Book Title & Author:
The Authoritarians by Robert Altmeyer
Why do you think the LSSU Campus should read this book? How will it build community? start conversations? encourage social engagement? empower critical thinking? Will it inspire an engaging TEDxLSSU theme?
A working knowledge of Authoritarianism, and how to combat it, is the single most valuable life skill that could be imparted today. There is nothing more essential; further, The Authoritarians is closely argued and researched, and functions therefore as an example of critical thinking that it behooves students to mimic. While it is important to encourage tolerance of different perspectives, authoritarian corruption is one issue on which there is in fact one correct answer; the challenge lies in taking action. For education to have its effect, the chaff of self-deception, doublethink, and fragility must be cleared away- this text is a good means to that end.
Description from publisher’s site:
“This book was written in 2006, halfway through George W. Bush’s second term as president. A great deal was wrong with America then, and I thought the research on authoritarian personalities could explain a lot of it. Since then a new administration has been elected, and although it has had to deal with a very serious economic crisis brought on by others, it is taking steps to correct some of what is wrong.
However, the forces that largely caused the problems have remained on the scene, and are more active today than ever before. As I try to show in the “Comment on the Tea Party Movement” (link to the left), the research findings in this book apply at least as strongly to America today as they did four years ago. Indeed, the events of 2009 and 2010 have confirmed conclusion after conclusion in The Authoritarians. I wrote in 2006 that the authoritarians in America were not going to go away if they lost the 2008 election, that they would be infuriated if a new president tried to carry out his mandate. That has certainly been the case.”
Additional Information: This title is available in Audiobook format, but NOT Kindle.