Signs You’re in A Cult – The Cult of “Authority” or “The State”

CultMost people are aware of cults. Some are more familiar than others, having actually been in one, or having a loved one who was or still is. Religious cults are the most obvious. In addition there are self-help cults and marketing cults.

Some critics have accused the liberty movement as being a cult. However, when you break it down, it doesn’t fit the parameters. Really what is happening, is those accusing liberty-oriented people of being cult members are just projecting. Whether they realize it or not, they are deep within a cult of their own. It’s a cult so pervasive and effective, that people don’t realize they are a part of it.

Until a better name is put forth, I’d call it the Authority Cult. In Larken Rose’s excellent book, “The Most Dangerous Superstition”, he clearly outlines how the belief in “authority” is incredibly destructive to the ends of peace. It’s an excellent and enlightening read.

There are classic signs you are in a cult, and the Authority Cult is replete with them:

Brainwashing Techniques
There is no shortage of brainwashing going on in the Authority Cult. Children are indoctrinated from a young age to believe in “authority” and to respect those who claim to have it. The message is very effective, and the government schools churn out wave after wave of worker drones who are not likely question their beliefs and will hand over a huge portion of their earnings to the Authority Cult leadership.

Chanting is also another serious warning sign, and Authority Cult members are inculcated from an early age with the “Pledge of Allegiance” and other nationalistic hymns.

Charismatic Leaders
People in the Authority Cult may not agree on who the leader of their cult should be, but ultimately, they’ll do as their leader (they call the person “president”) tells them. If only to bide time until they can hopefully elect their own. Some cult members (“the military”) will even die for their leader. The cult is organized hierarchically and has many sub-leaders of lesser “authority” underneath the head.

Rituals
The Authority Cult members also engage in strange rituals, which they believe are completely normal. Believers in “authority” are seen doing things like standing up when a robe-wearing person called “judge” walks in or out of a room. They stand and put their hands over their hearts when chanting their brainwashing “pledge” (it used to be the fascist salute – see photos here). Every couple of years they engage in an “election” where they choose the cult’s next batch of leaders. These are just a few obvious examples of Authority Cult rituals.

Jargon
Not only does the Authority Cult employ euphemisms to cover for the violence that is the core of the cult, like “taxes” (extortion and theft), “corrections” (cages), and “public servant” (master), but the cult actually has a full language they call “legalese”. Legalese looks like English, but the words are re-defined by the cult intellectuals. For instance, in legalese, the word “person” can mean “corporations”, which are themselves nothing more than another cult belief. (A “corporation” in reality is some papers in a folder that the cult members use as an excuse to protect the upper crust of business owners from liability for their actions.)

Culture of Fear
Historically, many cults have been very difficult to leave. Believers in the Authority Cult will frequently tell others that “if you don’t like it, leave”, but ignore that the cult members control the “borders” and won’t let you physically leave without a pass issued by the cult. Besides, to where is someone who doesn’t believe in “authority” supposed to go? The whole world is full of Authority Cult members. Many people who reject believing in the cult go about it quietly. They are afraid of publicly leaving the cult, because they know the cult’s “public servants” may possibly kidnap and cage them. The cult does this to former members from time to time to send a message of intimidation. After all, if they just let you opt-out, others who have quietly rejected the cult beliefs might just get ideas and also stand up and speak out against the oppressive cult.

A Solution
See the cult for what it is: Men and women using costumes, rituals, indoctrination, and other distractions to keep their victims as blissful or incarcerated as possible so as to maximize the cult leaders’ power and money. Consider joining the Free State Project and/or Shire Society. People who have released the cult belief system should get together in the same place. You can escape the cult and help others live free of the idea of “authority” and its corrupting, angry, divisive, greedy influence. Please get to the Shire and get active – there is much to be done.

Thanks to Gene the Christian Anarchist and Larken Rose for inspiring this piece. Also thanks to the trolls on this blog for providing continuous absurd examples of the cognitive dissonance many people will experience when coming to realizations regarding their, in many cases, lifelong belief in “authority”.

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36 Comments

  1. April 4, 2012 by Ian

    "Besides, to where is someone who doesn’t believe in “authority” supposed to go?"

    xxxx

    I hear that Somalia and Mali are lovely this time of year.

  2. In other words,

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain."

    FTFY

  3. Note to all trolls:

    First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.

    We are entering Stage Four.

  4. Excellent Ian! You just admitted the real truth of free keene of what exactly goes on in your so called free society.

  5. "The concept of "cult" was introduced into sociological classification in 1932 …

    Like Troeltsch's "mystical religion", Becker's cults were small religious groups lacking in organization and emphasizing the private nature of personal beliefs.

