Chronic Disease

702 Words Apr 21st, 2016 3 Pages
“The Rise of American Authoritarianism” The greatest threat to democracy as a way of life, not just a political arrangement, but as an attitude of mind - is authoritarianism. Authoritarianism is stoked by fear, both rational and irrational, and it looks to a strong punitive leader who promises to use force to end threats by outsiders and persons "not like us." It seeks order and stability at all costs. It subscribes to a command-and-obey or "top down" or hierarchical mentality. This is directly opposed to a democratic or "horizontal" mentality, characterized by openmindness, cooperation, and respect for others as equals.
In the article, “The Rise of American Authoritarianism,” Amanda Taub makes three claims: First, Donald Trump is
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Where did these supporters come from in such numbers, seemingly out of nowhere? Understanding authoritarianism seems to be the key. Taub explains, MacWilliams' research is "not actual dictators, but rather a psychological profile of individual voters that is characterized by a desire for order and a fear of outsiders. People who score high in authoritarianism, when they feel threatened, look for strong leaders who promise to take whatever action necessary to protect them from outsiders and prevent the changes they fear." Surely, that description fits Trump. Soon, MacWilliams connected with Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler, political scientists who in 2009 book essentially predicted the rise of a Trump: "The GOP, by positioning itself as the party of traditional values and law and order, had unknowingly attracted what would turn out to be a vast and previously bipartisan population of Americans with authoritarian tendencies." Namely, America already has a three party system: Democrats, the GOP establishment and GOP authoritarians. if Trump were to lose the nomination, his authoritarian supporters would remain.
That leads to the need to understand what it is that motivates authoritarianism. What is it that translates latent views about child-rearing into a
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