Bob Altemeyer


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Robert "Bob" Altemeyer is a retired Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Born in St. Louis, he earned a B.S. at Yale University in 1962 and a Ph.D at Carnegie-Mellon in 1966.

He has written extensively on authoritarianism and refined the theory into the concept (and measure) of Right Wing Authoritarianism. His first book, Right-Wing Authoritarianism, was published in 1981 and reports the results of fifteen years of research on the 'pre-Fascist personality' in North American society.
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The Authoritarians

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Authoritarian Specter

4.64 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 1996
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Amazing Conversions: Why So...

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Enemies of Freedom: Underst...

4.56 avg rating — 9 ratings — published 1988
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Right-Wing Authoritarianism

4.50 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 1981 — 2 editions
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Authoritarian Nightmare: Tr...

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“Once dogmatism turns out the lights, you might as well close up shop as a civilization and pull up the covers as a sentient life form. You get nowhere with unquestioning certainty. It's thinking with your mind wide shut.”
Bob Altemeyer

“Authoritarianism is something authoritarian followers and authoritarian leaders cook up along themselves. It happens when the followers submit too much to the leaders, trust them too much, and give them too much leeway to do whatever they want--which is often something undemocratic, tyrannical and brutal.”
Bob Altemeyer, The Authoritarians

“So do fundamentalists believe in majority rights or minority rights? The answer is, apparently, neither. They'll pull whichever argument suits them out of its file when necessary, but basically they are unprincipled on the issue of school prayer. They have a big double standard that basically says, "Whatever I want is right.”
Bob Altemeyer, The Authoritarians



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