Authoritarian Followers


Albert Camus

"The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance’"

Albert Camus

Algerian-French philosopher, author, and journalist



We see madmen and women strutting their control and power. We witness governments totally committed to their own ends with not a care for those they allegedly represent. We see people in places of so called power wielding like a psychopath. One could definitely say that most of these people are sociopths and psychopaths in varying degrees. The few who hold and demonstrate empathy for thise working with and under them are the exception, not the rule.

Yet beyond these obviously very sicj human beings there are a multitude of people, ordinary people who happily go along with, support and cheer lead those weilding their unedifying and let us face it, illegal power. We'll deal with the illegality in another section. These people are made up of those either willfully ignorant, utterly ignorant or just happy to follow the crowd (parocially called sheeple). When under the control of those in power we can see through historical reference, that they will do pretty much anything to please their masters. All the time believing they are living free and unhindered lives. The reality is they are the worst example of slaves to a system and as we have experienced recently, perfectly willing to 'shop' their neighbours who refrain from complying with whatever illegal mandate is spread.

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Authoritarian Followers

The Black Dove

When the world falls towards despair, fear and despondency the black dove takes flight, showing all is possible, leading the way to transcend every obstacle and regain freedom.

A reminder we are all susceptible to becoming an authoritarian follower when we give our power away frivolously

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Nothing is ever just black and white

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Wh Auden

"Propaganda is a monologue that is not looking for an answer but an echo"

WH Auden


Authoritarian Followers

The beginning of this lecture will show you precisely what authoritarian followers do and behave and glimpse what those that do not respond to

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The Authoritarians by Bob Altemeyer

A stupendous piece of literature (over 9 hrs) read by the author
 For ease of listening here are some handy go to spots:
3:16 Introduction
18:19 CH1 Who Are The Authoritarian Followers?
1:35:45 CH2 The Roots of Authoritarian Aggression and Authoritarianism Itself
2:22:46 CH3 How Authoritarians Think
3:28:28 CH4 Authoritarian Followers and Religious Fundamentalism
5:09:00 CH5 Authoritarian Leaders
6:26:40 CH6 Authoritarianism and Politics
7:16:00 CH7 What's To Be Done?
8:25:46 Postcript Regarding the 2008 Election

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Jonathan Trapman

Jonathan L Trapman is an author, creative writer and photojournalist who has spent the better part of his 45 odd years in public life, learning from his personal experiences, sharing them, listening to others, whose lives have allowed him to open his own mind to a beauty, even within horror, that is transforming and empowering. His written work endeavors to convey, through true tales and fiction, impressions thus garnered. Dreams and Realities can be purchased (signed by the author if wanted) here.

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