Another interesting discussion with many potential aspects. Could I suggest that most political ideologies have potentially authoritarian traits when attempting to apply the idea to political practice. In most cases as Weber pointed out the state has a monopoly of violence and when challenged will use authoritarian means to secure its authority. Even liberalism is not excluded from this behaviour in practice if not in theory, unlike fascism, communism or most types of populism.
I would like to put on your radar an online seminar-style course that may be of interest to subscribers of H-Nationalism:
I.W.R. Miller's question about innate magnetic attraction is a good one. We might flesh the question out by asking whether its is the case that nationalism and authoritarianism have an innate magnetic attraction to each other, or whether they both have magnetic attractions to something in common. Put another way, do nationalism and authoritarianism have some of the same drivers--such as economic inequality or social media (pick your theorist of nationalism).
Date: June 11, 2021 to June 12, 2021
Organizers: Dr. Nikolai Wehrs, University of Konstanz; Dr. Almuth Ebke, University of Mannheim; Dr. Daniel Larsen, University of Cambridge
Location: Konstanz, Germany
Deadline for proposals: 01/15/2021
Taking the 80th anniversary of the first publication of George Orwell’s “The Lion and the Unicorn” as a starting point, this workshop will examine discourses of identity and belonging in the United Kingdom since the Second World War.
I'm very much interested in the twists and turns within nationalism(s) of a single country. Indian nationalism in some important segments has turned authoritarian. I wonder if there is a difference between state attained nationalisms turning authoritarian versus the state seeking ones. In the Indian case, with more and more institutions (Judiciary, Media, Civil Society) muzzled and diminished, so that a challenge to the existing regime cannot be launched, but there is still resistance from the states (federal sub-units), citizenship protests, etc.