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Authoritarians and the Bush Administration - John Dean

Complete program at: Former Nixon aide John Dean discusses the concept of the authoritarian personality and how it relates to the current Bush Administration. He also theorizes on its possible implications for the ongoing War on Terror. ----- John Dean discusses "Conservatives Without Conscience." Over a decade ago, John W. Dean, a former White House counsel, and the late Arizona Senator Barry M. Goldwater began a joint inquiry into what was happening to conservatism. At the time, the movement was first becoming increasingly radical, religious, and self-righteous. When Senator Goldwater's health precluded his continued work on their planned book, the project was set aside. But Dean did not stop searching for answers to their questions, particularly the failed effort by conservative Republicans to overturn the 1996 presidential election by impeaching President Clinton. Dean's interest is in understanding why conservative Republicans are doing what they are doing, and he found the striking explanation for the behavior of contemporary conservatives in the empirical studies of social scientists, who have been studying authoritarianism since World War II.
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