Ep: 56 Culty
What is a cult? How do we balance tolerance and critical thinking when it comes to new religious movements? Are their authoritarian personalties in my own, established religious community? How are multilevel marketing and pyramid schemes like cults? Is cult a bad word or is it a concept we need to preserve for the good of a safe and healthy society? We wrestle with these questions and more. We mention Jim Jones, Swedenborgianism, the Guru Maharaji, Amway, Scientology, and the FLDS. We love everyone. Please don't sue us; we have no money and few assets, so it wouldn't be worth it. Moreover, we are critical of ourselves and our own communities, various states that never really done nobody wrong, and the entire Inland Empire on occasion. So it's all in good fun. If we talk about your group, and you don't think we've represented it properly, feel free to explain where we were mistaken in the comment section. Or, better, stage a press conference explaining why you think Virtue in the Wasteland is bad, making sure to get coverage from the major media outlets, and making sure to wear your sect's most distinctive clothing and strange hairdos, if applicable. For the rest of you good listeners: avoid prophets with free Kool-Aid.