The virtue of a psychological account of National Socialism is that it invites us to think of fascism as something other than an ideology. A person doesn’t become a fascist by reciting a creed or subscribing to a set doctrine. Even so, The Authoritarian Personality draws a caricature of the fascist as character type and so fails to comprehend fascism as a many-sided and contradictory movement. Adorno’s contribution to the volume reads like the Dialectic of Enlightenment without the dialectic.
Research Article| October 01 2018
Fulfilling the Fascist Lie: Late Reflections on The Authoritarian Personality
South Atlantic Quarterly (2018) 117 (4): 879-889.
Christian Thorne; Fulfilling the Fascist Lie: Late Reflections on The Authoritarian Personality. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 October 2018; 117 (4): 879–889. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-7165959
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