Monday, July 17, 2006

Dark Sun is Too Modest

Dark Sun » John Dean on Authoritarianism:

After you view the clip, go to Dark Sun and read the whole damn thing. It's seminal.

Crooks and Liars has posted an amazing absolutely must-see clip of an interview of former White House Counselor (under Nixon) John Dean by Keith Olberman of MSNBC in which he discusses his new book Conservatives Without a Conscience which I intend to read as soon as I make into a book store later this week.

Dean began working on this book in 1994 after speaking with his old friend Barry Goldwater, who was dismayed at the direction the Republican Party began to take after both the House and Senate were taken under the mantle of the Newt Gingerich “Contract with America.” As Dean explains to Olberman:

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 a 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 of the testing were people who had been prequalified to be conservatives, and then they found that this, indeed, fit with the authoritarian personality.

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