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On the Authoritarian Personality
On the Authoritarian Personality
James Murphy
Introduction

The authoritarian personality – or, in some cases, the authoritarian character – was a category deployed by the Frankfurt School in the early twentieth century to name the relationship between the effects of late capitalist society on the personality structure of individuals and the rise of fascism in the industrialized west. Introduced by Erich Fromm in the 1920s in order to try and make sense of why the German working class switched so quickly from the left to the right after the failure of the German Revolution, the concept quickly came to occupy a prominent position in the glossary of terms with which the developing Frankfurt School for Social Research sought to ...

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