Apparently not all cults are created equal.
It's crossed my mind that with the "right stuff" it wouldn't take much to start a cult. The going will be tough.
For those of you that may be wondering why I would write this discussion I should explain that I was being recruited into a cult myself for over a 12 year period. You can read about that on my blog. The following items below are things that I experienced from this cult leader.
A few brief ideas for a recipe to begin a cult are the following ingredients:
Help me add on to this list....
Well, I think you covered most of the things I would have thought of. I do thing the biggest and most important ingredient is to find people who have no friends and no family support and give them a new family with strict codes of conduct. There are a lot of lonely people out there who will give up their common sense in trade for an extended family.
you could invent a new twist on psychology like the scientologists
This video pretty much sums it up:
You forgot that you have to bind them in sexually, unless I missed that part. That is how it work with David Koresh, Jim Jones, and the early 'churches' during the Restoration, like the Oneida Colony and stuff.
You have to make people feel very important, give them jobs, and you have to elevate others to do damage control so that they will feel more bonded, and others will fear/respect/follow them as well. Just think of the 70's experiment in the movie The Wave.
Sounds fun, let's go start a 'church'!