… or a Cult

That is, environmentalism specifically or leftism generally. I wrote about this recently, but Powerline passed on a link to an article in Mediumcalling attention to how the climate change fanatics resemble nothing so much as a full-blown religious cult“.

The Medium article itself references and discusses the contents of a web page from the Cult Education Institute site that enumerates the “[t]en warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader“. Powerline also includes this discussion, but I’ll just give the list below.

  1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
  2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
  3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
  4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions.
  5. There is no legitimate reason to leave, former followers are always wrong in leaving, negative or even evil.
  6. Former members often relate the same stories of abuse and reflect a similar pattern of grievances.
  7. There are records, books, news articles, or television programs that document the abuses of the group/leader.
  8. Followers feel they can never be “good enough”.
  9. The group/leader is always right.
  10. The group/leader is the exclusive means of knowing “truth” or receiving validation, no other process of discovery is really acceptable or credible.
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