As the SNPs membership and politicians continue their slow and painful metamorphosis into Blairite style clones, AhDinnaeKen asks just how many signals does it take until the cult of personality warnings sink in.
I wonder if other political dogs think Murdoch’s SNP poodles are members of a weird religious cult.
By Belter Skelter
ACCORDING TO the Cults Undermine Negative Traits Society, current behaviours exhibited by SNP members in relation to their leader display all the hallmarks of classic ‘cult of personality’ syndrome
The American based society, founded in 1971 following the conviction of cult leader Charles Manson, has more than 40 years of expertise in their field.
In their tireless work throughout the United States in protecting the vulnerable, the Society has identified fourteen indicators that a cult belief system is in fact in operation.
The first and most important centres around the ‘charismatic’ leader whose modus operandi is to appear so righteous, invulnerable and exalted that believers/followers would indeed swear they can ‘walk on water’.
In order to clarify and simplify understanding, we today publish the 14 symptoms and provide a small comment under each by the First Minister of the Cults Undermine Negative Traits Society.
In terms of Sun King Alex of Salmond’s iron grip on his cult (party) here are the readily identifiable traits:
1) The group is focused on a living leader to whom members seem to display excessively zealous, unquestioning commitment.
Despite the cosying up to plutocrats, monopolists and inhumane corporatists, cult members always find an explanation: “We need the jobs, we need the publicity, we need the business, shut yer face he ken’s whit he’s daeing etc are commonly offered excuses.”
2) The group is preoccupied with bringing in new members.
Membership of the SNP has grown by over 30,000 in the last few months. Due to reliance on other traits of the cult, this membership is steadily growing.
3) The group is preoccupied with making money.
Every cult needs money in order to ‘get the message out’. SNP donors include SNP cult members themselves, rich individuals with potentially sinister agendas and naive lottery winners.
4) Questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged or even punished.
The recent controversy regarding the Sun King’s love in with another Sun King, was met by universal silence in the ranks. Dissent would have meant political suicide and public punishment.
5) Mind-numbing techniques (such as meditation, chanting, speaking in tongues, denunciation sessions, debilitating work routines) are used to suppress doubts about the group and its leader.
Repeat ad infinitum: Too wee, Too poor, Too stupid; Too wee, Too poor, Too stupid; Too wee, Too poor, Too stupid; Too wee, Too poor, Too stupid; Too wee, Too poor, Too stupid; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ; Longshanker is a … ;
6) The leadership dictates sometimes in great detail how members should think, act, and feel (for example: members must get permission from leaders to speak, appear on radio, appear on television).
Example: JOBS, IT’S ALL ABOUT JOBS. IT BEGGARS BELIEF THAT YOU THINK IT COULD BE ABOUT ANYTHING OTHER THAN JOBS. Don’t let anyone appear on Newsnight following James Murdoch’s revelations ffs.
7) The group is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself, its leader(s), and members (for example: the leader is considered the Messiah; the group and/or the leader has a special mission to save the Scots humanity).
Watch and listen to the SNP party conference and cringeworthy reverential eulogising of the Sun King by Auld Nick Sturgeon – a prime example of this trait in action. Notice how the cult members lap it up.
8) The group has a polarized us-versus-them mentality, which causes conflict with the wider society.
Examples: “The BBC are biased against the SNP. The Labour party hate us. The Tory Party fear us. The LibDem Party want to be us. Scots who disagree with us are anti-Scots, the media actively smear our glorious Sun King.”
9) The group’s leader is not accountable to any authorities (as are, for example, military commanders and ministers, priests, monks, and rabbis of mainstream denominations).
Sun King Alex of Salmond is only accountable to the sovereign will of the Scottish people and himself. Cult members find it hard to distinguish between the two. Hipcress and Soames in their 2011 theses actually furthered the argument stating their belief that some cult members do actually believe that the Sun King is the living embodiment of Scotland. Therefore the Sun King is only accountable to himself. Classic cult of personality trait.
10) The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group (for example: lobbying for corporate media empires, unprecedented hijacking of local democracy in action, writing letters of abasement to banking pariahs)
See number 6. It’s all about jobs. He has to deal with these people in order to promote Scotland’s greater interests.
11) The leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them.
Humbug and hypocrisy covers this. Any members with feelings of guilt about the association with Goebbels Murdoch can deflect these feelings onto the Labour party instead.
12) Members’ subservience to the group causes them to cut ties with family and friends, and to give up personal goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group.
Plurality, free thought, love of other policies, individuality, free expression. All are given up in the cult of the Sun King.
13) Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group.
Monitoring of the Telegraph, Scotsman, Herald, Sun, Daily Record, BBC, STV, Radio, Blogs. Cult members like to self deprecatingly refer to it as geekdom or cybernattering.
14) Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialise only with other group members.
Take a look at the Wings Over Scotland blog to see what happens to dissenting voices; redaction of posts, censorship, mockery, group bullying, hypocrisy, obfuscation, name calling, ad hominems, sophistry, evasion, double standards, misanthropy, narcissism, solipsism, alleged moral code etc etc etc.
Anyone with any sense of plurality or free thinking ability, should steer clear of the party and its drone supporters until some semblance of sanity returns post-referendum when the Sun King is much less likely to maintain his iron grip on his cult followers.