This is a reprint of my 2011 post The Authoritarian Personality (under the fold).
This is one of the few times I wrote about reptiles on this blog. The context was the media reaction to the inept Occupy protests—remember them? The context is clearly dated, and even looks quaint in retrospect. However, now that reptiles are in charge, it is a good time to review this material.
You can also see the roots of the present in the past (5 years ago).