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Conservatives Without Conscience by John W. Dean
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Jan 15, 08

bookshelves: politics, psychology
Read in January, 2008

This book and its observations are central to discussions of our politics currently, and will be a footnote in retrospectives about this decade of our history.

John Dean, legal counsel to President Richard Milhous Nixon at the time of Watergate, identifies himself with the conservatism of Barry Goldwater, and assesses the drift of today's conservatism towards authoritarianism from the fall of Nixon through the presidency of George W. Bush.

In this book, he makes extensive reference to intriguing psychological studies of authoritarian personalities, both followers and leaders, and identifies "double highs" (personalities combining the traits of the authoritarian follower and the social dominator).

It is an immensely readable commentary on the Bush/Cheney era and the threat it poses to our republic.
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