Against the Arguments of the Adorino’s book The Authoritarian Personality
A little over ten years ago I submitted an essay to this publication regarding the Adorno Scale. That scale, which was in the book The Authoritarian Personality, by Theodor Adorno, was originally headed The F Scale (F for fascist).
It sought to establish a link between fascism and conservatism in the US (as the essay explains) and convinced a majority of the American Jewish community that this is a valid connection.
I was reminded of it (and its influence) by a review in Chronicles[i] by Alan J. Levine (April 1993) titled “Every Man a Victim.” The subject of the review, by the way, is Charles Sykes’ book: A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character. I have not read Sykes’ work, but, according to Levine, it examines the tendency to place ideas into a medical category—a widespread tendency today that is having very dangerous effects upon both intellectual life and freedom. I was especially caught, in this context, by one of Levine’s parenthetical observations.
In the past, many people have described their political opponents as mad, sometimes with justification; it was for Adorno and his colleagues to transform their own political views into psychoanalytical diagnoses of their rightist opponents. In purely political terms, The Authoritarian Personality was an important milestone in the progressive blurring of the difference between conservatism and fascism and in the identification of middle-class values as the roots of fascism.
It is a sign of Christian intellectual provinciality that this “milestone,” as Levine calls it, was largely unknown to Christians and when it appeared, remained unknown ten years ago when I mentioned it here, and is still largely unknown.
Yet when The Authoritarian Personality first appeared, it was the number one topic in general conversation among intellectual circles in San Francisco, where I first encountered the subject—and the book. That was over a generation ago! That a book can remain influential so long and still be unknown to Christians is simply appalling. The Christian community apparently lives in an intellectual cocoon bounded by the Bible, serenely unaware of the surrounding world, indifferent to what is said about it or its beliefs as translated into social opinions. The average Christian seems to expect the clergy to do all his intellectual work for him. That is an illusion.
The clergy has to be supported and protected by the congregation. A clergyman explains and defines the faith. But the congregation is composed of people who work in the world, and it is their duty to protect and defend the faith in the world. They cannot do that if they are indifferent to the world, inattentive to what it says and does to members of the faith.The Adorno Scale By Otto Scott
Sure, I understand where Otto Scott was coming from, all those decades ago. Biased and lying academics need to be challenged and rebuked, not ignored or brushed aside.
A whistleblower complaint filed Monday alleges an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center is responsible for an exorbitant number of hysterectomies being performed on migrant women, apparently without consent and for unclear reasons.
Systematic forced sterilization is a crime against humanity according to the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
The whistleblower complaint, filed on behalf of a nurse at Irwin County, Georgia, ICE Detention Center (ICDC), also charges “jarring medical neglect,” Law & Crime reports, “including a refusal to test detainees for the novel coronavirus.”
One detainee said: “When I met all these women who had had surgeries, I thought this was like an experimental concentration camp. It was like they’re experimenting with our bodies.”
The whistleblower said there is one gynecologist in particular who is performing the hysterectomies at an alarming rate.
“Everybody he sees has a hysterectomy—just about everybody,” said Dawn Wooten, “everybody’s uterus cannot be that bad.”‘He’s Taking All Their Uteruses Out’: Whistleblower Compares ICE Detention Center to ‘Experimental Concentration Camp’ by David Badash
To most clearly differentiate yourself from the fascists, don’t support their people, and don’t support their policies.
Even better, work hard to actually bring Biblical Law into the land: a law code that endorses the free movement of people (other than conquering armies, obviously), and refuses to punish or oppress the stranger.
That’s how you show fascists the door out of the Christian church. Ship them back to their secularist-socialist-Leader-Principle nonsense that is their natural home.
(Hat tip: Bojidar Marinov)