Most people believe cult members are mentally unbalanced or are misfits who live in remote places, like the doomed devotees of Jim Jones and David Koresh; or various far-left cult members, including “Climate Change” activists, “Black Lives Matter,” “ANTIFA,” and some “World Peace” organizations that are calling for cease-fire in Gaza.
We take comfort in the fact that the influences of cults are far removed from our everyday lives. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In her book, “Cults in Our Midst: The Hidden Menace in our Everyday Lives (1995),” Margaret Thaler Singer outlined several key categories of cults and their followers. Here are some excerpts from her book, with my editorial comments:
“Today, nearly 20 million people have joined about 5,000 cults in the United States,” Singer writes. “Often a cult is disguised as a legitimate organization, and anyone, especially our young, could be susceptible to the covert and seductive nature of a cult. During periods of traumatic life changes, people are especially vulnerable to these masterful manipulations.”
In this closed system of logic, one is not allowed to question or doubt a tenet, or rule, or call attention to factual information that suggests some internal contradiction within the belief system, or a contradiction with what one has been.
It is imperative, therefore, to prevent the spread of cults’ influence the way our society prevents the spread of racism, neo-Nazism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination of minorities. In order to prevent the spread of cults’ influence, one has to clearly understand the characteristics cults have in common. What are cults? Who are the people most likely to join cults?
“There are several major types of cults in the United States: (1) Neo-Christian religious; (2) Hindu and Eastern religious: (3) Witchcraft and Satanist; (4) Spiritualist: (5) Zen philosophical-mystical orientation; (6) Racial orientation; (7) Flying-saucer phenomena orientation; (8) Political,” Singer notes.
More recently, we could add (9) Climate Change; and (10) Black Lives Matter.
“The label cult refers to 3 factors: (1) The origin of the group and role of the leader; (2) The power structure or relationship between the leader and the followers; (3) The use of a coordinated program of brainwashing,” Singer explains.
Add to that: (4) Indoctrination of our youth by far-left social activists, media and radical educators in our public schools and universities.
As a rule, cult leaders claim to be breaking with a tradition, offering something novel, and instituting the only “viable” system for change that will solve life’s problem or the world’s challenges — e.g., advocating for neo-Marxist ideology, White Privilege doctrine, Critical Race Theory, Black Lives Matter standings and, most recently, anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian movement.
Singer points out, “Cults tend to require members to undergo a major disruption or change in lifestyle. Many cults put great pressure on their members to leave their families, friends, and jobs to become immersed in the group’s major purpose. In this closed system of logic, one is not allowed to question or doubt a tenet, or rule, or call attention to factual information that suggests some internal contradiction within the belief system, or a contradiction with what one has been.”
This very much resembles a totalitarian regime, with a brutal dictator and an “inquisition-type” of justice system in charge of the masses – similar to the Soviet socialist-style of governing.
Far-left “Climate Change” activism is, historically, one of the most recent cult-type movements. Indeed, it is a political instrument of the radical groups and progressive social activists who are attempting to create widespread fear by manipulating and exaggerating environmental data.
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Most professional prehistoric archaeologists or paleo-environmentalists are aware and able to identify cyclical cooling and warming periods, and environmental changes that took place on Earth for millions of years prior to the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries (from about 1740s to 1860s AD).
Ironically, it seems that Juneau and Anchorage have suffered from climate change for several weeks this winter. In fact, this year (2024) Juneau just broke the record for snowiest January ever with more than 76 inches of snow.
These days, far-left Climate Change activists attribute any “unusual” weather event – whether it is unusually wet or dry, hot or cold, snow or wind – to global climate change. To these cultic activists, “unusual” simply means anything more uncomfortable than the average.
Certainly, the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and belief to all citizens. But parents have a right to teach children their own philosophical and/or spiritual path. Our educational and legal system should recognize this and not subject children to any form of intense indoctrination or brainwashing by the far-left progressive educators in our public schools. Nor should minors have to live in an environment which manipulates their choices and desires.
I encourage our educators to objectively and impartially discuss the subject of cults in school. Furthermore, our legal and political authorities must recognize the dangerous effects of a cult’s environment and the far-left woke ideology upon the development of our youth.
These movements are more pervasive than ever before. Covert far-left political groups are targeting the elderly, young, family, and the workplace world-wide, including our own country.
Be alert, anyone can become a victim of a far-left cult.
The views expressed here are those of the author.