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I couldn't put it better than Steven Hassan:
A destructive cult is a pyramid-shaped authoritarian regime with a person or group of people that have dictatorial control. It uses deception in recruiting new members (e.g. people are NOT told up front what the group is, what the group actually believes and what will be expected of them if they become members). It also uses mind control techniques to keep people dependent and obedient.
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About L. Ron Hubbard
Bridge Publications (Scientology)
Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health by L. Ron Hubbard
InterNET Services Corporation
Paul Zane Pilzer