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Joel Kramer: When a person or ideology or group is what we call "feedback proof," meaning that no one or nothing external to the authority in the group can change things then it is authoritarian. We also define authoritarian as any person or ideology that assumes they know what's best for others. Under these definitions, many of the social structures of the world are authoritarian. The very nature of being unchallengeable and of wanting an authority to tell you what is right for you, or what to do, is a deep part of how the world works.

In a static world, where change is either slow or not valued at all, as it has been throughout much of human history, authoritarianism although it has caused human suffering has also been the fast way to get things done. However, we now live in a world of accelerated change. It is our thesis that in order to properly problem solve in a time of accelerated change it is essential to be sensistive and take into account the nature of the changes that are taking place around you. Authoritarianism by its nature and structure is a filtering device that keeps new information out because it is predicated on maintaining the power that has come through tradition. It is our point that as a species we no longer have the luxury to do that. So I would say authoritarianism itself as a mode of information transference is essentially unhealthy for these times.

People tend to think of cults as an information problem, a doctrinal problem. They are missing the point: cults are a family problem, since a cult is an artificial family that seeks to supercede your own and ultimately destroy it.

R. Watters, Feb 1998



1984 and Big Mother (Orwell revisited)
Absolute Certainty and the True Believer
Active Force Behind the WT: Holy Spirit or Deceptive Spirits?
Apocalypse, Lure of the
Are Jehovah's Witnesses good parents?
Are you happy now since leaving the WT?
Armageddon Syndrome
Bad Behavior Among Jehovah's Witnesses
The Armageddon Syndrome
Baloney detection kit "Occam's razor"
Bergman, Dr. Jerry: A Response to "Witness United" critique
Bergman, Response to "Witness United" critique part 2
Borderline Personality Disorder among Jehovah's Witnesses
Children: The Introduction Of Phobias and Other Development Traits In The JW Child
Choosing A Therapist (Guide for ex-JWs)
Classic Rutherford propaganda from 1943
College Education Ban Now "Old Light"
Coming Out of the Watchtower: Why Is It So Difficult?
Comparing the "One True" Churches
Confronting Witness Relatives
Critical Reading and Thinking Skills
Cult leaders as psychopaths: Rutherford highlighted
Cult of Parenthood: A Qualitative Study of Parental Alienation
Critical Reading and Thinking Skills
Cults: Do They Follow the Same Patterns?
Cults, Former Bethel Service Dept. John Bechtel on
Dating/ Witnessing to a Lapsed JW
Dating and Singles sites for JWs
Deprogramming and Exit-Counseling
Disfellowshipping and Simon Says: Shun Your Family
Distinguishing Information from Misinformation
Divorce My Jehovah's Witness Mate?
Eight Marks of A Mind Control Cult
Families Broken Apart by Jehovah's Witnesses: Can They Be Restored?
Family Connection: When A Cult May Not Be Your Worst Enemy (family involvement)
Father Images in Cults
From Deprogramming to Strategic Interaction (S. Hassan)
Governing Body as evil rulers causing death
Growing Up Within the WT: How Parents Are Taught to Influence Their Children
Hitchhiker's Guide to Jehovah's Witness Types
How I helped my family leave Jehovah's Witnesses
How Do You Feel After Leaving the Watchtower? (survey)
How to be Successful in Christian Ministry to JWs
How to React if your Child is Studying with the Witnesses
How the Governing Body Feeds Their Sheep (study in manipulation)
How Thought Reform Works (Dr. Margaret Singer)
How to Start an Ex-JW Support Group
How To Tell Your Children You Have Been In A Cult
Indoctrination: A Psychological and Sociological Examination
Influence: Ethics of Influence; Education versus Cult
The Invincible Delusion by Gary Busselman
Jehovah's (Hidden) Message Revealed
Joining the Club (how cults are like clubs)
JWS: A Threat to the Social Family Fabric
JWs and the Theocratic Subversion of Ethnicity
Language and Identity at the Kingdom Hall
LIES My Mother Told Me
LIFE After Leaving the Watchtower
Losing Fear and Guilt with HUMOR
Love of Structure or Love of God?
Manipulative talk: 'Are You Ready For the Finish Line?' by GB Samuel Herd 2005
Mind Control or Brainwashing? and Fear of Apostasy
Mind Control: A Response to Critics
Mind Control Used by the Watchtower
Miseducation of Jehovah's Witnesses
A Mom's Disassociation Letter after 40 years in the Watchtower
Myths and Facts About Cult Involvement
Opening the Closed Mind: How to Talk to JWs
Opening the Closed Mind: PDF version to print
Pew Survey of Religion and Public Life and Jehovah's Witnesses
Punishment Vibe: Use of psychological punishment in controlling cult members
Questions to Ask BEFORE You Join a Group
Quotes From the Watchtower On Psychiatry
Rage: The BOMB
RAPE: Watchtower Society's response to members being raped
Reflections on Marriage and Children after the Cult by Lorna Goldberg, M.S.W.
Report on Growing Up in Isolated Faith Communities
Science and Religion: A Painful Reality
Shunning: A Part of the Faith of Jehovah's Witnesses
Shunning: A One-Legged Stool
Study of Persuasion Techniques Used By The Watchtower (N. Beel)
Subliminal art in the Watchtower publications
Suicides in Nova Scotia
Support Groups, Starting and Maintaining (Christian Perspective)
Support Groups, How To Start (A Therapist's Perspective)
Support Groups, Tips for
Survey taken in 1991 among former Jehovah's Witnesses
Theocratic War Strategy: Why Jehovah's Witnesses Lie In Court
Theocratic Warfare Doctrine by Dr. Jerry Bergman
Therapists who work with Witnesses and ex-Witnesses
They Stole My Daughter Away!
Disfellowshipped JWs Known by Myself Who Committed Suicide in Eastern Canada
Understanding Watchtower Phobias: How and Why the Watchtower Uses Fear to Control Its Members
UNITY: Why Only the Cults Seem to Achieve It
Visual Rhetoric of Jehovah's Witness Iconography
Watchtower Teaches Youngsters To Give False Testimony in Court
What To Say When Cults Boast of their Unity
When Prophecies Fail (study of cognitive dissonance)
Why did you leave the Watchtower?
(survey) Why Some Can't Leave the WT and Why Disfellowshiped Persons Often Defend the WT
Women Who Are Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses
Women Who Must Recover Years Lost in the Watchtower

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