Reader Doug emailed list from a HuffPo article all about cults.
It’s too much fun to waste, let’s see if global warming hippies count as a cult.
1.The leader and group are always correct and anything the leader does can be justified.
Check. Hippies gloss over Al Gore’s hypocrisy, Jim Hansen’s showmanship and Michael Mann’s fuzzy math. Because they cannot be wrong.
2.Questions, suggestions, or critical inquiry are forbidden.
3.Members incessantly scramble with cramped schedules and activities full of largely meaningless work based on the leader’s agenda.
Check. Weepy Bill’s 350.org loves the day of action work party.
5.Required dependency upon the leader and group for even the most basic problem-solving.
Check. Global warmists believe we need to be told how to live life, including how many kids we should have.
6.Reporting on members for disobedient actions or thoughts is mandated and rewarded.
Check. Any warmist that dares to stray off-message is instantly set upon by the likes of Joe Romm.
7.Monetary, sexual, or servile labor is expected to gain promotion.
Nope. Al’s 5th chakra notwithstanding, I can’t think of an example that fits. Feel free to add your own in the comments, if you can.
8.The ‘outside’ world — often including family and friends — is presented as rife with impending catastrophe, evil, and temptations.
Check. Little children have been trained to ‘re-educate’ their parents. Orwellian, much?
9.Recruitment of new members is designed to be purposefully upbeat and vague about the actual operations of the leader and group.
Check. Why yes, Greenpeace does just that.
10.Former members are shunned and perceived as hostile.
Check. Ask Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore how welcome he feels around hippies.
9/10. I think global warming counts as a cult. But you knew that.
Again, thanks to Doug for the tip.