Category Archives: Authoritarianism

Authoritarianism describes a form of government characterized by strict obedience to the authority of the state, which often maintains and enforces social control through the use of oppressive measures. The term may also be used to describe the personality or management style of an individual or organization which seeks to dominate those within its sphere of influence and has little regard for building consensus.

Use of this category typically indicates other categories, like National Security, also apply.

Tracking the Growth of American Authoritarianism

“Can There Really Be Fascist People In A Democracy?”
Fascism in America

Since the 1971 Powell Memo, America has moved closer and closer to Fascism.

 

Destroying America’s Soul – The Devil’s Budget

In his latest article, George Lakoff discusses how The Devils Budget proposed by the opponents to President Obama will eventually destroy the soul of our democracy by defunding all of its Public infrastructure: public protection, public empowerment, public education, public … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Plan for a Koch Brothers’ America – Update to The Powell Plan

Just over a year ago, I wrote a post about The Powell Memo. This memo has been referred to by others like Henry Giroux and Richard Wolff. This memo, by Lewis F. Powell and dated August 23, 1971, was a … Continue reading

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The Aurora, Colorado, Shootings – Fear Based Gun Ownership Fulfills an Authoritarian Need to Severely Punish Those Not Like Them

Those most likely to become authoritarians (social dominators or followers) are raised from a young age in a strict-father environment where violent punishment is used aggressively. And, according to James Dobson, the sooner it is applied, the better. Dread of … Continue reading

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Our Empathy and Education Deficits – Nurtured by Right-wing Authoritarians, But Beatable

The two deficits, their causes, and solutions summarized below from writings by former Senator Barack Obama and Professor Henry Giroux, author of many books including Zombie Politics and Casino Capitalism, are much more critical to America’s future than the deficit … Continue reading

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Authoritarian War on Women – Who’s Going to Stop American Authoritarianism?

The American Warfare State Is Bringing an End to American Democracy … In my post, Authoritarian Control Requires War, a War Mentality, Enemies, and a Vivid Imagination, I listed the various, mostly real, and a few imaginary wars started by … Continue reading

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The Four Fundamentalisms of America’s Authoritarian State – Threats to Our Democracy

The excerpts below are from a recent article by Henry Giroux, author of Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism, who discusses the major fundamentalisms of our growing authoritarian state. But first, my two cents: There is … Continue reading

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The 2012 Authoritarian Strategy and How Democrats Could Lose The Presidency

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics at UC Berkeley, has published an article called The Santorum Strategy. Here are some excerpts if you don’t have time for the whole article: …The Republican presidential campaign is about a lot more than the … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Control Requires War, a War Mentality, Enemies, and a Vivid Imagination

WAR … WAR … WAR … WAR I guess the authoritarian wars began in 1971 when President Nixon launched the war on drugs to combat the heroine addictions of our Vietnam veterans. This 40 year war has not been won … Continue reading

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“Double High” Authoritarian Gingrich – Reducing Checks and Balances to Support the ONE%

A Newt 2012 Position Paper – Compiled from previous writings of and paid for by Newt Gingrich: Looks like what Newt is proposing is to reduce the power and protections of the judicial branch of our government in favor of … Continue reading

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America’s Growing Authoritarian Police State Revealed by Response to OWS

In three previous articles, I have discussed the growing American police state. This police state is supported by an authoritarian worldview and is promoted by the “bad barrel” structure of today’s police departments. In a recent article by former Police … Continue reading

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What is of Greater Concern than the Military-industrial Complex?

In a posting from August 2006, I provided a table on the traits of the authoritarian personalities: Leaders and Followers. This same table was reposted in a December 2010 posting about the Tea Party. In January 2009, my posting included … Continue reading

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Rick Perry – Future Commnader-in-Chief?

In my previous post, I stated: Domestic terrorism from the evangelical, government-is-evil, right-wing authoritarians (RWA) could start a second American Civil War … Based on the various conservative-without-conscience, authoritarian, strict-father, statements by the governor of the single-party state of Texas, … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring and America’s Winter – Where the Authoritarians Are Taking Us, If We Let Them

In several Arab countries, citizens have been demonstrating and demanding their authoritarian governments be replaced with a democratic form of government. In America, citizens have ceded control of their democracy to a hateful minority of right-wing authoritarians. As democracy is … Continue reading

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We Have A REVENUE Problem – Just Look at Our History

At the end of WWII, our national debt was almost 120 percent of our GDP, higher than today. For the 35 years after the war, we not only paid for significant infrastructure like the interstate highway system, dams for electricity, … Continue reading

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Where are the Authoritarians Taking America – Same Place as Texas, SC, WI?

