Death in Jonestown: Techniques in Political Control by a Paranoid Leader
Lasaga J I
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.