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False Prophets
Studies on Authoritarianism

ISBN 9781412857017
Published December 30, 2015 by Routledge
328 Pages

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Book Description

The studies in this volume deal with problems of authoritarianism and anti-Semitism. Lowenthal's book length contribution, "Prophets of Deceit," which begins this collection, is a classic of political psychology. This research study is followed by an essay, "Terror's Atomization of Man." Lowenthal uses this material for a theory of the psychological mechanisms operative under terrorist conditions and their significance for contemporary society.

Table of Contents


Foreword, by Max Horkheimer


Part I: Prophets of Deceit: A Study of the Techniques of the American Agitator (with Norbert Guterman)

1 The Themes of Agitation
2 Social Malaise
3 A Hostile World
4 The Ruthless Enemy
5 The Helpless Enemy
6 The Enemy as Jew
7 A Home for the Homeless
8 The Follower
9 Self-Portrait of the Agitator
10 What the Listener Heard

Appendix I: Samples of Profascist or Anti-Semitic Statements by the Agitators Quoted in This Study

Appendix II: Bibliography of Printed Source Material

Part II: Terror's Dehumanizing Effects

11 Atomization of Man

Part III: Images of Prejudice: Anti-Semitism Among U.S. Workers During World War II

Prefatory Note, by Helmut Dubiel

12 The Parasite
13 Intellect and Education
14 Manners and Mores
15 The Clan
16 Unpunished Enjoyment
17 Totalitarian Aspects

Part IV: Toward a Psychology of Authoritarianism

18 Authority and Culture
19 Authority as a Social Relationship
20 Authority in the Course of History
21 Authority and Family

Excursus: Draft Animals and Slavery

Afterword, by Helmut Dubiel

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