Will the country default by not raising the debt limit? The consensus, which is growing but does not include the political ‘adolescents’ in the Tea Party, is no, we won’t. It’s too dangerous. The real question is why are we … Continue reading

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Authoritarian Plan to End American Democracy – The Powell Memo

While reading Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism by Henry Giroux, I learned about another element of America’s growing authoritarianism – The Powell Memo, by Lewis F. Powell on August 23, 1971. Mr. Giroux makes the … Continue reading

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The “Empathy Deficit” and the Growth of American Authoritarianism

The following is a letter I sent to President Obama via their contact page at the White House. In 2006, you spoke about the “empathy deficit.” You said, “There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. … Continue reading

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Authoritarians – The Hyper Dead, Still Alive as Avatars of Death and Cruelty?

Listed below is a portion of the introduction for Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism by Dr. Henry A. Giroux. This book is a good update for the authoritarianism which John Dean discussed in Conservatives Without … Continue reading

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Republican Senators – Shameless, Spineless, or Without Conscience?

RE: Most Republican Senators voted yesterday to pass the Paul Ryan Budget Plan for the wealthy. Tonight, I sent the following note to Texas Senator Cornyn, who voted for the plan: Transferring more wealth to the top 2 percent by … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich – President of the United States?

Newt Gingrich is the Ayman al-Zawahiri of the Republican Party. Both are

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Social Dominance Authoritarians – Rule By Fearful Fantasies

In 2006, John Dean wrote this about neoconservatives in his book Conservatives Without Conscience: Neoconservatives are a relatively small group of social dominance authoritarians, with significant, if not disproportionate, influence. Dean also stated that, “Neoconservatism first surfaced in the public … Continue reading

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Violence Against Americans by Americans – Individual Action Is Only Part of the Story

Individual actions result from the influences of many factors. This is referred to as “systemic causation.” Some factors are genetic but many are external: parents, spouses, siblings, other relatives, friends, scout leaders, religious leaders, teachers, bosses, books, movies, radio, TV, … Continue reading

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The Hypothetical Left/Center/Right Scale – Has The Republican Party Become Extremist?

In E. J. Dionne’s Where the ‘No Labels’ movement falls short, he states: The truth is that the American right is much farther from anything that can fairly be described as “the center” than is the left. [This is actually … Continue reading

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The Tea Party – The “Masses” for American Authoritarianism

In 2003, Laurence W. Britt, reviewed seven national regimes which followed the “fascist or protofascist model in obtaining, expanding, and maintaining power.” From his study, he developed fourteen basic characteristics or “common threads that link them in recognizable patterns of … Continue reading

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Analysis of the Tea Party – Loyal Right-wing Authoritarian Followers

Professor Robert Altemeyer of the University of Manitoba collaborated with John Dean on Dean’s book Conservatives Without Conscience (CWC), which I have referenced often. Professor Altemeyer has also written an on-line book about

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Ron Paul Is Right – He Just Didn’t Fully Describe Who’s at Fault.

RE: Ron Paul to Sunshine Patriots: Stop Your Demagogy About The NYC Mosque!,   Representative Paul, I think John Dean, former counsel for Richard Nixon’s White House, best described those inflicting this insult on the nation as “Conservatives WIthout Conscience” – also … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 8-23-2010

  Tax Cuts for the Super Rich – Republicans and conservative Democrats have rejected every suggestion that we do more to avoid deep cuts in public services and help the ailing economy, but are eager to cut checks averaging $3 … Continue reading

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Reality and Howard Dean’s Hopeful Optimism

Governor Dean, Your optimism is admirable relative to achieving a compromise between those that have such strong ‘feelings’ over the civic center in NY. However, history shows that right-wing authoritarians (RWA), not just their leaders, don’t compromise. They do not … Continue reading

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Harry’s Hysteria – Going Over to the Dark Side

Senator Reid, Have you been punked by the Republicans – like so many Democrats have been? Their right-wing authoritarian minions have been controlling the media with their week-after-week of fear mongering and Democrats just line up with the hysterical right … Continue reading

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2010 Midterms – Are We Going to Continue Our National Legalized Trickle-up Ponzi Scheme?

