Friday, October 07, 2005

The Pathologizing Personality   posted by dobeln @ 10/07/2005 01:40:00 AM

“Are there large numbers of covertly “fascistic” people in the U.S.?” asks PolSci professor Alan Wolfe over at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Or, put in a more academic fashion, should the old Frankfurterian study “The Authoritarian Personality” be rehabilitated? Wolfe proceeds to answer in the affirmative. And how could one come to any other conclusion, considering the facts presented by Alan?

- Carl Ford Jr., a former head of intelligence within the U.S. State Department, once called John Bolton "a quintessential kiss-up, kick-down sort of guy."

- Sen. John Cornyn stated: “There are some activities so flagrantly un-American that, when responsible officials won't take the proper steps, the wide-awake citizen should take the law into his own hands."

- House Majority Leader Tom DeLay is in difficulty for his close ties to lobbyists like Jack Abramoff.

Clearly, only a pathological authoritarian could remain unconvinced of the rise of American Fascism after being presented with such an overwhelming body of empirical evidence!

More background here.