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Social Dominance Theory

I’ve had the book, Social Dominance, by Jim Sidanius and Felecia Pratto, lying around my house for a couple of years now. I hadn’t gotten around to reading it because I wasn’t ready for the ideas that it contains, apparently. I started this blog back in September of 2008, in reaction to the horror I […]

Right Wing Authoritarians

Like most people these days, I don’t read as many blogs as I used to. But I still read some that I think are important. One of those is Ian Welsh’s blog – www.ianwelsh.net. One of his posts, on the famous Milgram experiments, led me to pick up and read, again, Robert Altemeyer’s The Authoritarian […]

The Word That Can’t Be Uttered

We never learn … Anarchism: What It Really Stands For by Emma Goldman Anarchy Ever reviled, accursed, ne’er understood, Thou art the grisly terror of our age. “Wreck of all order,” cry the multitude, “Art thou, and war and murder’s endless rage.” O, let them cry. To them that ne’er have striven The truth that […]

Authoritarianism in America

I have long been fascinated with the rise of authoritarianism in this country – there are a number of links on the sidebar of this blog that direct interested readers to more information on the subject of authoritarianism. The following essay, by Henry A. Giroux, appeared on Truthout on February 15, 2010. I am posting […]

Ritual Defamation Revisited

Last fall, I published an essay by Laird Wilcox, in which he outlines the process by which the talking heads on the right-wing populist radio stations defame the character of liberals. Now that we have witnessed this process on multiple occasions, I thought many of you would be interested in re-reading the list. Here it […]

Extremism Revisited

Last fall, I published a piece by Laird Wilcox that outlined the characteristics of an extremist. With the experience of the Town Hall meetings starting to be absorbed, I think this is a great opportunity to publish his essay once again. I don’t know if the Hoaxer Project Report is still available, but I am […]

Sara Robinson on Fascism, Part II

The following is a continuation of a three-part series by Sara Robinson, published on August 11, 2009 on the Campaign for America blog. At the end of the article; I have added two links, one to an explanation of how hate radio played an important part in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and another to […]

Conspiracy Theories

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from a good friend on the subject of the “internment camps” allegedly built by Halliburton. The link in the e-mail was to an interview featuring Glenn Beck, who was spewing his usual garbage. I told my friend that I couldn’t stand Glenn Beck and she replied that […]


It’s been awhile since I posted anything about the relationship between conservatism and authoritarianism, probably because I was so pleased by the election of President Obama. But I have said before, and I’ll say it again, just because President Obama was elected doesn’t mean that the supporters of John McCain and Sarah Palin are going […]