Year: 1980 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.10, no.4, (1980), p.210-213 SIEC No: 19820597

Jim Jones and Jonestown are discussed from a political control point of view. Seven basic techniques of political control are identified: control of property and income, weaking of family ties, a sociopolitical caste system, control of egression (escape), control of verbal expression, cognitive control and emotional control. Jonestown is identified as a mini-totalitarian state ruled by a paranoid person.