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Jess Parsons

Jess Parsons

Posted June 28, 2012

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Children of the cult

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Cults are those weird groups with those brainwashed people living by bizarre and often damaging rules.

The saddest thing is, of course, the children. They're raised within the cult and often never know that any other way is possible.

A cult:

  • is a group whose beliefs or practices are abnormal or bizarre    
  • is a group that tends to manipulate, exploit, and control its members
  • recruits people who suffer from a some variety of deprivation.
  • promotes a belief system which is utopian/idealistic, and also dualistic and bi-polar in nature. Dualistic in that they see the world in terms of two opposite poles, such as good versus evil, the saved and the fallen, the enlightened and the ignorant, etc.
  • is at high risk of becoming abusive to members - in part due to members' adulation of charismatic leaders contributing to the leaders becoming corrupted by power.
  • is a group or movement exhibiting a devotion to some person, idea or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control designed to advance the goals of the group's leaders to the actual detriment of members, their families, or the community.


Meet the most successful cult ever

This cult's idea is the pursuit of more money - the cult of capitalism. And you're probably a child of the cult.

"Unlike other cults that are considered outside the norm, it has claimed center stage, and its propaganda appears to be unquestioned reality."

Living in the cult
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Mostly, people

  • hope to live in spaces with more than one room for each person. Social skills degenerate from isolation.
  • cannot afford these large spaces - they spend their entire lives working off debt to live there. 
  • spend their days at tasks unrelated to anything or anyone they love
  • do not know the people living around them
  • live near so many other people they can't make meaningful connections
  • buy objects (increasing debt) trying to replace connections with people


Power in the cult

Positions of power:

  • are held by very few people
  • cost enormous amounts of money to achieve - creating bias and corruption
  • provide the illusion of democracy while real control is held by the companies providing money


Information in the cult

Most information:

  • is controlled by a few large worldwide companies
  • is propaganda to perpetuate the beliefs of the cult
  • is presented as quickly and simply as possible, even when important meaning is lost
  • avoids any positive reference to lifestyles contradicting the cult


Communication in the cult

Mostly, people communicate

  • without even seeing each other
  • using machines for very quick and short messages with little content
  • badly, generating much confusion and ill feeling


Leisure time in the cult

Most entertainment

  •  involves buying something
  •  is enjoyed alone and is physically inactive (TV, computer games...)
  •  includes propaganda for the cult


Food in the cult

Mostly, people...

  • cannot and don't know how to provide their own food
  • never eat any truly fresh food
  • do not know where their food comes from
  • do not cook much
  • eat lots of foods which have been processed so much that very little nutrition remains
  • eat lots of foods from animals who have been horribly abused their whole lives before being killed.

The cult invests in propaganda and promotes denial about food to protect profits.

Physical health in the cult

It's risky in here...

  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death
  • At least half of all people are overweight
  • The next generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan
  • The healthcare industry is a huge financial presence. Healthcare spending is increasing faster than society can create value

Mental health in the cult

Cults foster mental disorders.

Cults promote a vision of an ideal 'new self', which members believe they can attain by following the cult teachings.

The capitalist ideal new self is a wealthy person. The reality is that few can become wealthy. Many who fail to become wealthy blame themselves or other people.

Depression, violent crime, and suicide is skyrocketing.

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Most mothers and fathers pay someone else to care for their young children while they spend their day earning money (and generating money for an employer).

Mothers and fathers who care for their own children instead of earning money are low status and often ridiculed.

Most mothers

  • although healthy mammals, give birth in hospitals and feed their babies with inferior artificial food they have to buy.
  • are told by experts that they should separate themselves from their babies for everyone's sake.
  • are isolated from their family and community
  • suffer guilt, confusion, and depression about caring for their babies

Most children

  • are in institutional care for most of their day instead of socialising with neighbours.
  • Are regularly entertained by electronic devices instead of people
  • Cannot concentrate on simpler entertainment
  • Are more ignorant about the world than the previous generation

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I could continue...but so can you.

Escaping a cult

I've seen movies of people rescued from cults. They look stunned and a bit scared, coming out to freedom and the bigger world around them.

They have lots to learn.

Are you ready?

