Trump And The Authoritarian Personality

2/29/16, by Clement Pulaski


In what is quickly becoming a new subgenre, Vox has published yet another article trying to explain why Donald Trump's presidential campaign is so successful. While most of these articles tend to be rather dull and lacking insight, the Vox article entitled The best predictor of Trump support isn't income, education, or age. It's authoritarianism is worthy of note.

The article is clearly following in the footsteps of the landmark Jewish “study” published as The Authoritarian Personality in 1950. This study, which was funded by the American Jewish Committee, gave the deranged Freudian-Marxist theories of the Frankfurt School a scientific veneer. The study claimed that support for patriotism, the traditional family, law and order, and a capitalist work ethic all sprang from the flawed “authoritarian personality”. After tracing support for traditional values to a personality disorder rather than conscious ideological choices, the Jews attempted to label all proponents of tradition as mentally imbalanced. (For an extended analysis of The Authoritarian Personality, see pages 107-119 of my book Weep Over Jerusalem).

The first thing to note about the liberal demonization of “authoritarian” traits is that several of these traits are actually quite positive. One might describe the authoritarian personality as “steadfast”, “prudent”, “loyal” and “possessing moral clarity”. The “authoritarian” traits of respecting order and clearly distinguishing between friend and enemy are necessary for building civilized societies. They have only been demonized by perverted Jewish Freudians because these Jews want to destroy traditional Western Civilization and they know that “authoritarian” whites are the biggest impediment to achieving this goal.

In the Vox article, author Matthew MacWilliams writes:

A voter’s gender, education, age, ideology, party identification, income, and race simply had no statistical bearing on whether someone supported Trump. Neither, despite predictions to the contrary, did evangelicalism. Here is what did: authoritarianism, by which I mean Americans’ inclination to authoritarian behavior. When political scientists use the term authoritarianism, we are not talking about dictatorships but about a worldview. People who score high on the authoritarian scale value conformity and order, protect social norms, and are wary of outsiders. And when authoritarians feel threatened, they support aggressive leaders and policies… Individuals with a disposition to authoritarianism demonstrate a fear of "the other" as well as a readiness to follow and obey strong leaders. They tend to see the world in black-and-white terms. They are by definition attitudinally inflexible and rigid. And once they have identified friend from foe, they hold tight to their conclusions.

If we are to believe the data cited by MacWilliams, then the Trump phenomenon is the result of much more than surface frustration with current policy.

In place of the authoritarian ideal, the Jews have promoted the soft, the infantile, the neurotic, and the muddle-headed. The Jews have been remarkably successful at relegating and subduing authoritarian traits. Jew-run Hollywood consistently presents authoritarians as being either uncool or downright psychotic. It is therefore no surprise that the millions of Americans who possess these traits are rallying to the first candidate in decades who has unabashedly embraced an authoritarian style. Authoritarian Americans have grown up being told by the media and the public school system that their values and instincts are evil and depraved. This explains why support for Trump has been like a flood released by bursting dam.

Trump's authoritarian style also helps to explain why his support is so broad. If, as the author of the Vox author claims, authoritarian traits do not match exactly with conscious ideological commitments, then it make senses that Trump is drawing a “diverse” group of supporters. It seems safe to assume that these authoritarian traits will show up in Northeastern union workers who usually vote Democrat as well as in more typical Republican demographic groups like white Southerners. Trump's authoritarian appeal also helps to clarify the problem of whether or not Trump is a “real conservative”. It seems that Trump held rather liberal social views up until relatively recently. This has been seized upon by some of his Republican critics who claim that he is some sort of secret Democrat deliberately pushing the Republican party to the far right in order to ensure a Clinton victory in November. A more likely explanation is that Trump has always been a real authoritarian, and that he now sees the Republican party as the most likely vehicle for political success. I doubt very seriously that Trump is sincere in his support for traditional marriage or opposition to abortion; but I do not doubt his sincerity when he loudly proclaims his desire to harshly deal with all of our enemies, foreign and domestic.

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