[Marxism] Fwd: Scientology and the SWP: varieties of cult experience | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Apr 12 14:39:11 MDT 2015

Just as Alex Gibney’s documentary “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James 
Brown” helped to put a famous musician into perspective following the 
mannered and incoherent biopic “Get on Up”, he has come to the rescue 
once again with “Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief”, 
another documentary about the infamous cult that bears little 
resemblance to that depicted in Paul Anderson’s equally mannered and 
incoherent “The Master”. Perhaps one can excuse Anderson for making a 
film that was purportedly not about Scientology if at least it was a 
good film. Not knowing that much about neither the cult nor much of a 
fan of Anderson’s self-indulgences, the film amounted to a sheer waste 
of time for me. In contrast, Gibney’s documentary that is currently 
running on HBO was totally riveting especially for someone like me who 
belonged to a political rather than a religious cult. When former 
members of Scientology discussed being “Disconnected”, a term for 
ostracizing those who give hostile interviews to the press or run blogs 
that expose the cult, I could identify completely.


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