - Jewish Neo-Con - lawyer married to Midge Decter’s daughter - Reagan Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Iran-Contra Affair indicted for giving false testimony, G. W. Bush Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council - Project for the New American Century, Hudson Institute, Nicaraguan Resistance Foundation, National Review, Heritage Foundation,
*ROBERT KAGAN - Jewish Neo-Con - political commentator - speechwriter for Secretary of State George P. Shultz, The New Republic, Policy Review, the Washington Post, Weekly Standard, co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, Council on Foreign Relations,
DANIEL PIPES - Jewish Neo-Con - columnist - New York Sun, The Jerusalem Post, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, National Post, USA Today, New York Post, The Weekly Standard, The New Republic, Middle East Quarterly
*CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER - Jewish Neo-Con - syndicated columnist, paraplegic - G. W. Bush President's Council on Bioethics, speech writer Vice President Walter Mondale, Washington Post, The New Republic, TIME, Weekly Standard, Fox News, Project for the New American Century
DAVID BROOKS - Jewish Neo-Con - columnist - The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Newsweek, The Atlantic Monthly, NPR, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
LAWRENCE KAPLAN - Jewish Neo-Con - senior editor at The New Republic - The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, The Washington Post, The National Interest
*ELIOT COHEN - Jewish Neo-Con - professor Johns Hopkins University - co-founder Project for the New American Century, Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post
MARTY PERETZ - Jewish Neo-Con - co-owner and editor-in-chief of The New Republic - Harvard University, Bank Leumi of New York, Carmel Container Corporation, Leukosite
*DOV ZAKHEIM - Jewish Neo-Con - Vice President of Booz Allen Hamilton - Orthodox Jewish rabbi, G. W. Bush Undersecretary of Defense, SPC International, Council on Foreign Relations, Project for a New American Century,
*ROBERT B. ZOELLICK - Jewish Neo-Con - United States Deputy Secretary of State - Alliance Capital, Said Holdings, Precursor Group, Enron, Viventures, Council on Foreign Relations, Project for a New American Century
DAVID WURMSER - Jewish Neo-Con - Middle East Adviser, Office of the U.S. Vice President -
MEYRAV WURMSER - Jewish Neo-Con - MEMRI, CMEP, Ariel Center for Policy Research -
IRWIN STELZER - Jewish Neo-Con - columnist - The Sunday Times (UK), The Courier-Mail, The Weekly Standard, Hudson Institute, American Enterprise Institute
*JOSHUA MURAVCHIK - Jewish Neo-Con - American Enterprise Institute - Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Project for the New American Century, The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, World Affairs Journal, Commission on Broadcasting to the People's Republic of China
NEAL KOZODOY - Jewish Neo-Con

