Wednesday, December 21, 2016
  Where are the deprogrammers?

Cults in the '70s turned alienated kids into weapons. Some of the cults had a religious flavor, some economic. All used the same boot-camp methods to replace ordinary logic and common sense with Total Obedience To Maximum Leader.

Late in the '70s, parents called on Deprogrammers who ran an inverse boot-camp to rip out the cult wiring and let normal wiring rebuild itself.

Where are the Deprogrammers for Sorosian cults?

Their job would be a lot harder today. In 1977 the cults were DIVERSE, owned and run by DIFFERENT PEOPLE who were competing for followers. In 1977 the media was not part of the cults. TV wasn't trying to teach common sense, but at least it wasn't explicitly reinforcing the messages of Moon or EI. The telephone system didn't actively censor your conversations to replace "fake thoughts" with Moonie thoughts. It just carried your speech in electrical form.

Now all cults are fully owned by Soros, all media are fully owned by Soros, and the Soros-owned phone system acts as an ever-present thought squasher. Deprogramming would be a lot harder, but it's always possible.

[I think I've asked this before, but it's still an important and unanswered question.]

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Later thought after reading this remarkably objective account of a young intellectual's journey into ISIS, war and death. The story is identical to the experience of the '70s, except that the '70s cults didn't make actual war.

Clearly the shock of entering a secular college is the key to many of these stories. People who skip college don't get the shock, so they're less likely to need a cult. We'd have a lot less cult problems if we shaped our expectations and subsidies toward apprenticeship instead of college. Alternately, we could return to an earlier era when both Rome and Islam had strong quasi-monastic centers of learning. It's clear that this particular story would have ended happily if the dude had been able to use his intellect in a sacred environment for sacred purposes.

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