on authority (Max Weber)

I was trigered by this sentence when reading the final chapter of a book on the Haight Ashbury (by Charles perry):
"To that extent the Digger Crusade can be seen in terms of Weberian sociology as part of an endless conflict between charismatic and bureaucratic authority."
Somehow this conflict rings a lot of bells. I recognize it in my own work and life.
This is what a summarized piece in wikipedia says:

The sociologist Max Weber defined charismatic authority as "resting on devotion to the exceptional sanctity, heroism or exemplary character of an individual person, and of the normative patterns or order revealed or ordained by him." Charismatic authority is one of three forms of authority laid out in Weber's tripartite classification of authority, the other two being traditional authority and rational-legal authority. The concept has acquired wide usage among sociologists.

source: wikipedia

something else that sounds interesting enough to read up upon, is:
"The accepted psychological explanation of fascism was that the authoritarian personality was taught to suppress it's feelings and submit to it's superiors, on the condition that it was allowed to take out all it hostilities on underlings and outsiders"

This is a definition from Wilhelm Reich, from his book The Mass-Psychology of Fascism (Die Massenpsychologie des Faschismus). Een marxistische uitleg

This definition is clearer than any definition I have ever heard or read. It also is a huge yellow warning sign for a reoccurring fascist tendencies. Because the heart of fascism is not an old fashioned ideology but a sociological phenomenon (which can be exploited).
"Fascism is only the organized expression of the structure of the average man's character.."

I am trying to digest that. It is worth chewing on.

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