It's evident from volconvo and the wider community, particularly the world's legislatures, that conservatives inhabit a self-reinforcing society based on fear, hatred, and lies. They have a dogma that is utterly disconnected from the real world. And, rely on the brain washing of supporters, not unlike Scientology."A cult is a group or movement exhibiting a great or excessive devotion or dedication to some person, idea or thing and employing unethically manipulative techniques of persuasion and control (e.g. isolation from former friends and family, debilitation, use of special methods to heighten suggestibility and subservience, powerful group pressures, information management, suspension of individuality or critical judgment, promotion of total dependency on the group and fear of [consequences of] leaving it, etc.) designed to advance the goals of the group's leaders to the actual or possible detriment of members, their families, or the community." -- Louis Jolyon West, psychiatrist and human rights advocate.
Conservatism is a cult, complete with its spiritual leaders like Limbaugh, Beck, Coulter, Palin, etc. All very wealthy people, thanks to the followers of the conservative cult.
The cult of conservatism is further expanded by corporate media owners who directly benefit when the cultists take control of governments and create public policies and tax structures that directly benefit them, and actually harm the majority of the followers of the conservative cult.
To be a member of the conservative cult--like all cults--demands that all critical faculties by suspended and unquestioning belief be afforded to the priesthood. Any challenge to the conservative cult's belief--no matter how well-founded and factually true--are rejected, ignored, or vilified.
Like many cults, too, the conservative cults appeals to the most ignorant and uneducated and while doing so strips them of the few assets and monies they possess.
In the US, the conservative cult has merged with some branches of Christianity making it even more difficult for many followers to break away from the conservative cult. These Christian conservatives preach that conservative "principles" are consistent with Christianity which, of course, is another outright lie which even a cursory understanding of Christ's teachings reveals.
Further evidence of the fact that conservatism is a cult is that as people become better educated they reject the conservative cult's extreme dogma. That's why there are so few conservatives in the world's universities.
In my view, conservatism--and in particular, Christian conservatism--is a cult, and the people who are ensnared by it ought to be treated as victims. Those who lead it ought be treated as criminals.
It's difficult, in my view, consider conservatism and conservatives dispassionately and not come to the conclusion that conservatism is a cult--a very dangerous one--and its followers brainwashed victims no longer capable of independent thought.