Right-wing authoritarianism

trump_2018-07-15_13-54-57.pngRight-wing authoritarianism – Wikipedia – The concept of right-wing authoritarianism was introduced in 1981 by Canadian-American psychologist Bob Altemeyer[2] as a refinement of the authoritarian personality theory originally pioneered by University of California, Berkeley researchers Theodor W. Adorno, Else Frenkel-Brunswik, Daniel Levinson and Nevitt Sanford.[3] After extensive questionnaire research and statistical analysis, Altemeyer found that only three of the original nine hypothesized components of the model correlated together: authoritarian submission, authoritarian aggression and conventionalism. Researchers have traditionally assumed that there was just one kind of authoritarian personality, who could be either a follower or a leader. The discovery that followers and leaders are usually different types of authoritarians is based on research done by Sam McFarland.[4] Right-wing authoritarianism is measured by the RWA scale, which uses a Likert scale response. The first scored item on the scale states: “Our country desperately needs a mighty leader who will do what has to be done to destroy the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us”. People who strongly agree with this are showing a tendency toward authoritarian submission (“Our country desperately needs a mighty leader”), authoritarian aggression (“who will do what has to be done to destroy”) and conventionalism (“the radical new ways and sinfulness that are ruining us”).[5]

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