RUPERT MURDOCH - Catholic Neo-Con - Beginning with newspapers, magazines and television stations in his native Australia, Murdoch expanded into British and American media, and in recent years has become a powerful force in satellite television, the film industry and other forms of media. News Corp, San Antonio News, National Star, New York Post, British Sky Broadcasting satellite network, Fox Network, Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Dodgers, Intermix Media Inc., - served on the board of directors of the Cato Institute, friend of Ronald Reagan, Pat Robertson, supported George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, 175 Murdoch-owned newspapers worldwide editorialized in favour of the Iraq war
*DICK CHENEY - Methodist Neo-Con - Vice President of United States - Nixon special assistant to Donald Rumsfeld, Gerald Ford Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, Wyoming representative, Chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, House Minority Whip, Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush, Chief Executive Officer of Halliburton, Board of Directors of Procter & Gamble, Union Pacific, and EDS, co-founded Project for the New American Century, National Energy Policy Development Group
*DONALD RUMSFELD - Protestant Neo-Con - United States Secretary of Defense - Illinois representative, Nixon Administration Director of the United States Office of Economic Opportunity and Assistant to the President, Secretary of Defense under President Gerald Ford, Searle pharmaceutical company, General Instrument Corporation, Gilead Sciences developer of Tamiflu, the RAND Corporation, ABB nuclear reactors, Bechtel Corporation, Sears, Roebuck and Co, Hoover Institution, Freedom House, Committee for the Free World, co-founded Project for the New American Century
CONDOLEEZZA RICE - Presbyterian Neo-Con - United States Secretary of State - George H. W. Bush Administration Senior Director of Soviet and East European Affairs, Federal Advisory Committee on Gender-Integrated Training in the Military, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, board of directors for the Chevron Corporation, the Charles Schwab Corporation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Transamerica Corporation, Hewlett Packard, The Carnegie Corporation, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Rand Corporation, and KQED San Francisco.
JEANE KIRKPATRICK – Catholic Neo-Con - Ronald Reagan foreign policy advisor U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
*R. JAMES WOOLSEY - Catholic Neo-Con - contributor of articles and media interviews - former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Freedom House, Project for the New American Century, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Defense Policy Board, contributor Wall Street Journal - (JOE LIEBERMAN for president supporter)
*JOHN BOLTON - Lutheran Neo-Con - G. W. Bush recess appointment U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations - Reagan Assistant Attorney General, American Enterprise Institute, Republican National Committee, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on National Policy, Project for the New American Century, American Enterprise Institute, the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, columnist for the Taipei Times
FRED BARNES - Episcopalian Neo-Con - journalist, author, and political commentator - The Weekly Standard, Fox News, The New Republic, American Spectator, The McLaughlin Group, Institute on Religion and Democracy
FRANK GAFFNEY - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - head of the Center for Security Policy - Reagan Assistant Secretary of Defense, columnist for The Washington Times, contributor to Fox news
MAX BOOT - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - writer - The Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Financial Times
MICHAEL NOVAK - Catholic Neo-Con - writer - Reagan chief ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, National Review, First Things, Capital Research Center, American Enterprise Institute, Center of the American Experiment
*WILLIAM BENNETT - Catholic Neo-Con - author, speaker, host of Morning in America - Reagan Secretary of Education, George H. W. Bush Director of Office of National Drug Control Policy, National Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, Heritage Foundation, Project for the New American Century
ELLEN BORK - Catholic Neo-Con - deputy director at the Project for the New American Century, daughter of Judge Robert Bork - Washington Post, the Financial Times, the The Wall Street Journal Asia, The Weekly Standard, Humanitarian Affairs Review, The Forward, New York Sun
*PETER RODMAN - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs - Project for the New American Century
*STEPHEN CAMBONE - Catholic Neo-Con - Under-Secretary of Defense for Intelligence - George H. W. Bush Strategic Defense Initiative at the Pentagon, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Project for a New American Century, National Institute for Public Policy, SRS Technologies
*ZALMAY KHALILZAD - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - Ambassador to Afghanistan - Project for the New American Century, RAND Corp, National Security Council, Department of Defense, Unocal
ROBERT W. TUCKER - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - Johns Hopkins
*FRANCIS FUKUYAMA - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - author - The American Interest magazine, Johns Hopkins, Project for the New American Century, The President’s Council on Bioethics,
*GARY SCHMITT - Fundamentalist Neo-Con - Executive Director Project for the New American Century - Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Johns Hopkins, Department of Defense
LARRY FRANKLIN - Catholic Neo-Con - pled guilty to passing classified Pentagon documents to Israel - Defense Intelligence Agency, Johns Hopkins
REUEL MARC GERECHT - Fundamentalist Neo-Con -
FR. RICHARD J. NEUHAUS - Fundamentalist Neo-Con
RICHARD MELLON SCAIFE - Fundamentalist Neo-Con
THOMAS DONNELLY - Fundamentalist Neo-Con
OWEN HARRIES - Fundamentalist Neo-Con
GARY BAUER - Fundamentalist Neo-Con

*PNAC members


Charles Krauthammer, William Kristol, Geraldo Rivera, Alan Derschowitz, Richard Ben-Veniste, Lanny Davis, Candy Crowley, Robert Wexler, Charles Zewe, Andrea Mitchell (Alan Greenspan's Jewish Wife), Claire Shipman, Alec Baldwin, Betty Friedan, William Cohen, Robert Rubin, Madeleine Albright, Sandy Berger, James Rubin, Sam Brownback, William Cohen, Murray Fineman, Steve Rothman, Henry Kissinger, Rehema Ellis, Richard Haas, James Woolsey, Lawrence Eagleburger, James Dunnigan, Rahm Emanuel, Jeff Greenfield, Andrea Koppel, Gary Tuchman, Bob Franken, Larry King, Wolf Blitzer, Bernard Shaw, Robert Novak, Brendt Scowcroft

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One last post and I will let you up - Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation owns Fox Television Network, 20th Century Fox Films, and Fox 2000. Peter Chernin, who is president and CEO of Fox Group, which includes all of News Corporation's film, television, and publishing operations in the United States, is a Jew. Under Chernin is Laura Ziskin who formerly headed Fox 2000 is also a Jew. Jew Peter Roth works under Chernin as president of Fox Entertainment. News Corporation also owns the New York Post and TV Guide, and they are published under Chernin's supervision.

12:06 PM  

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