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Sun Jan 12, 2014, 09:04 PM

Chris Christie is a symptom...

His promotion to a leadership position is a symptom of human nature's insistence to defer to authoritarianism.

It's actually a form of intellectual laziness at play. That brute force could be effective in running a society with positive ends. The problem is that people who think this way are quick to dismiss any potential problems from putting those authoritarians in charge.

And don't disregard the tribalism aspect of this issue. When people are willing to promote authoritarian leaders they fully expect those leaders to punish those that they dislike on behalf of themselves. If the leader becomes generally problemactic, incompent or corrupt, these intellectual dullards and partisans will be first to defend and excuse the behavior.

Authoritarian leaders become more problematic and ill-equipped to govern and effectively lead, given the larger the organization.

There is unwillingness to properly assess the overall negative impact of authoritarian leadership while that leadership is in power. You can credit fear of retaliation and direct and indirect intimidation for that.

Authoritarian leaders are always looking for their next victim, all the while, transferring the mantle of victimhood upon themselves in order to compensate for their egregious misdeeds and poor leadership.

They depend on the illusion of effectiveness through authoritarian actions to mask what they're really up to. Usually things that are ultimately self-serving. No one should expect that the primary motivating drive of an authoritarian is to be an egalitarian.

All in all, the book has already been written on authoritarians like Chris Christie. The problem, however, is the fact that so few people want to read it.



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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2014, 10:01 PM

1. And I cannot understand it...

 

because I have, evidently, been wired to buck up to authority. Of course, this has caused a few problems from time to time.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2014, 11:26 PM

2. Good analysis.

We can't say we are against bullying in the school-kids department when we shower adulation on them and vote them into higher and higher office and neglect questioning them and holding them accountable - when they're adults. Any more than we can say we're a Christian nation when we sneer at the poor and do everything we can legislatively to add to their misery.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2014, 11:31 PM

3. Unlike the Duce, he couldn't make the bridge run on time.

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Response to MrScorpio (Original post)

Sun Jan 12, 2014, 11:35 PM

4. knr

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