Authoritarianism has two major aspects to it. The first is the view from those who want to control everyone else – whether it be for corrupt, religious or political ends. The second view is from those who buy into the resulting rigid hierarchy – whether it be from some religious or ideological belief, or maybe that’s just the way their brains are wired.
It seems ironic that Republicans are so anxious to warn about “big government” and the “deep state” when they are the ones pushing the hardest for increasing government intrusion into our lives. For just one example consider the right-to-life stance they take, inserting the government into what should be a matter between a woman and her doctor.