We haven't changed: 2011.
When you factor in that there is a predisposition on the right to authoritariansim, this takes on an even darker significance. It is the lens through which we should be viewing right wing smear media.
So, is it fair, accurate, objective to assert Right Wing Authoritarianism applies broadly to members of the political and cultural right -- but not the left? Yes!
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) is a personality and ideological variable studied in political, social, and personality psychology. It is defined by three attitudinal and behavioral clusters which correlate together:
Authoritarian submission — a high degree of submissiveness to the authorities who are perceived to be established and legitimate in the society in which one lives.
Authoritarian aggression — a general aggressiveness directed against deviants, outgroups, and other people that are perceived to be targets according to established authorities.
Conventionalism — a high degree of adherence to the traditions and social norms that are perceived to be endorsed by society and its established authorities, and a belief that others in one's society should also be required to adhere to these norms.
The terminology of authoritarianism, right-wing authoritarianism, and authoritarian personality tend to be used interchangeably by psychologists, though inclusion of the term "personality" may indicate a psychodynamic interpretation consistent with the original formulation of the theory.
The 'Altemyer' referred to here is Canadian researcher Robert Altemeyer, who did the original extensive research that resulted in what we now call Right Wing Authoritarianism.
from Right Wing Authoritariansim and Conservative Identity Politics:
What About Leftwing Authoritarianism?So ask yourself who is an authority figure on the right? NRA? Fox News? Rush Limbaugh? Keep asking. Because every name that occurred to me was dangerously loose, even flagrantly aversive, to accurate facts while being poisonously slavish to ideology.
Altemeyer went looking for it. He didn't find it. He didn't find anyone who scored over 50% on the LWA scale he developed, which was a direct reflection of the RWA scale. In contrast, he has found numerous people scoring close 100% on the RWA scale. He concluded that LWAs are "as rare as hen's teeth." He did, of course, find authoritarianism among people on the left in the Soviet Union, as noted above. But this was due to their social conformity to the existing authorities in their society. And that's what RWA is.