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  •  This is what George Lakoff says in his books (10+ / 0-)

    except this guy presents it in a much better (my opinion) and more understandable manner.  Thanks for this.  I've bookmarked it for future reference.  

    Obama should read this diary.  

    I do need to say I'm not convinced that all the authoritarian leaders in Congress and churches, etc., actually have this visceral looniness.  Some of them just know others do and take advantage of it to their own benefit.   OTOH, maybe they are all bat-shit crazy and I just can't get my arms around it...yet.


    The longer I live, the clearer I perceive how unmatchable a compliment one pays when he says of a man "he has the courage to utter his convictions." Mark Twain

    by Persiflage on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 02:03:00 AM PST

    •  visceral looniness (5+ / 0-)

      Hi Perseflage - You are right. That is exactly the case. I didn't spend as much time on it as I probably should have, but Altemeyer does spend a considerable amount of time on the leaders. They're a different breed. The high SDOs are almost the exact opposite of the high RWA followers. They are cold, calculating, not at all religious, amoral . . . and willing to do or say whatever it takes to get control. While the RWA follower is all about being a memember of a group and following whatever the leader says, the high SDOs could care less about the group except that he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep the group happy. The high SDO is highly self-centered and stay cool. All they have to do is throw some red meat to the followers every now and then. Think Dick Cheney.

      Now, the Double Highs are different. They are the really scary ones. The high SDO side of them is just as amoral, cold, calculating as the "regular" high SDOs. But they also got a heavy dose of the RWA dogmatism, religiosity, hypocrisy, compartmentalized thinking, etc. These are nasty people. Think Pat Robertson, Tom DeLay . . .

      The real loonies are the followers. But that's what makes them so dangerous. They will completely uncritically follow their established leadership. Which makes them prime pickings for the high SDOs and Double Highs.

      "With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine." -- RFC 1925

      by lartwielder on Sat Dec 01, 2012 at 03:23:32 PM PST

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    •  No, Lakoff says most of us can be either (0+ / 0-)

      on many issues, depending on how the issue is presented, and the language used.

      That's why Obama's using right-wing language is so counterproductive.  He seems to think that will make them feel cooperative, but it just reinforces their - and many other potential supporters' - tendency to think in the right-wing mode.

      Most people are not cast in cement, either authoritarian or democratic.

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