Cult pejoratively refers to a group whose beliefs or practices could be, reasonably or unreasonably, considered strange. ...
...Later formulations built on these characteristics while placing an additional emphasis on cults as deviant religious groups "deriving their
inspiration from outside of the predominant religious culture". This deviation is often thought to lead to a high degree of tension between the
group and the more mainstream culture surrounding it, a characteristic shared with religious sects. Yet sociologists maintain that unlike sects,
which are products of religious schism and therefore maintain a continuity with traditional beliefs and practices, "cults" arise spontaneously
around novel beliefs and practices.
Well, so far it is wrapped around religious motifs so far...
Oh here we are, "political" cultism...
Since 1949 the Peoples Republic of China has been classifying dissenting groups as xiejiao, normally translated into English as "evil
An important aspect of the classical 'cult' concept is 'coercive persuasion', although that phrase is a bit an oxymoron, as in my studies you have
either persuasion or coersion, as coersion might even attempt to masquerade as persuasion but with coersion there isn't an actual option
regardless of how the discourse is presented at any stage. Currently, ZP is all persuasion, but when it comes time to implement it it will
become coersive at all levels, because it simply cannot work without total global compliance.
Back to Wikipedia, 5 key stages of the mind control model are typiically emplyed by cults:
1.People are put in physically or emotionally distressing situations;
2.Their problems are reduced to one simple explanation, which is repeatedly emphasized;
3.They receive unconditional love, acceptance, and attention from a charismatic leader;
4.They get a new identity based on the group;
5.They are subject to entrapment (isolation from friends, relatives, and the mainstream culture) and their access to information is severely
1 = The Zeitgeist films.
2 = ZP's Pure Communism
3 = PJ & JF are charismatic leaders offering total bliss nirvana global village unconditional love and acceptance.
4 = really.
5 = This would be more in line with when its time to implement ZP.
These perspectives share the assumption that some form of coercive persuasion or mind control is used to recruit and maintain members by
suppressing their ability to reason, think critically, and make choices in their own best interest.
JF brags about being a social engineer. They openly embrace the idea of global scale re-education camps. PJ released his films incrementally to hook
in followers with part 1, to then later on reveal the true Pure Communism agenda in part 2. They rabidly deny that ZP is "Pure Communism to keep
their followers from understanding well enough about it so that they might at least admit to themselves that its PC, and they act like all their great
futurist ideas are their own while not crediting where the ideas came from, such as the
, so that people can research the pitfalls of these
sorts of ideas.
The 3 models of 'Joining':
1. People are said to join cults primarily because of how they view a particular group. This view is most favored among sociologists and religious
2. Under the "psychodynamic model," popular with some mental health professionals, individuals choose to join for fulfillment of subconscious
3. Finally, the "thought reform model" posits that people join not because of their own psychological needs, but because of the group's influence
through forms of psychological manipulation.
It's also further noted that 'typical reasons why people join cults include a search for community and a spiritual quest.'
I'd say we have all of the above under ZP.
Some "anti-cult" definitions:
Secular cult opponents like those belonging to the anti-cult movement tend to define a "cult" as a group that tends to manipulate, exploit, and
control its members. Specific factors in cult behavior are said to include manipulative and authoritarian mind control over members, communal and
totalistic organization, aggressive proselytizing, systematic programs of indoctrination, and perpetuation in middle-class communities.
"Cults are groups that often exploit members psychologically and/or financially, typically by making members comply with leadership's demands
through certain types of psychological manipulation, popularly called mind control, and through the inculcation of deep-seated anxious dependency on
the group and its leaders."
A cult is a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea or thing and employing unethically
manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g. isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, use of special methods to heighten
suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individuality or critical judgment, promotion of
total dependency on the group and fear of [consequences of] leaving it, etc.) designed to advance the goals of the group's leaders to the actual or
possible detriment of members, their families, or the community.
On another Wikipedia page
Cults, like sects, often integrate elements of existing religious theologies, but cults tend to create more esoteric theologies synthesized from
many sources. Cults tend to emphasize the individual and individual peace.
Then there are 'dictionary' definitions:
a.A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the
guidance of an authoritarian, charismatic leader.
b.The followers of such a religion or sect.
2.A system or community of religious worship and ritual.
3.The formal means of expressing religious reverence; religious ceremony and ritual.
4.A usually nonscientific method or regimen claimed by its originator to have exclusive or exceptional power in curing a particular disease.
a.Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
b.The object of such devotion.
6.An exclusive group of persons sharing an esoteric, usually artistic or intellectual interest. www.answers.com...
Britannica Concise Encyclopedia:
Collective veneration or worship. In the West, the term has come to be used for groups that are perceived to have deviated from normative
religions in belief and practice. They typically have a charismatic leader and attract followers who are in some way disenfranchised from the
mainstream of society. Cults as thus defined are often viewed as foreign or dangerous.
So by now some of you might be saying that it isn't religion, but thats part of the issue, as in Z part 1 PJ went all out using occult esotericist
arguments to 'debunk' religion (Christianity in particular).
Then in Z part 2 he sweeps in with the Science solution. He's offering 'heaven', the 'promised land' of abundance and laziness. The 'god', the
global AI computer network that serves our every whim. The FAITH, is in science in genereal and in science that doesnt even exist in particular.
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