Podcast 317 | The Consumer Cult

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus ·

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan speak with Amanda Montell, author of Cultish, about what makes a cult a cult, and they answer the following questions:

  • Who decides whether a cult is a cult?
  • Are cults strictly negative?
  • Is CrossFit a cult?
  • How do otherwise reasonable people fall susceptible to cults?
  • What are the characteristics of a cult?
  • What is the “thought-terminating cliche”?
  • What are the “exit costs” of cults?
  • What are some red flags to look for regarding cults?
  • Why does it seem the US is replete with cults?
  • How do cults start?
  • What is the “cult of consumerism”?
  • How do cult members not see how it’s hurting them when it’s so obvious to everyone else?

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Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at MinimalMaxims.com.

  • “Every dogma comes prepackaged with a blindfold.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “A self-righteous person is unable to see the truth.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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