Dennis Prager interviews John Dean (yes, that one) about his new Adorno-inspired (yes, that one) book, "Conservatives Without Conscience". The companion phrenology volume, "Conservatives With Prominent Destructiveness Lobes", will be released no later than Spring 1873.
I post this MP3 to use new server space, because it's a fun conversation, and to highlight this great moment in scientism that caught my ear:
DP: So what does it mean, can you give a thumbnail sketch of what you mean by "authoritarian"?The inventor of authoritarianism, Theodor Adorno, is most famous for his 1950 book "The Authoritarian Personality" and the "F Scale". See the famous witch-dunking scene from Monty Python's The Holy Grail for further details on methodology.
JD: Yes, I can, there are two types of authoritarians. There are authoritarian followers, often dubbed in the social sciences as right-wing authoritarian followers -- that's based on testing, uh, anonymous testing, uh, the databases that i've relied on are, are remarkably extensive --
DP: Yeah, but that's not a definition, that's just telling us that --
JD: Hold on, I'm laying predicates before I give you definitions. Ahh, what you have with the authoritarian personality who is a follower is a person who is easily submissive to an authority figure, or an authority concept. They are very aggressive once they submit to that authority --
DP: How about "non-questioning obedience", is that a fair one-sentence definition? Non-questioning obedience to an authority figure?
JD: Well,I've seen descriptions like that; that's less than precise for purposes of testing people, ummm... Maybe for descriptive purposes that works but, I try to rely on hard sciences.
Or, take the test here. It's set in a vanished time, but it's still fun. I got a perfect F-Score of 3.6 -- add your own in comments.
By the way, you can subscribe to Prager's podcast here. (As authoritarian personalities who believe that nothing worth having is achieved without suffering, they don't make it easy to find out how to get the feed. Be warned.)