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. . .
Some talk about the authoritarian personality (Adorno, etc.)
Some talk about reactionaries.
Hofstadter talks about the “paranoid style in American politics.”
They often obtain power beyond their numbers.
Stenner and Haidt conclude that about a third of the population across cultures . . .
As liberal democracy expands, they'll push back against it. They call it the authoritarian dynamic.
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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.
First things first.