Have you got an ‘authoritarian personality’? Are you receptive to fascist ideas?
Many try and intellectualise what makes a person become attracted to ideologies or religions that demand allegence to a strong dictator figure or authority. What makes someone join an organization like the All-Polish Youth?
If you study sociology or politics then you might have heard of Theodor Adorno (photo), the main theorist of the Marxist Frankfurt School. He was one of a number of Jewish Marxist intellectuals who found themselves as exiles in the US during and after WW II.
Much of their work tried to explain the rise of fascism and nazism in Europe. Adorno’s most famous work, The Authoritarian Personality was yet another attempt to merge Freud with Marx. The results, I think, were a bit of a dog’s dinner (something to do with your relationship with your dad, or something) but very influential for a while.
Some people have tried to explain the rise of religious fundamentalism (and suicide bombing) using Adorno’s method.
So, are you a possible suicide bomber or fascist? Have you got a personality that desires a strong hand to guide you, as it were? Do you love Big Brother?
Take the F-scale test here and find out. Warning: some of the questions are a bit odd.
It said I was a ‘liberal airhead’. I am not a liberal airhead...honest!
Saturday, June 10, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 6/10/2006