In 1894, the Koreshans — a religious group that believed in gender equality, a hollow earth, and immortality through celibacy — made the banks of the Estero River in Florida their home. Despite the locals’ wariness of the settlement, known as the Koreshan Unity, they were tolerated because the rest of Estero benefited from their hard work. That was until the Koreshans decided to make an enemy of the local politicians by threatening their income, causing the death of their founder, Cyrus Teed.
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The Priest in the Arena
The phrase “man in the arena” has been popularized in recent years, but a lesser known, more dangerous archetype is the “priest in the arena”. This figure is responsible for a process called theocratic capture, where an institution surrenders to a cult demanding unaccountable authority, fueled by claims to privileged knowledge. These cults often target powerful institutions and attempt to monopolize conversations with scaremongering tactics and hostile treatment of allies. It is important to identify and stop theocratic capture before it can gain control. Read full article here