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  •  scariness (none)
    that is an absurdly scary thought actually. cults can be extraordinarily nasty, just like any and all other overtly fanatically radical organizations. and once we add in the fact that many wing nuts proscribe to cults of personality around whatever pastor they back in particular, you can see some rather nasty implications.

    and we also have to remember George Bush is a leader of a personality cult of his own. Who hasn't met someone who is ridiculously loyal and fanatical in regards to George W Bush. And we all remember Harriet Myers and the way she fauned over GW. And Condie. Goddamn, it's kinda obvious that he's runnign a cult of personality out of the White House.

    If we consider the fact that a lot of wingnuts are religious revivalists following cultic personalities like the Falwells and Robertsons of the world, and that many of the rest of the wingnuts also follow cults of personality with their central figures being folks like Limbaugh and O'Reilly and GW, we can see even further nasty implications to this whole thing.

    •  Well exactly. (none)
      That's part of my point -- cults are set up to isolate members, make them feel like the leader is "special" and that to follow them is the "right" path to whatever they want, to have unquestioning drones that will do whatever the Glorious Leader wants, to gain the money of members, and POWER. Gobs and gobs of power.

      And what one person is the most powerful on Planet Earth at the moment?

      I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

      by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:13:26 PM PST

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      •  Jane Smiley has an excellent (4.00)
        description of the GOP cult this week: The Republicans: Winners or Perpetrators?

        She calls it 'tribal loyalty'. A sample:

        Conservatives, though, don't really mind doing harm to others, even murder, especially if they add the phrase, "for your own good." After all, people get harmed all the time--the world, to a natural conservative, is a harmful place and a vale of tears. To a conservative, the greatest crime is betrayal of the tribe, and if worst comes to worst, better that those outside the tribe (often not even defined as human) come to grief (get injured, get raped, lose everything, get killed, let's be honest) in preference to oneself or one's allies. To a true conservative, it doesn't matter that Jesus's number one rule was to do unto others as you would have them do unto you--they somehow read this as do unto others before they do unto you. Conservatives, I think, have a stronger flight/fight response than liberals. They are both more fearful and more aggressive. It shows in their religion (God is someone to fear), it shows in their child-rearing techniques (beatings,whippings, spankings are to be administered, not avoided), it shows in their attitude toward marriage and sexuality (conforming to one's own strict moral standards isn't enough--others must conform, also, or the whole society is in danger). To the conservative mind, harm may be justifiably done to others who do not conform. Doing harm to others is a relative evil, not an absolute one. It is, you might say, an aspect of winning.

        The War on Terror is terrorism

        by Halcyon on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 12:29:57 PM PST

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        •  Yes, tribal! (none)
          But in a bad way... not the kind of tribalness that bands people together, but the kind that says "our tribe is better than all others and we will kick your ass if you say different".

          I don't like Bizarro World... I want to go home to America.

          by willers on Sat Dec 31, 2005 at 01:10:05 PM PST

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