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They are right-wing authoritarians. See altemeyer.

He makes the point that in the former Soviet block the right wing authoritarian were authoritarian followers of the state communism ideology. That didn't make religious dissidents necessarily left-wing, because the Russian Orthodox Church remained throughout just a different right-wing authoritarian structure, just one out of power. In some former communist countries the local church continued to be tolerated and so provided a haven for left wing dissidents (in the vein of liberation theology, I suppose, but it would be interesting to study what fraction of the left-wing dissidents who operated under the church umbrella while in opposition to state communism remain within the church fold for their left-wing politics after the fall of the communist regime liberated the church hierarchy to be the right-wing authoritarians overtly).

If you are not convinced, try it on someone who has not been entirely debauched by economics. — Piero Sraffa

by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Aug 30th, 2012 at 10:41:41 AM EST
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Which country are you thinking of? I think especially Poland is an example of the local Church surviving as a force but remaining right-wing during communism; while the Lutheran church in Eastern Germany is an example of a haven for left wing dissidents whose hierarchy did not transform into a right-wing authoritarian club.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Aug 30th, 2012 at 07:08:30 PM EST
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