Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:55 AM
noel711 (2,177 posts)
John Dean on Scottie Walker: Authoritarian times 10!
OPen your eyes, dear people of Wisconsin. This case is a litmus test for our country also,
as this is the caliber of leadership jocking for power in Washington...
From JOhn Dean, an expert, both experiencially and scholarly on authoritarian politicians:
"In my last column, I asked if Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker might be a conservative without conscience. Stated a bit differently, my question is whether the Governor is what social science describes as a “double high authoritarian,” an outlook that has proven itself not to be particularly well-suited for governing in a democratic fashion. I raised this question because Walker is facing a recall vote, in which voters will decide whether to remove him from office, on June 5.
... many people responded to my Twitter solicitation of information about Walker. Surprisingly, to date, no one has written a truly in-depth biographical profile of Walker, so I suspect that Wisconsin voters really do not know much about their governor.
Typologies have their problems. But based on what I found, there is little doubt in my mind that Scott Walker is a classic authoritarian.
If I lived in Wisconsin, I would be uncomfortable with this man, whom I find more Nixonian than even Richard Nixon himself (the authoritarian leader with whom I was, and am, so very familiar).
Please understand that these authoritarian leaders and their followers are not necessarily bad people. To the contrary, I have many friends who fall into this group, who are wonderful people. But none of my double high authoritarian friends are suited to serve as President of the United States, or as governor of any state—posts which have never worked well when an authoritarian has taken charge. Democracy and democratic institutions do not function well with dogmatic, unbending authoritarian leaders. Authoritarians are great as dictators, and even at times benevolent. They are often outstanding at running businesses, and when serving as high-ranking officers in the military, not to mention law enforcement. But they are failures as presidents and governors, and as Bob Altemeyer’s work has shown, they can be dangerous to democracy.
Hopefully, one or more social scientists or political psychologists in Wisconsin, where there are many, will step forward and tell the people of Wisconsin more about what they have on their hands, with Scott Walker as their governor. In fact, the June 5, 2012 election is a true opportunity to discourage another leader who is a conservative without conscience, for these leaders always have a healthy following. Altemeyer estimates that about twenty-five percent of the population has, in varying degrees, the disposition to follow a double high authoritarian, many blindly or simply because it assuages their fears. And, of course, these are aggressive followers who can attract others who are unaware of the nature of the person they are electing, thus enabling an authoritarian leader like Walker to gain ever-growing control."
Good luck, Wisconsin.
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Response to noel711 (Original post)
Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:51 AM
longship (33,395 posts)
1. I love Dean
Saw him speak in CA when Conservatives Without Conscience was released. His talk was riveting, as is his book, which I've read more than once.
He's a true patriot who's very concerned about today's Republicans.
Response to noel711 (Original post)
Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:20 PM
mojowork_n (2,341 posts)
2. The jury's still out on
whether the Wanker is a 'good person' who just happens to be a double high
authoritarian (like those poor unfortunates who are lactose intolerant, or
the ones who have to gobble BEAN-O tablets by the handful every time they
want to eat a burrito), or whether he's a total, out-and-out, habitual fraud.
Here in Wisconsin, we know that while still an underclassman at Marquette,
the University stepped in and made Snotty Scotty withdraw as a candidate
for student body office, because he was caught cheating, violating the rules
of conduct by which campaigns were supposed to be run.
There's no reason given, but Walker never did graduate from Marquette,
even though he was just a few credits short. (Many of us here wonder if
it's because he was kicked out of school, for more unspecified cheating,
so he'll never be able to get a diploma.)
He's currently looking like the top candidate to BE "john doe" in the John
Doe investigation that the Milwaukee County district attorney's been
running, that's so far tallied 15 separate fraud indictments. All of that was
for the (too) many years Wanker spent as Milwaukee County's Executive.
As the governor of this state, he's the guy who's claimed not to know anything
about a secret wireless laptop network in his office, on which his (now already)
indicted staffers could conduct private, Republican Party business -- while being
paid by the state of Wisconsin. The router hub for that surreptitious laptop
network was (I'm not sure, maybe) 30 or so feet from the door (?), but he's
loudly protested he knew nothing about it....
...the final chapters of the Snotty Scotty story have yet to be written, but
let's hope it plays itself out sooner, rather than later. I haven't had time to
double-check the details, but I think a whole Lot of Wisconsinites know about
all of this. We're just waiting for the long arm of the law to finally slip the cuffs
on his wrists, and haul him off to the big house.
Response to mojowork_n (Reply #2)
Fri Apr 6, 2012, 03:32 PM
noel711 (2,177 posts)
3. And today he repeals equal pay for equal work..
What is it that compells thinking women to support him?
AND what is behind this tyrannical spate of republican governors thinking
they've been elected God?
I'm here in Pennsylvania, where Corbett is pulling all manner
of shyte (just recently he cut funding for autism education and care,
AND funding to help mental health patients ...
and we all know he's one of Sandusky's buddies.)
I know all about ALCE, Koch brothers,
but the curtain hiding the little man has been drawn back..
the emperor's 'new clothing' has been exposed...
and STILL they dick around with the people?
Must we just lie back, and think of England while
they have their ways with us?