The purpose of this blog is to expose political lies and the people who do the lying. But it's always perplexed me why so many americans believe these lies, even those that are so outlandish.
In trying to understand this phenomenon, I've run across this little book. It's the summary of years of psychological research by a Canadian Bob Altemeyer, of the University of Manitoba. It's an easy and pleasant read, and Bob does a good job of keeping what could be a very dry subject interesting. And it's a free PDF download!
The book helped me to understand "Authoritarian Followers" and how they think, and why they are a natural fit with the conservative movement.
As I read this book I started to wonder if Mr. Altemeyer was biased in his political leanings, since you will quickly come to the conclusion that the "Authoritarian Followers" he is studying are quite a menace to a free society. So I read as much about him as I could find and he seems to be a legitimate, thorough researcher. He may show his political leanings in the book, but his research seems completely un-biased. You, of course, should read this book with a skeptical eye, as you should for everything you read on the internet.
For anyone striving to understand conservatives and how to engage with them, I highly recommend this book.