How cults work
As I was around the informants, it occurred to me more than ever that they, the informants are being controlled in a similar fashion, to how cults work. Examining how cults work, I think will give a better understanding into how the informants are being controlled. It’s in no way shape or form as obvious, but it’s the same mechanisms that are being used to control the informants.
The system controls, conditions, the same way that a cult would. I think this is worthwhile to understand to understand how they are kept in line, rewarded for obeying, told that we are evil, they are a family in the same way cult members become family. They attack outsiders the same way. As I watched this video, which is a bit older, I could see each theme as it relates to the informants.
How cults work
Others have written about this, but aside from the 5 monkeys video that I posted the other day, this is how they structure it, and the branches of this cult are everywhere. The schools, churches, jobs, etc.
The part in the video where it says establish fronts, reminds me of how society is set up, and most of us usually fall into one of these branches of control throughout our lives.
This is why we see the mobbing, harassment, retaliation at every sector of society as well, and this is in some ways why some of the informants don't see it, those that do are probably in the same situation that cult members who want to leave are. Since this cult is at the core of society, it's a cult that I am guessing is not too easy to leave.
As I watch the video, I wish I could transcribe it, because I can so easily relate it to the informants and what I have seen. Watch the video it's short, but it very informative.
"Make them feel part of an elite group with an important mission"
"Tighten your groups bond by establishing scape goats and enemies"
"Demonize outsiders as less than human. bias, corrupt, or conspiring against the group"
"Develop an us vs them mentality"
On it goes, but I think that it's really interesting. Other targets have looked into this aspect of it, so there is info here, and on others sites about how cults work. No you would not know if you were a part of a cult, and they don't always have anything to do with religion.
"Indoctrinate with fear"
"Suggest that if they should ever leave, something bad could happen to them"
"Without us you are likely to get into a bad accident, get sick, or even die"
"Make it easier for them to die for you, by calling their bodies containers"
I have seen these informants willing to do some stupid things for this cult, and it's little wonder, this video help shed even more light on what the informants experience.
I don't know if this is fully correct, because Anna Funder when she went to East Germany and talked to the Stasi, they said that they had enjoyed it, and they had no remorse, but then maybe it was like a cult as well. I don't know, but this is worth looking into.