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The Cult Leader Appreciation Thread

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List your favorite cult leaders. Mine is TV’s Frink.

EDIT: I guess Frink is the only one I like. Now I’ll just list some of my most hated cult leaders.

The Person in Question

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Are you allowed to say that in a non-double-top-secret thread, mfm?

I would say Frosty the Snowman.

The blue elephant in the room.

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Herbert W. Armstrong. He made my parents the self-righteous, legalistic fundamentalists they are today.

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CatBus said:

Ayn Rand.

This guy is worse than she ever was in terms of psychotic right-wing cult figures:

Stefan Molyneux (Free Domain Radio)

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moviefreakedmind said:

CatBus said:

Ayn Rand.

This guy is worse than she ever was in terms of psychotic right-wing cult figures:

Stefan Molyneux (Free Domain Radio)

Yeah, I used to think “sure, there’s people with crazier ideas than Rand, but they don’t have the same degree of influence.” Now I know better. There really is no bottom.

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I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

The blue elephant in the room.

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Mrebo said:

I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

Anthem was a good book. I liked it but I haven’t read it in over a decade. I’d say Ayn Rand has a cult following more so than ever being a cult leader. Molyneux has a frightening personal influence over his fans (most of which are alt-right these days). He’s notorious for demanding that his followers abandon their families if they have political disagreements. His wife actually got in legal trouble for being a fraudulent and predatory psychiatrist that encouraged her patients to sever ties with their families. At least Ayn Rand has the decency to be dead now. Molyneux is a living cult leader. 😉 (Better add the winky face to let everyone know I’m being hyperbolic. People don’t like jokes these days).

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moviefreakedmind said:

Mrebo said:

I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

😉 (Better add the winky face to let everyone know I’m being hyperbolic. People don’t like jokes these days).

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Mrebo said:

I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

Ever hear of Alan Greenspan or Paul Ryan? She’s basically an extreme, unrepentant form of Gordon Gecko. And her sci-fi is meh at best.

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CatBus said:

Mrebo said:

I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

Ever hear of Alan Greenspan or Paul Ryan? She’s basically an extreme, unrepentant form of Gordon Gecko. And her sci-fi is meh at best.

The first two seem like reasonable enough people. All I know about Gordon is that he is greedy and/or a lizard. Don’t recall whether I knew Rand wrote sci-fi. The Canadian is entirely new to me.

The blue elephant in the room.

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Mrebo said:

CatBus said:

Mrebo said:

I’ve never understood why Rand is seen as so influential and a lightning rod. Then again I’ve never read her books.

Ever hear of Alan Greenspan or Paul Ryan? She’s basically an extreme, unrepentant form of Gordon Gecko. And her sci-fi is meh at best.

The first two seem like reasonable enough people.

Paul Ryan is reasonable if you’re insanely rich and have an affinity for spineless wastes of space, I guess.

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I definitely wouldn’t call him a cult leader.

The Person in Question

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I wouldn’t either. He has the personality of drywall.

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Guess he isn’t reasonable then!

The blue elephant in the room.

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I think in seriousness if a “cult” is big enough (i.e. millions), it must include seemingly normal people. There are different degrees of cult devotees. In Rand’s case, there are the full-on-Kool-Aid-literalists who think the world ends when they die*, and there are people who just think the Golden Rule is for saps who don’t know how to leverage their advantage. Paul and Greenspan are toward the latter end. Their thinking is infused with her philosophy, but they probably would still be standing in a Jonestown scenario. They believe as much as benefits them at the time, which I guess is sort of meta-objectivist.

* Yes I realize there’s a symbolic philosophical thing going on here, but it’s still effed up.

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Frosty inspires a following where every year his devotees gather for a ritual involving a sacred relic and various charms to bring him back to life and then they pledge their allegiance.

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My elementary school principal. He had the whole school in this weird cult where we worshiped this striped drape that was on every classroom wall. We had to say a rehearsed prayer to the thing every morning. I’m glad I escaped that creepy place.

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Dek Rollins said:

My elementary school principal. He had the whole school in this weird cult where we worshiped this striped drape that was on every classroom wall. We had to say a rehearsed prayer to the thing every morning. I’m glad I escaped that creepy place.

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Harmy is one of our leaders…

Harmy has put up a video on youtube - just to remind everyone that Fan Edits must never be bought or sold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrwKZHv4OS0

 

Personally, as a member here, I’d encourage everyone to watch it and upvote that video.

 

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Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?
And say something righteous and hopeful for a change?

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^ Quite a feat of gymnastics there, keeping that post on topic. 😉

Doesn’t this website have a better way to create mandatory announcements?