Authoritarians For Trump?
Posted by Dave
The term “authoritarian” used to describe a leadership style. Mostly it was used to describe a particular regime, and could be modified to determine whether the leadership was a “traditional authoritarian” or “bureaucratic-military, or even perhaps “corporatist.” There is even such a thing as a “post-totalitarian.” The point is that all of these definitions and modifications described a leadership regime and to lesser degree the personality of the people who constituted said leadership regime.
But, that definition has changed.
As far as we can tell, it was changed in the late 2000’s by a University of Manitoba Psychology Professor who instead applied the term not to the leadership of a given regime, but to those who support such a regime or such a leader.
Why does this matter? In the attempt to answer Yossasrian’s question, “Why is Hitler?*” the media and pundits on both sides have struggled to explain why one particular candidate is leading, but his lead seems to be growing by the day, despite the kind of missteps and outrages that would have ended any other candidate in history, with the exception of Hillary Clinton.
The reality is that there is an explanation for the existence as a viable candidate of Trump and others like him, including Bernie sanders, but neither side wants to face that reality.
In the meanwhile, the definition of authoritarian have shifted and is now being used to try and explain the Trump lead. The Republicans could take steps to change things if, as we are told, they really don’t want him. But instead, they continue to shoot themselves in the foot by trying to prove that the new definition is correct.
About DaveTalk Show host, lifelong Baseball and Star Trek fan, US Navy Submariner and Fire Control Technician (Ballistic Missile) 1st Class Petty Officer (Submarine Qualified), Dave is married with four daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren plus one on the way. He resides quietly in Manteca, CA, where he records his podcast, Plausibly Live, three days a week. He also writes for several other blogs and as a "Stay at home Dad" plays a lot of games with his son. Dave loves books, history and is learning to weld and drive a forklift. Just for fun. Dave is also a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans and a Member of the US Submarine Veterans.
Posted on January 20, 2016, in 2016 Presidential, Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, News & Notes and tagged Authoritarian, Authoritarianism, 2016, Catch-22, Yossarian, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, University of Manitoba, Bob Altemeyer, South Carolina, Freedom of the Press, 1st Amendment, State Representati. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.