F Scale

F Scale

Partha Desikan

A well`acclaimed personality scale with the designation California F Scale was published in 1950 by psychologists in the US and has since been used literally in hundreds of publications. The F in its name stands for the adjective fascist.

I do not know whether it has been edited since its birth, but I am giving

it below in unabridged form, as found in Milton Rokeach's bestseller entitled 'The open and closed Mind', as Appendix B. The book came out in 1960.


Appendix B 

California F Scale

  1. Obedience and respect for authority are the most important virtues children should learn.
  2. A person who has bad manners, habits and breeding can hardly be expected to get along with decent people.
  3. If people would talk less and work more, everybody would be better off.
  4. The businessman and the manufacturer are much more important to society than the artist and the professor.
  5. Science has its place, but there are many important things that can never possibly be understood by the human mind.
  6. Young people sometimes get rebellious ideas, but as they grow up, they ought to get over them and settle down.
  7. What this country needs most, more than laws and political programs, is a few courageous, tireless, devoted leaders in whom the people can put their faith.
  8. No sane, normal, decent personcould ever think of hurting a close friend or relative.
  9. Nobody ever learned anything really important except through suffering.
  10. What the youth need(s) is strict discipline, rugged determination, and the will to work and fight for family and country.
  11. An insult to our honor should always be punished.
  12. Sex crimes, such as rape and attacks on children, deserve more than mere imprisonment; such criminals ought to be publicly whipped, or worse.
  13. There is hardly anything lower than a person who does not feel a great love, gratitude, and respect for his parents.
  14. Most of our social problems would be solved if we could somehow get rid of the immoral, crooked, and feeble minded people.
  15. Homosexuals are hardly better than criminals and ought to be severely punished.
  16. When a person has a problem or worry, it is best for him not to think about it, but to keep busy with more cheerful things.
  17. Every person should have complete faith in some supernatural power whose decisions he obeys without question.
  18. Some people are born with an urge to jump from high places.
  19. People can be divided into two distinctclasses: the weak and the strong.
  20. Some day it will probably be shown that astrology can explain a lot of things.
  21. Wars and social troubles may someday be ended by an earthquake or flood that will destroy the whole world.
  22. No weakness or difficulty can hold us back if we have enough will power.
  23. It is best to use some prewar authorities in Germany to keep order and prevent chaos.
  24. Most people don't realize how much our lives are controlled by plots hatched in secret places.
  25. Human nature being what it is, there will always be war and conflict.
  26. Familiarity breeds contempt.
  27. Nowadays when different kinds of people move around and mix together so much, a person has to protect himself especially carefully against catching an infection or disease from them.
  28. Nowadays more and more people are prying into matters that should remain personal and private.
  29. The wild sex life of the old Greeks and Romans was tame compared to some of the goings-on in this country, even in places where people might least expect it.

Do you see what I see only too clearly? Clever academics can certainly use an opportunity like the preparation of the above list, to include all sections of people who oppose them on some count or other, in their group-portrait of 'so and so's


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