(Ronald Bailey) In The Authoritarian Specter, the Harvard social scientist Robert Altemeyer asked, “Is the ‘authoritarian on the left’ like the Loch Ness Monster: an occasional shadow, but no monster?”
Altemeyer is the man who in 1981 devised the Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) scale, a test widely used to measure this personality and ideological variable. Social scientists generally report that right-wing authoritarians are conformists who obey established authorities, adhere to conventional social norms, and are hostile to people who flout both. Using such tests, they have argued that conservatives have a higher need for structure, lower attributional complexity, lower openness to experience, and higher perceptions of threat than do liberals—basically, that conservatives are mentally and socially rigid.
Now a new study in the journal Political Psychology claims that left-wing authoritarianism is no mere shadow.
As the author states: “Boycotting elections alone will not oust the oligarchy, but it is the only proven non-violent way to delegitimize a government. “
Vacate The VoteandVote for Nobody! Far from being “political inaction,” “a dereliction of public duty,” or “failure to politically speak,” it is the opposite of all such claims, and stands out, historically, as one of the most real, effective and non-violent means to place a solid vote of “No Confidence” against all candidates at any given election!Withdraw Consent!
Rayn: Doublethinking about tyranny… The irony of hypocrisy continues…
“I love how progs are always like ‘I fucking hate these right-wing Nazis! I wish the government would just round them all up and kill them!'”
Genaire: Check this out, Anke.
Anke M.: Cannot happen, but with so many nuts coming out if the woodwork…yeah, let’s level the playing field.
Genaire: Then you’re as bad as the nuts you’re advocating to be murdered.
Greg C.: Hehe, “round em up”…sounds like a plan. Use a big pink bus.
Rayn: Many murder-minded extremists think that their actions “level the playing field,” Anke.
Rayn: I’m under no obligation to allow anyone to promote murder of innocents and Nazi tactics on my Facebook profile. Exercise such “freedom of speech” on my wall, and I will respond by decidedly exercising my “freedom of association.” Goodbye.