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So...Capitalists are cultist? I feel you make way too many generalizations here. I am pro-capitalism. I stay home to homeschool and do not feel like I am "ridiculed" or "low status" at all. I did not breastfeed my child, but that was not my choice. It was my intention to do so, but my body did not cooperate. My delivery was so traumatic that my milk never came in. Did you know that that happens? Or did you assume that if a Mom doesn't breastfeed she's just some whacked out member of a cult? We don't live in a big space: We own a tiny home, just enough for our small family. We recycle, reuse, and are eco-friendly. We enjoy our alone time just as much as our awesome time together. We're an amazingly close and happy family. This probably comes as a shock to you, based on your article, but it's just our reality. Our entertainment usually involves board games--nope, we don't find entertainment in wasting money buying things as your article states. However, we do believe that people should work to take care of their own families, and save as much as possible so that they can benefit those around them who are struggling. We believe it is our responsibility to help others on our own, and give with our own hearts and hands, rather than having a government that takes our money and decides what is a worthy cause. I believe I am intelligent enough to know where there is a need in my community and within the world. If I live on modest means, I can help those that need it...without being forced to do so by any politician or political party. If that makes me an evil person in your eyes, Ms. Parsons, I truly feel sorry for you...and our country.

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Hi Dixielou,

I'm happy to have received some feedback, but it seems you're reading a different article than I wrote.

There are many shades of political applications of economy. You're describing libertarian views (anti-government, anti-socialist) rather than pro-capitalist.

Your lifestyle is in a tiny minority, which you must know already. As an aspiring minimalist, I admire what you're describing. It is very hard to even mention breastfeeding trends in society without making some women angry because of their personal experiences.

That doesn't change the facts of how MOST (a word I used about 10 times in my article) live and what capitalism promotes.

And evil? Do you think cults are evil?

Thanks again for your response,
Jessica

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There is no "cult of capitalism." A better argument could be made for a "cult of the state," or a "cult of authority." It is authority, backed by varying degrees of power, both physical and psychological, that keeps individuals in fear and living a self-destructive lifestyle. Fear of doctors, priests, agents of the various governments, etc. Capitalism means economic freedom. Not total freedom, but at least economic freedom. It means freedom in the buying and selling of goods and services.

The current economic landscape is not capitalistic, it is anti-capitalist. Consumerism and animal exploitation is a result of a combination of culture, government interference in what would otherwise be private exchanges, unrestrained human desires resulting from unhealthy lifestyle, and more.

You mention things like control of information, individuals being restrained in some way, etc. These are all applications of force, and it is government that has a monopoly on initiating force, not individuals or collections of individuals engaging in private exchanges.

Murray N. Rothbard's book Man, Economy, and State lays out the basics of economic reasoning, deduced from a single axiom - human action. If you accept human action and the laws of logic, then you must accept economic freedom. Please read Man, Economy, and State by Murray N. Rothbard, you can download it as a free PDF from The Mises Institute.

I am a vegan, pacifist, anarcho-capitalist and natural hygienist who sees the salvation of the human race in peaceful cooperation. Our culture needs to change, we need to abolish the state and accept our nature, not use force against our neighbors, even in the name of democracy. We are as enslaved as the animals we seek to set free, which should be no surprise because animal agriculture is the model for authoritarianism, for the domination of the state.

Set yourself free..

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I have to say, I agree with Dixielou to a point. Actually, I see the point you are making as well, Jess. I believe your point has much more to do with Minimalism and living a simple, yet meaningful life than it does what type of food we eat. But, I think what turns off a lot of people to the very idea of veganism, is the political overtones that accompany it.

I hope I don't seem confrontational, because that isn't my intention. But I would like to make my point. I don't believe Capitalism is a cult. We are certainly influenced by advertising and what others around us are doing, but that doesn't make the system a cult.

While it is frustrating to me that so much of our enterprise system seems to be a monopoly(few companies owning everything), we as people choose to rely on these companies for their services. We aren't forced. I don't have to buy my vegetables at the grocery store in a can. I have the option of growing them in my backyard. I don't have to buy anything at Walmart or Target, I can choose to spend a little more money and support the individually owned businesses in my town. So while they have strong influence with their price-cutting, advertising ways, they don't own us. People tend to live like those around them live, and take the cheapest and/or easiest route in most situations. I believe that's how we got to the point of a few companies controlling most industries.

On the other side of the coin, the government is much more powerful than any corporation. They pretend they are regulating companies to protect you, when in reality they are seeking more and more control. Every few years they raise taxes, and your only option is to pay them. Just like what Obamacare is, in MY opinion. Again, that's just MY opinion.

I think all people are different. They choose a plant-based diet for different reasons. If those reasons are for better health, why would some one who is an animal rights activist turn up their nose at that like that's not a good enough reason.
When you read about veganism, it always has the animal rights issue tagging along. Believe it or not, that's a major turn-off for a lot of people. Not because they have no compassion for animals, but because they don't want someone telling them how they should feel about that or any other issue. Obviously, we all have different convictions. I respect those who are passionate about protecting animals, but that doesn't mean I have to have that same passion to choose to eat a healthier diet. Both diet and animal protection issues don't have to be, and shouldn't be one and the same.

Sorry for going off topic a bit.

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