Beneath the visible authoritarianism in politics, social structures and personalities is a far more pervasive covert, authoritarianism, hidden in culture, morality and daily life. By unmasking authoritarianism in such areas as addiction, intimate relationships, cuts and religion, the authors expose it as a major social factor in social disintegration. Part 1 examines the most extreme example of one person giving power to another, the guru/disciple relationship, as this reveals less obvious occurrences of control Guru is a metaphor for anyone who manipulates others under the guise of knowing ‘what’s best’ for them – whether leaders, mothers or lovers. Party 2 decodes the authoritarian control concealed in contemporary values and beliefs and portrays how basic problems, both personal and global, are tied to authoritarian assumptions so embedded they are taken for granted.