How People Get Recruited Into Cults - Stories
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: May 15, 2018 08:30PM

I Was Recruited by Allison Mack’s Sex Cult
Rachel Goldberg


I consider myself a slightly skeptical person, but I’ll also try most anything once, and I’m always willing to listen to someone who’s benefited from something. Which is how I ended up being recruited by NXIVM — the organization that’s recently been accused of sex trafficking and forced branding, and resulted in the arrests of founder Keith Raniere and Smallville actress Allison Mack, among others.

I was recruited by a friend; at first, I thought all the people he introduced me to were fairly interesting, and certainly smart. It wasn’t until I read those headlines that I thought, “Holy shit. Perhaps that party was sketchy.”

So how does one actually get recruited by a now-infamous sex cult? For me, it began with a professional development workshop a former job of mine paid for, aimed at “optimizing our potential.” This group had no affiliation with NXIVM, but it opened a gateway into a community of self-improvement aficionados.

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If a recruiter jokes about the group being a cult -- BEWARE
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: May 15, 2018 08:40PM

The term cult describes a specific set of organizational behaviors that do distinguish an exploitative group from one that may be dysfunctional but does not damage people the way cults do CULTS DO DAMAGE IN SPECIFIC WAYS.

It is because the term "cult" is specific and powerful that putting cult into the search engine will give you exactly the information that cults conceal from you when recruiting you.

Anyone who tries to take the power out of the term cult by joking about it, trivializing it, claiming a cult is the same thing as a New Religious Movement is being strategically defensive.


Non cultic groups do not conceal information from prospective recruits.

Rachel Goldberg was eventually invited to an evening event at the apartment of a very beguiling person who gave the sales pitch for NXIVM and Keith Raniere.

Goldberg mentions something important: This recruiter used the "other people" gambit. This was a subtle, effective way to create a sense of intimacy by making a distinction between this elite group at his apartment and the silly other people outside the charmed circle who dare suggest that Raneire is leading a cult.


Matt came across as pragmatic and down to earth. And most of all, he obviously believed in his pitch. I found it endearing.

He shared individual stories of those who’d benefited from the program — most notably, how one of his siblings had cured his speech disorder through ESP, all thanks to Keith Raniere’s technology. He even preemptively addressed criticisms.

“Some people think we’re a pyramid scheme, some people think we’re a cult. But we’re really none of those things. We’ve got CEOs, entrepreneurs, politicians …” and he named some fairly high-profile people that I won’t mention here, because, y’know, sex-trafficking affiliations. (Because he’d mentioned cults, I went home and went way deep into ESP Googleland afterward. There were freaky rumors bubbling up, but nothing like what’s now come to light.)

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How a cult targeted and courted a high value recruit
Posted by: corboy ()
Date: May 17, 2018 09:33AM

This article is fascinating and detailed.

The brief excerpts were selected as examples of recruitment tactics used to beguile wealthier, more influential 'marks'.

Her Darkest Role: Actress Allison Mack's Descent From 'Smallville' to Sex Cult
by Scott Johnson, Rebecca Sun May 16, 2018, 6:00am PDT



For this particular Jness weekend, Raniere had dispatched key members of his senior team. Sara Bronfman — who, along with her sister Clare, was an heir to the vast Seagram Co. fortune and a source of substantial financial backing for Raniere — had flown out on her private jet. Salzman's daughter Lauren, a high-ranking member, also came. The reason for the charm offensive: They knew that Allison Mack, then 23 and an actress on The CW's Smallville, would be in the audience, brought by co-star Kristin Kreuk, who had recently joined the group.

This wasn't the first time Nxivm had rolled out the red carpet (Dones calls it "love-bombing") for VIPs. They'd done it for Dynasty star Linda Evans and for the uber-wealthy sons and daughters of disgraced Mexican politicians, who had been flocking to Nxivm in droves. Mack wasn't the first Hollywood catch, but she was a big one — a fan favorite with vivid green eyes and a bubbly charisma. This was her first exposure to Nxivm, and the group's senior leaders wanted to make it special.

Dones says that Lauren Salzman attached herself to Mack that weekend, eating meals with her. "By the end of the weekend, Lauren and Allison were like best friends," she says.

When the seminar concluded, Mack accepted an invitation to fly on the Bronfmans' private jet back to Albany, New York, to meet Raniere in the flesh. They told her Raniere could help her with her acting career. This was a rare development, even for a VIP; most high-profile initiates had to complete at least one 16-day "intensive" at a cost of $7,500 before being granted an in-person meeting with Vanguard.

A couple of weeks later, when Dones traveled to Nxivm's corporate offices and training facility in Colonie, north of Albany, she was surprised to see Mack still there. One Friday night, when Raniere gathered his followers, male and female, in a nearby public gym for a weekly game of volleyball, she found Mack sitting in the bleachers, smiling contentedly at the players. "She said she was having a great time," says Dones.


A close friend and former roommate of Mack's, who previously had rebuffed her solicitations, agreed to have lunch with her, only to find that the rendezvous was actually an ESP recruitment meeting. "They wanted to have an image of success, so it was at a multimillion-dollar property overlooking the ocean in the Pacific Palisades," he says. "You drive up and immediately see the wealth." Mack told him that she would pay for his courses. Instead, he confronted her and told her she was in a cult. "If you used that word, you were done," he says. "You were excommunicated from her life."

Raniere deployed his young TV stars to recruit college students, dispatching Mack, Kreuk and Clyne to emcee A Cappella Innovations, a festival for university singing groups that, according to comments left on an online forum right after the event, left several attendees "unsettled" over the hosts' repeated requests for personal information, such as Social Security numbers. The outreach wasn't entirely successful. "The college kids got uncomfortable," says Bouchey. "Students felt pressured to join the club."

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Re: How People Get Recruited Into Cults - Stories
Posted by: jesup ()
Date: May 20, 2018 10:29PM

I don't see anything about the group Meher Baba on this forum. It is a very big group in my City and sounds like it might be a cult but Im to sure. Has anyone heard of this group or has anything to say about it that might educate me and others? Thank you

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