This posting was inspired by an article at Rational Revolution. It takes another look at the disproportionate shift in income to the mega and ultra rich, the disproportionate tax breaks for the mega and ultra rich, and the creation of … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/8/2010

  Fox News Got Man Worked Up to Make Death Threat According to His Mother – Gregory Giusti was arrested Wednesday afternoon for threatening Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over recent healthcare legislation. His 83-year-old mother blames Fox News … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 4/2/2010

  Doctor Refuses To Treat Obama Supporters – Florida urologist Jack Cassell posted a sign on his office door reading, “If you voted for Obama … seek urologic care elsewhere. Changes to your health care begin right now, not in … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/26/2010

But, first a thought on the future: Voting is like driving a car … Choose (D) to move forward, Or (R) to go backward. The above is from a bumper sticker I saw. And now, the Bad Deeds:   Lousy … Continue reading

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Amazing – Health Care Passes!!!!!!!!!

Earlier this evening, Frank Schaeffer in his latest blog posting, predicted this moment. Being the eternal pessimist, I was surprised when it happened. The right-wing authoritarians, all 212 of them, have failed to block the correction of America’s biggest human … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/19/2010

  Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership President is No Rocket Scientist – Voicing concern about the cancellation of NASA’s troubled Constellation program, Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership president Bob Mitchell said the following at a luncheon at the new Holiday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds Special: Top Ten Rick Perry Failures

  Top Ten Rick Perry Failures – Rick Perry’s calculated political pandering has divided Texans, threatened our progress, and kept Texas from fulfilling its true potential as a national leader. Texans have paid the price for the “Pay to Play” … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for: 3/8/2010

  Republicans Oppose Law to Ban Physical Abuse of Children in Schools – The House of Representatives last week passed the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which for the first time sets minimum national standards for practices the use seclusion … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 3/4/2010

  It’s Official: Republicans Plan to Use More Fear for Upcoming Elections – The Republican National Committee plans to raise money this election cycle through an aggressive campaign capitalizing on “fear” of President Barack Obama and a promise to “save … Continue reading

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Stop the Activist Supreme Court – Restore The Constitutional Powers of We the People

Corporations can’t got to prison for illegal actions. We the people can. We the people are left with PACs and what we can contribute to them to influence our elected representatives. Corporations are now their own PACs with their own … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/19/2010

  U.S. Military Weapons Inscribed With ‘Jesus’ Bible Codes – Coded references to New Testament Bible passages about Jesus Christ are inscribed on high-powered rifle sights provided to the United States military by a Michigan company. The sights are used … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/14/2010

  Rush Limbaugh Says: ‘We’ve Already Donated To Haiti, It’s Called US Income Tax’ – Well, it didn’t take long for conservative Rush Limbaugh to use the crisis in Haiti to attack President Obama politically. On his radio show yesterday … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/12/2010

  The Falsehoods of the Conservative Noise Machine vs. Reality Conservatives make a lot of noise in hope that if they shout loud enough and often enough, you’ll believe it’s true. Well, the American people aren’t buying it. Here are … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/11/2010

  32,000 Leading Scientists? Not Actually. – 32,000 leading scientists signed a petition against global warming? Is that really true? Well, no…. Some of these “leading scientists” have names like Hawkeye Pierce and Ginger Spice. Some are veterinarians or dentists. … Continue reading

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Bad Deeds for 1/8/2010

  Mr. 9/11 Forgets 9/11 (and other terror attempts) – Rudy Giuliani has joined fellow Republicans Dana Perino and Mary Matalin in seeming to forget that the September 11th attacks (and other attempted attacks) happened under President Bush. On “Good … Continue reading

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Welcome To Joe Lieberman’s Health Care Plan – It’s As Ugly as Him, But Maybe With Age … ?

Thanks to Senator Joe Lieberman and other conservatives without conscience (Also known as right-wing authoritarians and tea baggers), we have a health care bill that is more to the liking of health insurance companies than to the majority of Americans. … Continue reading

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