The brain, behavior and authoritarianism: The forces that drive people to turn on democracy – WBUR
The brain, behavior and authoritarianism.
“If you look throughout the course of history, and you see times when people have veered towards authoritarian or totalitarian lines of thinking, that’s been in times when there’s some big withdrawals being made from people’s body budgets,” Lisa Feldman Barrett says.
“And the two most expensive things your brain can do is move your body and deal with uncertainty and chaotic circumstances.”
Today, On Point: The social and neurological forces that drive people to turn their backs on democracy.
“Democracy is messy. It’s fully of surprising facts. And democracy’s all about adjusting to the world as it changes,” authoritarian expert Tim Snyder says.
Timothy Snyder, professor of history at Yale. Author of several books, including “Our Malady” and “The Road to Unfreedom.” (@TimothyDSnyder)
Lisa Feldman Barrett, professor of psychology at Northeastern University. Chief science officer for the Center for Law, Brain & Behavior at Massachusetts General Hospital. Author of “7 1/2 Lessons About the Brain.” (@LFeldmanBarrett)
Los Angeles Times: “Op-Ed: Words to fight the many faces of tyranny” — “It was one of those uncanny nights when everything blurs and then clarifies. It was July 20, 2017, and my family had just arrived in Warsaw. A protest march was underway in defense of an independent judiciary, so we joined it.”
This program aired on October 5, 2021. The audio for this program is not available.
Meghna Chakrabarti is the host of On Point.
Dorey Scheimer is a senior editor at On Point.
Jonathan is an associate producer at On Point.