any self-perpetuating, non-rational/esoteric, ritual belief system established or perverted for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation.
Such groups are identified by the following, essential characteristics :
2). Self-appointed sovereign leadership. Pernicious cults are instigated and ruled by psychologically dominant individuals, and/or bodies of psychologically dominant individuals (often with impressive, made-up names, and/or ranks, and/or titles), who hold themselves accountable to no one. These individuals have severe and inflexible Narcissistic Personalities (i.e. they suffer from a chronic psychological disorder, especially when resulting in a grandiose sense of self-importance/ righteousness and the compulsion to take advantage of others and to control others’ views of, and behaviour towards, them).* They steadfastly pretend moral and intellectual authority whilst pursuing various, hidden, criminal objectives (fraudulent, and/or sexual, and/or violent, etc.). The admiration of their adherents only serves to confirm, and magnify, the leaders’ strong sense of self-entitlement and fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal love, etc.
Frank L. VanderSloot is one of 13 National Finance Chairs for Mitt Romney's 2012 Presidential campaign. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_L._VanderSloot
|'Mormon MLM' racketeer, Frank L. VanderSloot
Earlier, today, I posted an article in response to questions about whether I consider Frank VanderSloot's 'Melaleuca Inc.' to be a cult. Almost immediately, representatives of the individual who posed these questions have politely-requested that my article be modified. They apparently fear that, although (as previously-agreed) I didn't mention my enquirer by name, his/her anonymity might have been compromised by my disclosure of his/her nationality and profession.
It seems that a lot of people are genuinely scared of Mr. VanderSloot and his criminal associates. That said, there are a lot of other people, who are not.