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Inside the social media cult that convinces young people to give up everything

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    Grendel
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    I've done a little research down the rabbit hole of Gnostic esotericism, hermeticism, alchemy, and Crowley sex magic. It's a fascinating area of study from a historic perspective. It's interesting...

    I've done a little research down the rabbit hole of Gnostic esotericism, hermeticism, alchemy, and Crowley sex magic. It's a fascinating area of study from a historic perspective.

    It's interesting that this cult tried to combine all of that with current ideas of racial and economic justice. I wonder how much of this the leaders actually believed and how much was just a tool to manipulate people.

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    1. thistle
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      So much of that seems simply manipulative. The 'tiers' thing, fees for courses, the hierarchy: it all reeks of manipulative cults like scientology. It'd be dangerous to consider it anything but that.

      So much of that seems simply manipulative. The 'tiers' thing, fees for courses, the hierarchy: it all reeks of manipulative cults like scientology.

      It'd be dangerous to consider it anything but that.

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