Digital Resources

Academic resources

Political scientists Axel Hadenius and Jan Teorell write a paper titled Authoritarian Regimes: Stability, Change, and Pathways to Democracy, 1972 – 2003 via Semantic Scholar

Juan Linz’s Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes via JSTOR

Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition by Amrit Singh via Open Society Justice Initiative

Democracy and dictatorship revisited by Jose Antonio Cheibub, Jennifer Gandhi, and James Raymond Vreeland via Jose Antonio Cheibub’s website

Stanley Feldman’s paper titled Authoritarianism, Threat, and Intolerance via Semantic Scholar

December 1997, Stanley Feldman and Karen Stenner write Perceived Threat and Authoritarianism in the Journal of Political Psychology

June 2017, political scientists Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris write a paper titled Trump and the populist authoritarian parties: the silent revolution in reverse, via Perspectives on Politics

A paper written by Matt Grossmann, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, that talks about racial attitudes and political correctness in the 2016 presidential election.

Two political scientists write a paper for the United States Agency for International Development titled Unwelcome Change: Understanding, Evaluating,
and Extending Theories of Democratic Backsliding via USAID

In 2018, SPLC tracked 83 hate groups in California via SPLC Hate Map

In democracies and authoritarian states alike, leaders intent on consolidating power are finding new ways to repress independent journalism, says Freedom House in its 2019 Freedom and the Media report.

Media resources

The Alt-Right Playbook by Innuendo Studios, who makes some hilarious comics, often poignant.

An op-ed written by Thomas B. Edsall, a weekly contributor who writes on politics, demographics, and inequality references Matt Grossmann’s paper on racial attitudes and political correctness, and makes a connection between economic and cultural insecurity and authoritarianism via The New York Times

David Frum of The Atlantic theorizes how Donald Trump could set the country down a path toward illiberalism in How to Build an Autocracy.

Suvojit Chattopadhyay writes about how non-authoritarian states can practice everyday authoritarianism via The Wire

Tom Pepinsky writes about how “everyday authoritarianism” is actually pretty boring and tolerable.

Real-world resources

Former webcomic creator Dale Beran has a book about the history of 4chan and 8chan and how those places became epicenters for the alt-right, incels, and mass shooters. He also has a great Reddit AMA available.