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Authoritarian labor

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The Institute of Social Research (ISR's) research agenda during its American exile was divided, basically, into two pillars of activity: the famous ?dialectics project' that ultimately resulted in the seminal Dialectic of Enlightenment authored by Horkheimer and Adorno; the other pillar: the massive and sprawling research program outlined in the "Studies in Antisemitism" report. This chapter delves into the question of authoritarian labor and establishes the relationship between authoritarianism and antisemitism, how those problems figured into the history of the Frankfurt School, and how the ISR revolutionized the study of working-class consciousness. It also introduces the reader to the Institute's labor study, presents the methods and data, reviews the questions the ISR asked, and provides a summary overview of the Institute's findings. The ISR found that organized labor in America was significantly debilitated by antisemitic ideology.

Keywords: America; antisemitism; authoritarian labor; dialectics project; Frankfurt school; Institute of Social Research (ISR); organized labor; working-class consciousness



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