I've got to say that there's nothing that fills me quicker with a secret fury than authoritarianism, I really cant stand it at all, I think that it totally discredits most legitimate authority.
Its, a hell of a lot of the time, partnered up with inconsistency in the exercise of authority per se, so you'll get wild variance between softly, softly approaches and sudden death to the letter adherence, sometimes there'll be some other trigger or factor involved, like something is going to make someone more or less liable to be a target because of prejudice or a grudge but that doesnt even have to be the case.
What I hate too about most people who turn out authoritarian or who have authoritarian streaks which surface given the right moment is that if you spend much time with them they are actually full of feelings of inferiority, at least it appears so because of the ways in which they pursue credentials, status or engage in competitions, not to be the best but to avoid being the worst.
That's not the only conflict I've witnessed either, there's the willingness, even joy, with which someone will seize an opportunity to exercise authority, the closer to a real "naked power" variety the better for them, but then afterwards swing in the opposite direction.
The examples which bother me the most are more social, public and political but parenting is actually an easier theatre to find examples of it, like the parent who seems to be having a great time disciplining their child, where it verges on simply beating their child up, and then afterwards for whatever reason swings in lets go to the cinema, get ice cream, have a treat mode. WTF. Its less then about any sort of need the child might have for discipline until they can display some self-discipline and more about some kind of weird ass sub-dom relationship.
What bugs me is that this sort of crap, this sort of high conflicted personality, well, these people enter into the professions, win public office, exercise some real power and just with the appointment or advent of their administration the fact they are a bit of an asshole doesnt go away. There is then the additional problem that when they externalise their thoughts or feelings others can mistake it for fairly legit concerns about authority or managing conflict or think "hey, that sounds a lot like that I think is at stake".
Then when this sort of personality meets with its mirror opposite, the real oppositional defiant douche bag or someone who'll imagine any rule enforcement is definitely a personal vendetta, no matter how slight, and they enter into a perfect sort of toxic co-dependency its just the greatest marriage made in hell sort of thing.
Without presuming too much I'd say this is probably something there's liable to be a consensus about, although I wondered if anyone has any examples or just how much aggrivation it causes? Anyone who has stories about exposing this shit or managing it would be even better than rants like me but I dont know if anyone will have any stories like that.