The Alternative Right’s Attempt at Autocratic Democracy in Twenty-First Century America analyzes the several significant factors that influenced the cultural environment to move American democracy toward authoritarianism. Chuck A. Baker hypothesizes that growing xenophobia, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 2008 recession, and neoliberal economic philosophy were the shocks that made possible a lurch toward autocratic democracy. Several of the central tenets embedded in fascism like conventionalism, acquiescence to coercion, and hostility toward the less powerful would manifest as autocratic-democratic rule gained traction. As minority communities were made vulnerable, the lethality of police practices against unarmed minorities and the government’s response to such coercive oppression motivated protests throughout America. The January 6, 2021 Capital riots made clear that the far-right was willing to utilize violence to meet their goal. Statements that situated ‘Making America Great Again’ reminded right-wing extremists of an epoch in which racism and sexism were part of the American society’s structure. This book examines, in a sociological manner, the factors that made autocratic democracy palatable to a large plurality of Americans. The text discusses the reason for social change in the middle twentieth century and then utilizes quantitative methodology to elucidate the events in the twenty-first century that threaten democracy through authoritarian practices.
Chuck A. Baker is professor of sociology at Delaware County Community College.
Table of Contents
Chapter One – Economic Displacement and Right-Wing Messaging
Chapter Two – Global Institutions
Chapter Three – Citizenship and National Identity
Chapter Four – Religion and Authoritarianism
Chapter Five - 21st Century Authoritarianism
Chapter Six – American Authoritarianism Statistical Analysis
Chapter Seven – Social Dominance Orientation and Sexism
Chapter Eight – Critical Race Orientation and Racism
Chapter Nine – Neoliberal Imperialism and Government Sovereignty
Chapter Ten - Global Warming and the Far-Right
A practical study and analysis of social morality emphasizing the role of discrimination, racism, and intolerance in framing democracy in American society. The author thoroughly explores the use of repressive political discourse and authoritarian rule in his discourse on autocratic democracy.
The Alternative Right's Attempt at Autocratic Democracy in Twenty-First Century America sheds light on an ugly side of our nation. This book is a must read for those who are interested in understanding autocratic democracy from a social scientific perspective.