Who’s actually setting the agenda for this election cycle so that even those who oppose them spend most of their time responding to their agenda and actions? It’s the authoritative personalities, the religiously addicted, and the politicians who court them.
Approximately 20-23% of Americans fit the definition of being authoritarians according to researchers who’ve studied these personalities since World War II. Authoritarians value obedience to authority as the most effective way to deal with their fears, can’t live with ambiguity, need clear structure and certainty, perceive threats all around them, and believe that domination of others is a way to control reality.
In addition, the overwhelming conclusion of 70 years of research is that authoritarians are consistently followers of right-wing, but not left-wing, ideology. Those who score highest on its authoritarian scale are by and large right-wing conservatives because authoritarian personalities are those who submit to “established authorities” - the psychologically affirming “proper,” “legitimate” leaders and institutions of what they consider the true establishment.
Authoritarians are intolerant of criticism of their authorities and show “general aggressiveness,” even harm, toward others when they believe it’s sanctioned by these authorities. They also have very compartmentalized minds that can keep them from reflecting on their activities....
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including his, in this issue, saying that we must go beyond just calling bigots hypocrites - the religion itself has to be held accountable. He names names and is right: 'What we’re seeing is the heart of what right-wing religion itself really is, not merely hypocrisy.'"
-- Letter to the Editor in the Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 18 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
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Desmond M. Clarke: "Religious Belief, Fundamentalism, and Intolerance" (January 16, 2016)
"In many western democracies today, the defensive strategies of churches—to protect their members from ‘contamination’ by non-members—are limited to demands for separate schools, in which they can indoctrinate those who had been made members involuntarily soon after their birth. Peaceful non-engagement with other citizens has replaced civil war. Those who still endorse the logic of Aquinas and Calvin, however, are not restrained by the uncertainty of their convictions. For them, the Kalashnikov is the modern equivalent of burning at the stake. Technology changes; poor philosophy survives in the closed minds of religious fundamentalists."
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Minor Writing on Love, Dating, and Relationships
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Is it “bad” to miss someone you love? Are there really any emotions that we feel that we should regret?
Our society certainly trains us to devalue certain feelings, to consider them “bad” in the hope of providing us with stuff that will take them away. It’s a moneymaking approach since the stuff to change feelings is usually sold to us, and often addictive.
Our culture even has defined what feelings we shouldn’t have, or, at least, admit we have....
Emotions in themselves are no more than feelings meant to be felt. We can choose whether to act, base our thinking on, or make decisions on the basis of those feelings.
Those emotions society tells us are “bad” and we shouldn’t have, are important....
more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "Let's No Longer Feel Bad About How We Feel"
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