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The Cult-like Psychology of the Progressive Movement
Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2019 | Sheriff David Clarke (Ret.)

Posted on 03/04/2019 2:24:28 PM PST by jazusamo

The non-stop push by the American left to dismantle existing American time-honored and time-tested institutions is how they will force socialism and central control on the American people. They’ll continue to destroy the bedrock institutions of Western culture, such as religion, schools, family, capitalism, businesses, law and order, the Constitution including the First and Second Amendment, and the rule of law. When those pushing back surrender at the ballot box, the scales will tip, and the left will achieve their ultimate plan to destroy America.

Has anybody noticed the ideology of the Progressive movement has significant similarities to the psychology of cults? Both are premised on brainwashing and lies. They both grow by hoodwinking people to distrust their sensibilities. Plain and simple. I looked at several studies on how cults form—whether centered on religion, politics or terrorism—and how they recruit their members. The parallels are so similar it’s difficult to discern the differences.

One study pointed out that cults are built around extreme, unusual or fringe beliefs. Think global warming, abortion and the scientific assignment of gender for instance. The recruitment process involves a radical extremist group seeking out people who are fed up with the way society is run, and they offer a solution to everything they dislike about society if they join their group. People seek out communities that validate their beliefs no matter how kooky they might be. These cults offer attractive promises. Think free healthcare for everyone, free college, reparations for slavery, a guaranteed income whether or not you work for it, and affirmative action programs that go on in perpetuity.

Studies on the psychology of cults point out that the most common types of people who join are those who feel disenfranchised. Notice that disenfranchisement is one of the most common words used in the race politics vocabulary. This victimology theme must constantly be renewed. This is accomplished by continually keeping people in a fit of rage about their unaccomplished life, keeping it front and center. Hence, Progressives' constant reminders of racism, discrimination, gender bias, Xenophobia, and homophobia. These wrongs are portrayed as alive and well in society. A mindset of victimhood has to be eternal, perpetual or it will fade from the cult member’s memory. Thus the creation of Black Lives Matter and the Woman’s March on Washington, Occupy Wall Street and Antifa. Rallies and demonstrations serve as their meeting places. Slogans like ‘tax the rich,’ ‘no blood for oil,’ ‘no justice no peace,’ become a rallying cry—a thing to stay organized around. These strong emotions make people angry and want to lash out at people outside their group like police officers. A favorite tactic used by cults and Progressives are smears that are unverifiable. Another tactic is to make accusations that are not evaluable like implicit bias.

Studies on cult psychology show that cults offer an opportunity for revenge. A pizza maker in Indiana is labeled a bigot, and his business is destroyed. Cake bakers in Colorado wanting to exercise their religious beliefs are sued in federal court. A hospital run by nuns wanting to exercise something outside the progressive ideology is forced to dispense birth control pills under a government-run healthcare scheme. And an us-versus-them mentality is essential to keep generating the requisite revenge.

Studies show that a destructive cult is an authoritarian regime that uses deceptions and mind-control techniques to make a person dependent and obedient. They use what is described as thought-stopping techniques where people are taught to stop doubts from entering their minds. A culture of compliance is mandatory. Tenets of Progressivism are Truths with a capital T and followers must pledge allegiance of abject servility even if they don’t understand it. If you are black and don’t call out whitey at every turn, your blackness is questioned. You are labeled an apostate, a traitor to your race. Also, don’t try to tell me that global warming true believers actually understand it as science. The cult of climate change leaders say that the science is settled and that there is no room for a counter view. All disagreeing voices are labeled climate change deniers worthy of punishment.

Progressivism like all forms of cultism is a germ we need to stop from spreading. It’s like cancer. All of it must be extracted for a healthy recovery to take place and for our country to go on in the fashion envisioned by the Founding Fathers.

Socialism and its forbearer communism have always been about mind-control to maintain power. The American experiment in freedom has always been about self-rule and self-determination. The American left understands these polar opposites well and will continue to destroy our country if we let them.


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Sheriff Clarke is dead on the mark.
1 posted on 03/04/2019 2:24:28 PM PST by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

The Cult-like Psychology of the Progressive Movement

Progressive should always be put in quotes. Because there’s nothing “progressive” about socialism or communism.


2 posted on 03/04/2019 2:30:57 PM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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He makes a solid case.
3 posted on 03/04/2019 2:34:19 PM PST by NobleFree ("law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual")
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To: jazusamo

They deceive the masses through mob mentality. The media tells them who to hate, and makes up a bunch of lies to justify it. Most have been whipped up to the point that they won’t listen to anything else, so the lies themselves are never checked. Hatred is the easiest emotion to manipulate a mob with.