    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.

    Sociologists still 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."

    from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult#Origin

    so maybe people should be defensive that they aren't members of a sect, as anti-authoritarianism is not novel or evolutionary at all.

  6. Brilliant! I get it.

    It's very "The Life Politic with Steve Zissou"-esque

  7. Hah, and I was just thinking to myself the other day that the Free Keeners use jargon that is a definite turn-off for most people. Things like jail = cage, uniform = costume, government = cult, police = thug, police department = gangs, etc…

    I held out some hope for the FSP and liberty movement in general back when it was getting started, but I'm continually feeling the movement refuses to "mature". It remains juvenile with steady supply of fresh-faced angst-ridden teenagers. It's not maturing because there's a mass exodus of activists from the movement once they reach a certain age where they can't help looking around and seeing that their squandering their lives on some always-out-of-grasp dream.

  8. No one should say the Pledge of Allegiance, as it was the origin of the nazi salute and nazi behavior (see the work of the historian Dr. Rex Curry). It continues to be the source of nazi behavior, even though the gesture was changed to hide the pledge's putrid past and its present purpose in the cult of the omnipotent state.

  9. Meh, while I agree with most of the points here, this article was poorly written. There's nothing that Ian says which Proudhon, Bakunin, Goldman, etc. didn't say much, much better.

    My website/blog: http://propagandalalaland.blogspot.com/

  10. To Julia: You may be right about the quality of the writing (although I didn't notice any problems with it), but I did read it, whereas I haven't read Proudhon, Bakunin, etc.

  11. To briefly summarize, nearly everyone in the US is in a cult except the free Keeners. And the way to “leave” the cult is to join the Free State Project / Shire Society.

    “Irony! Oh, no, no, we don't get that here. See, uh, people ski topless here while smoking dope, so irony's not really a, a high priority. We haven't had any irony here since about, uh, '83, when I was the only practitioner of it. And I stopped because I was getting tired of being stared at.” Steve Martin – Roxanne

  12. @Ian

    awwww thats cute, Ian is attempting insult us saying we belong to a cult. WE belong to no one you fool. I don't understand how that's rational when I don't see myself as a part of a cult. You see, one has to acknowledge themselves as a part of a cult to really be a cult member. Now you talk about brainwashing? Is making up information and pulling it out of your ass considered brainwashing or propaganda? I think so. Ian, your as human as everyone else, so your in no position to look down on us and say that we are indoctrinated. Therefore I advise caution when using that condescending tone young man. I will tell you this, son, it won't get you too far. We are a part of a country as is everyone. We pledge to uphold our country from aggressors, I must ask you how is that cult-like? let me answer it for you you idiot, its not. We pledge ourselves to our country, not to the government. I don't want to write too much since you exemplify the inability to form logical reasoning.

  13. oh and FYI you compare a cult to a disease since you titled this, "Signs You’re in A Cult." once again you are mistaken. If we were a part of a cult we would acknowledge it.

  14. @ Ian

    Time to send in Kelly Volynterist to deploy her two inflatable airbags but tell her not to pull the lever too hard, otherwise they'll explode which that should be Derrick J

  15. Whiny ass free Keene freaks!

    Keep poking that beehive! You won't like it when you get stung!

  16. I'd argue that Ian would reach far more people if he didn't come off as so self-righteous.

    Read the writings of the classical anarchists if you want much better examples as to how to convey an anti-statist message. Sure, they were intense, but they weren't all like, "ZOMG police are just men wearing costumes, just ignore them and pretend you're free la ti da ti da….".

  17. CDM,

    You mean like The Children of The Corn?

  18. There is no shortage of brainwashing going on in the FreeKeene Cult. Children are indoctrinated from a young age (evidenced by Kate using her little Sister as a pawn in the FreeKeene silliness).

  19. I wish more people would focus on the fiction of corporations.

  20. CDM on Wed, 4th Apr 2012 8:49 am

    It’s not maturing because there’s a mass exodus of activists from the movement once they reach a certain age where they can’t help looking around and seeing that their squandering their lives on some always-out-of-grasp dream.

    ——–

    True. Whatever happened to Heika? I'd rather see her stripping down than Lynne "Kelly the Christian Stripper" Sieradzki. Heck, I think I'd even rather see Kate Ager stripping down than Lynn Sieradzki. At least they don't have that hardened hooker look.

  21. Thanks for in reversely admitted that you Ian and your follows are a cult and

    you Ian are the cult leader hoarding all the money and yet I don't see any new]

    videos of you included but your followers yes, getting arrested for stupid crap…

    Yet your forum does censor and yet you talk against censorship on this site..

    you full of shit and a punk while that.. Am surprise a group hasn't come to you and say right in your face your full of yourself.. Your not about change for liberty no..

    you talking advantage of the situation and making money on it .. hope this comment doesn't disappear..

