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Looking at Authority, different types, and examples - KKK.

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Task 1 Authority - This simply means the power to enforce obedience. Authority is expressed in many forms. There are legal, military, familial, and organizational variations in the rules, sanctions, and symbols of authority. The judge's wig, the general's baton, the managing director's huge desk are well-known images. In every case they convey the message that authority is legitimate power Charismatic authority- Is based on the appeal of the leaders who claim allegiance because of their extraordinary virtuosity, whether ethical, heroic, or religious. Traditional authority This type of authority comes not from the person himself but what he represents. (eg) Pope - owns the Catholic Church - therefore he has power over that. Rational-Legal- This type of authority is based on skill and knowledge. The person possesses the knowledge, they are given power because of the knowledge they have about the subject. Legal Organization behind it. Task 2 Parents- A parent would have traditional authority over me as their authority as been awarded because of the amount of time I have known them. ...read more.


Task 3 The cult that I have chosen to look at is the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) from the beginning, extreme actions that have taken place within the KKK and how this ties in with authority and acts of blind obedience. The "Ku Klux Klan", from the Greek "kuklos", ("circle" or "wheel"), is, like Masonry, a "fraternal organization". This one grew out of the Civil War in America to protect and preserve the white race and ensure "voluntary separation" of the races, and even extinction of Blacks, Catholics, and Jews. They are well known the disguised hooded Klansmen, in their white sheets, posing as ghosts of dead Confederate soldiers, with their blazing torches burning large wooden crosses in a "circle", to terrorize and kill Blacks, just for the sake of being Blacks..."we don't burn crosses, we light them", they claim, "and it is a religious celebration and ceremony, not an act of desecration"... they are really sick!... ...read more.


In a way the actions that the KKK members acted out were innocent to them in the way that they had no responsibility over there own actions. Blind obedience obviously has some very negative effects such as the fact you can control somebody to kill another person of do a random act like suicide through blind obedience and possessing the authority to make a person act like this. But blind obedience can also have some positive effects on people such as situations like the Army and war. It is very important that officers in the Army can act in blind obedience and not think about what they are doing as of killing the enemy. It would be very damaging to the army if the officers started to this "maybe what we are doing is wrong... these people we are fighting have families and children..." Etc. this would be devastating. So blind obedience has some pros and cons but with everything in life it depends how it is being used and within what nature that we can determine whether it is an act of goodness or evil. Understanding Discipline Bt Aleckzander Twardochleb ...read more.

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