4 posted on 03/04/2019 2:35:44 PM PST by Telepathic Intruder
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To: jazusamo

Yes Clarke is very articulate and insightful. The best way to counter mind control is through education. Formal and informal.


5 posted on 03/04/2019 2:40:41 PM PST by malach (We live in interesting times)
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To: Telepathic Intruder

The only thing “progressive” about their movement is that it’s *progressively* destroying our (once great) country.


6 posted on 03/04/2019 2:41:15 PM PST by ETL (Obama-Hillary, REAL Russia collusion! Uranium-One Deal, Missile Defense, Iran Deal, Nukes: Click ETL)
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To: jazusamo

Support for this theory includes ties between Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan (who endorses training in Scientology, and whose followers worked in election campaigns of Obama) and the Black Congressional Caucus (whose members are front and center in investigations of persons tied to the Trump administration).


7 posted on 03/04/2019 2:42:03 PM PST by research99
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To: jazusamo

The difference between Socialism and Comminism is the difference between Seduction and RAPE, you still got screwed


8 posted on 03/04/2019 2:45:47 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: research99

Yep...The wife and I watched the Leah Remini/Scientology series on A & E, though we knew some things about the cult it was an eye opener.


9 posted on 03/04/2019 2:48:47 PM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo
It's been a long time since I once did a lot of reading on cults, but I was reminded of one of the ancillary traits:

Members' public confession (in front of the cult group) is another biggy in cults. It's almost a mark of membership, a way to show your bonafides. Hence you get all these followers running around confessing their fake guilt, or issuing immediate apologies when the herd accuses them of violating the dogma. They will do anything to belong.

Pathetic!

10 posted on 03/04/2019 2:49:24 PM PST by tinyowl (A is A)
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11 posted on 03/04/2019 2:56:47 PM PST by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Yes, he’s spot-on. He is a sound thinker and writes extremely coherently.


12 posted on 03/04/2019 3:06:56 PM PST by Migraine
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To: jazusamo
Actual peer reviewed studys have show that progressives lack empathy compared to conservatives.

Nearly all progressives, especially environmentalists, have a Messiah Complex.

The 2016 election is a classic case of a Disconfirmed Expectancy.

13 posted on 03/04/2019 3:20:04 PM PST by Vince Ferrer
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If you want to see this up close, read the recent article in the WaPoo about the coming civil war. It’s all Trump’s fault, of course. Don’t forget to peruse the comments.

What you will find is the omission of antifa, BLM, pussie hats, hoaxes, attacks on conservative speakers and supporters, and assassination attempts on Republicans and cops. It’s all KKK, fascist, racists, gun nuts vs people who understand the truth and are morally superior.

Reality is eventually going to kick them in the teeth.


14 posted on 03/04/2019 3:26:09 PM PST by VanShuyten ("...that all the donkeys were dead. I know nothing as to the fate of the less valuable animals.")
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To: jazusamo

In a sane world Sheriff Clarke would be our President.


15 posted on 03/04/2019 3:45:10 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Break it off in 'em, Brett. They've earned it, and you've earned it.)
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To: jazusamo

Diagnosis, but no prescription.


16 posted on 03/04/2019 3:50:39 PM PST by Luke21 (Vote, vote, vote doesn't work, work work.)
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To: jazusamo

“Socialism and its forbearer communism”

That statement is backwards, socialism is the forebarer of communism, but otherwise he is correct.


17 posted on 03/04/2019 3:54:19 PM PST by Fai Mao (There is no rule of law in the US until The PIAPS is executed.)
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To: Hardastarboard

If we’d just repent and amend our sinful ways; I’d bet good money that sanity would start to return.


18 posted on 03/04/2019 4:04:38 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: jazusamo

To me the psychology is to stand everything on it’s head. Part of it is for a love of novelty and the new. Part of it is to usher in the minorities as a sign of equality and newness and for sheer spite. Emotion is praised, reason is kicked to the side. The mental supersedes the material: everything real is a mental construct and biology is out the window. It’s the effort to impose your will and whim on reality, especially others. Everything great is a sign of impiety; beauty is out and the cult of ugliness is in.

But why? Because we live in great times of prosperity and wealth. We are bored and long to be gods or, the next best thing, creative artists. In other words, this is the sign of decadent luxury and romanticism. We don’t have to think about going hungry — because that would put an end to all this idleness and escapism. We flatter ourselves that we are progressive, with our new luxuriant beard, the hipster latte... it’s all for show.


19 posted on 03/04/2019 4:50:35 PM PST by BEJ
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To: jazusamo

I really believe that Sheriff Clarke would make a fantastic director of the FBI.


20 posted on 03/04/2019 4:55:48 PM PST by wjcsux (The hyperventilating of the left means we are winning! (Tagline courtesy of Laz.))
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