Because of the “Zeitgeist” film series being associated in the mainstream media and blogosphere with Jared Loughner, the disturbed individuals who committed the heinous murders and injuries in Tucson, Arizona, the Zeitgeist Movement is now being deemed a “cult” by various writers on the internet. But is the Zeitgeist Movement or “TZM” as it is officially abbreviated, really a cult?
Let us look at the definition of “cult“:
Using one or more of these definitions, a case could be made that practically every group could be construed as a “cult.” Even people posting like-minded comments and thumbs up on a blog could be deemed a “cult.”
Do members of the Zeitgeist Movement act cultish? Yes, from my experience some do. But so do members of churches, mosques, synagogues and atheist groups all over the world. Moreover, entire political groups such as Republicans and Democrats also act cultish, as do conservatives and liberals. The followers of politicians from the left and right both act cultish – and they are often guilty of verbally and/or physically attacking people who disagree with them.
As I say in my essay “What is a Cult,” using the criteria presented here, we can categorize virtually any group of individuals with shared ideology as a cult, and that includes all religions and organizations known to mankind. Let’s keep that fact in mind next time someone starts shouting, “Cult! Cult!” He or she may be a cult unto him or herself.