  22. I have a question,

    How much has property value shot up (ON the selling side) in the 75 Leverett St area?

    I only ask due to the presence of the broken down cop cruiser parked there along with dozens on couches on the porch.

  23. Enslave, you should know that FKers have a right to do whatever they want on their property because they're living free.

  24. that broken down cop cruiser is going to be their peace paTROLL vehicle (hah see what I did there pa-TROLLOLOL) I can't wait to see that thing get pulled over.

  25. @FreeKeene

    I want it to be known I am blaming the "victim" for a poor choice of tactics. What Derrick did basically is he looked for trouble (he knew what was going to happen) instead of stopped it.

    All I want you to know is this isn't a black and white society. It's not that we either are for or against the government. I must say that alot of what you call "trolls" (many of them former Freekeene supporters) are extremely intelligent people, but since their criticism for all of you was blatantly heard as illogical and irrelevant they were dismissed and considered trolls. HOWEVER I want you to think about this. Do you know why many places have signed trespassing papers against your group of fellas? Maybe its because you have commonly trolled them. Actually let me correct myself, it IS because you have commonly trolled them (don't deny it because I can bring you a plethora of examples) . What I am trying to say is that you have no ground to stand on calling us trolls when you take it a step further and troll people in real life.

  26. Any chance people from the two opposing groups could get together at the Porcfest camping trip in late June? I'm still thinking the mud wrestling and pugil stick jousting would be entertaining.

    It's an open campground (just make reservations, in advance), so you don't even have to be part of the FSP group, if the thought of that repulses you. Bring the kids… fun for the whole family.

    "Open microphone" arguments where each side gets to bitch at each other… could also be entertainment for everyone involved.

  27. Dozens of couches on the porch? That must be a HUGE porch!! LOL

  28. *WOOSH*

    ^that is the sound of all the substantative/valid comments made on this post rushing over Ian's head as he selectively lands on and chooses to address a completely insignificant figure instead.

  29. Trying to live freely is a cult while giving money to an institution focused on a man who lives in the sky is completely normal.

  30. I have to agree with "…?" Ian is trolling the blog!!!!!

  31. Thank you for posting that link Julia, you may find super-serftavists of Keene agree with you.

    Ian,

    I enjoyed your profiling of the state as a cult (which it is), however, your solution of joining another cult seems rather nefarious. Let me revise your "solution" to shine some light on what "reactionaries" will be stumbling into:

    A Solution

    See the freekeene cult for what it is: Men and women using Liberty Swag, arrest rituals, liberty indoctrination, and other distractions to keep their "lesser activists" (serfs) as blissful or incarcerated as possible so as to maximize the super activists’ power and money through media. Consider joining the Shire Society. People who have released the cult belief system should get together in the same place and dish out money. You can escape the popular cult and help others live free from “authority” and its corrupting, angry, divisive, greedy influence by allowing them to assume that role. Please get to the Shire and get active – there is much profit to be made from you.

    Please go to the shire society and sign at the dotted line, remember, the devil's in the details!

  32. I guess the comment I post recently now the post Ian and his disciples are implementing
    a new comment site got Ian scared and decide well not to delete my comment but to delete the whole
    post itself so their no more exposure to the comments of that particular post..

    Well Ian and Company INC..

    You just busted yourself, My advice to you is next time don't delete a post to your freekeene website u just exposed yourself.. Thank You.. Am Glad you did that.. Go ahead and try to delete this comment just more Evidence to me.. Ian are you sometimes afraid to walk outside.. I think your afraid to post on the web too.. well you look at the trolls as dissenters but guess what there
    telling the truth and you know you hate it…

  33. Jargon, charisma, and ritual are pretty standard parts of group dynamics. Or is every group a cult? Jonestown, Aum Shinrikyo, heavens gate, Manson family, moonies, EST, hare krishnas. What is the common element? Do they really have anything in common with the authority meme?

    I want to join the cult of Groucho Marxism, whose central teaching is the eternal truth of how to avoid joining cults.

    "I refuse to join any club that would allow someone like me to become a member."
    Groucho Marx

  34. There are some parallels with cults:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult
    but maybe authority has some honest justifications? Steven Pinker’s new “The Better Angels of Our Nature” suggests that government authority is responsible for much of the precipitous decline of violence in human history.

  35. There are some parallels with cults:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult
    but maybe authority has some honest justifications? Steven Pinker’s new “The Better Angels of Our Nature” suggests that government authority is responsible for much of the precipitous decline of violence in human history.

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