Skip to main content

Alternet - January 12, 2020

"People who have fallen under the influence of an authoritarian or religious leader will hold on furiously to their dependence. They have invested their self esteem into the identity and success of these leaders, and by supporting them, they have built up their own self worth. One of the reasons right wing religious leaders can get their members to send them so much money for such ridiculous and scandalous reasons."

Understanding the mass psychology of the Christian right is worth understanding, if for no other reason that you should know your opponent and understand their alliance with the Republican Party. In very simple terms, it happens when a person is so repressed and confused by their life experiences they they give up thinking, personal freedom, problem solving, and logic to someone else, like an authoritarian leader, which transmits to them an illusion of personal power and control.

Logic versus Emotion?

It is NOT a logical process, but an emotional one. Any authoritarian leader or religious hustler or cult leader can latch on to that emotion and energy. There is a strong repressed sexual aspect to this, and true followers, as opposed to the opportunists that take advantage of them, have had their spirits crushed by a lifetime of sex negative religious  dogma and emotional paralysis in dealing with sexual and personal relations. Every Patriarchal society and almost every nation is plagued by this development, and has the potential to develop in a fascist direction. The upper classes usually emphasize independent thinking and leadership for their own class, but a submissive to authority education and upbringing to the lower classes.

Those of us who have not fallen to such leaders are completely out of touch with the large segment of our country which follows them blindly. These millions of followers are quite naturally a valuable resource to be exploited by opportunist politicians like Trump, which seek to hide their true loyalties and irrational and destructive policies behind a public face of religious sympathy and support.It is NOT a logical process, but an emotional one. Any authoritarian leader or religious hustler or cult leader can latch on to that emotion and energy. There is a strong repressed sexual aspect to this, and true followers, as opposed to the opportunists that take advantage of them, have had their spirits crushed by a lifetime of sex negative religious  dogma and emotional paralysis in dealing with sexual and personal relations. Every Patriarchal society and almost every nation is plagued by this development, and has the potential to develop in a fascist direction. The upper classes usually emphasize independent thinking and leadership for their own class, but a submissive to authority education and upbringing to the lower classes.

Not surprisingly, the Republicans have succeeded in trapping and using this resource. Whatever one likes or dislikes about the Democrats, their appeal to voters is primarily to logic. Whereas the Republicans long ago learned to appeal to the dark side of people’s emotions, since they had no logical or progressive policies to sell. So the Republicans have become the party of hate, misogyny racism, bigotry, homophobia, war, and anti-immigrant sentiment affixed to a false and extremist Christian face. They now, and have been for some time, openly organizing people around these negative emotions and behaviors. The mainstream media fails to recognize the effects of the extreme polarization of the two party system, and blames BOTH parties equally for the log jams in Washington.Those of us who have not fallen to such leaders are completely out of touch with the large segment of our country which follows them blindly. These millions of followers are quite naturally a valuable resource to be exploited by opportunist politicians like Trump, which seek to hide their true loyalties and irrational and destructive policies behind a public face of religious sympathy and support.

People who have fallen under the influence of an authoritarian or religious leader will hold on furiously to their dependence. They have invested their self esteem into the identity and success of these leaders, and by supporting them, they have built up their own self worth. One of the reasons right wing religious leaders can get their members to send them so much money for such ridiculous and scandalous reasons. ...
Read full report at Alternet