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Is Obama an Authoritarian?

Stop the ACLU has an interesting article on how the term "authoritarian" has been changed intentionally. This reminds me of the point Jonah Goldberg made in his book "Liberal Fascism."

Among psychologists, the word “authoritarian” has a meaning quite different from how that word is used elsewhere. And thereby hangs a tale.

In normal usage, the word is most used to describe people who boss others around — with government by dictatorship being the extreme case of authoritarianism. But psychologists use it to describe people whom one researcher summed up as “fearful toadies”. There is certainly no evidence that they boss anybody around.
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