Monday, October 03, 2005

Part 3

continuing...

(2) Defection of members:

While all groups have occasional seekers who drift in and out, a sudden spate of defections, particularly by ranking individuals or hard-core acolytes from a closed organization indicates considerable internal upheaval and a sharp change in group direction.
Sometimes, statements by defectors are the first indicators police may have that criminalities have occured.
Defections often reflect a shift, a drive beyond where some members are prepared to go. Defections then are a direct challenge to leadership control and operate as both cause and effect. The leader's control methods and aims may cause defections; in turn defections force the leader to more strongly assert control. Like failed prophecies, failure to retain followers impels the leader to exert more rigid control measures.
Successful lawsuits by ex-members and the expected defection of his special effects technician are believed to be dual triggers in the first Solar Temple murder-suicides.
Fear of revelations by ex-members may accelerate a destructive game plan - a factor in the Lundgren/ Kirkland murders.
Enforced defections such as the removal of children from a cult by social agencies as in the case of the Ant Hill Kids can produce the same effect.
Loss of members represents a critical period in cult dynamics. Perhaps for the first time, the leader is forced to take into account an outside reality: society does not recognize a spiritual rationalization for child sex abuse.

...continuing.

4 comments:

Stephen Newton said...

Bernita,
Interesting peek into that world, for sure. Back in the 60s, I always suspected most of the underground groups were organized and run by FBI informants to ferret out potential instigators.

They all ended up writing articles based on their experiences like the one from Blueline. They created the art of profiling by studying us close up.

We knew they were suspect merely because they knew how to organize and the energy to get up early in the morning.

Bernita said...

Steve, I assure you my Blue Line article is not the result of any "infiltration" on my part.
In any suspect subversive group, one will probably find: undercover agent(s) from one or more police services, a journalist, a paid informant, a private investigator, and one or two from the opposing political spectrum.

Bonnie Calhoun said...

I like your beginning statement in the fourth post back: Doomsday Problem-Part1...."Lately, I've sensed a certain post-millenial fear borne on the winds that blow through the interstices of the web. The stink of paranoia, the scent of conspiracies. Such smells suggest breeding grounds, just like a good pile of horse manure is for maggots." I would call the the Quote of the week...Sorry Stephen for stealing your line :-)

This smacks of the chicken and the egg conundrum. The Bible is the origination of Doomsday theory, because of God's word proclaiming the beginning of sorrows and the end of days.

Now irregardless of whether you believe in the bible or not, pay attention to all these nut jobs. Their meglomania all originates from a god complex. They are the gods. Most cults today have at their nexus, a leader who fancies himself as a Doomsday prophet of God, ie.. David Koresh, Jim Jones, and that strange Californian cult with the comet. Even Al Qaeda gets their 'word' from the Koran of Allah, that says they will take over the world in the next twenty years.

So which came first? From my point of view God came first, and He's just giving us a heads up on what kind of people will be festering around us, like sores, at the end.

Bernita said...

I tend to call it "god-disease"...