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It never resolves. The divide never fully goes away.
We push forward; reactionaries push back.

What I leaned from history and political psychologists is that the fight for democracy is a struggle that never really ends. . .

Different political scientists describe the phenomena differently.

Some talk about the authoritarian personality (Adorno, etc.)

Some talk about reactionaries.

Hofstadter talks about the “paranoid style in American politics.”

Hofstadter surveyed American history and concluded that a paranoid fringe has always existed on the far ends of the spectrum.

They often obtain power beyond their numbers.

Stenner and Haidt conclude that about a third of the population across cultures . . .

. . . possesses a personality that can never feel comfortable in a liberal democracy. (See this reading list for some of these authors and works: terikanefield-blog.com/recommended-bo… )

As liberal democracy expands, they'll push back against it. They call it the authoritarian dynamic.

When we get past the current crisis, we have to find a better way of dealing with the anti-democratic element.

For more, start reading here:

There are political psychologists with good ideas about how to better deal with those with an authoritarian disposition. When Trump is no longer president, I'll be tweeting about this more.

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