If you watched the film on the Rev. Jim Jones, you may of missed how Jones kept people from leaving his church. His methods are not unlike the same techniques used to control persons by authoritarian governments. The United States is under the spell of a death cult and just look at the similarities with Jim Jones' cult: Jim Jones would not allow church members to talk to one another. This purpose of this rule is to prevent the church members from realizing their true situation by jamming the all channels of communication. If the members do not communicate with one another, then no new leader could spontaneously appear to challenge Jones’ leadership. Also, it is more difficult to catch Jones in a lie, or a contradiction if members do not compare notes. Despotic regimes discourage free public discourse and flood communications agitation propaganda. Employers discourage employees from sharing information (monitoring workstations), like pay and salaries so that incomes cannot be compared and prevent unions from forming. Many church members were elderly that have life savings and assets that were turned over to the church. A member could not just leave the church without being financially wiped out. Most Americans’ retirement funds are in the stock market as 401k accounts so they will have a financial interest in an institution that isn’t in their financial interest taking some 20% of the account’s value over time. Jones deliberately created complex legal guardianship relationships among the members to split up families if any person left the church. So any ex-church member could end up being destitute and have a legal dependent to support to boot. The term “mortgage” literally means “to die.” A debt slave is unlikely to revolt. Even with all these protections Jones didn’t stop getting even more control of people. In a ruse to force members to prove loyalty to the church, Jones pressured members into signing false confessions that could be used to extort members. Despots are afraid of honest persons that cannot be blackmailed which is why a lie detector is one method of getting false confessions, or discovering personal secrets. Personal background investigations are often fruitful because The average American commits three felonies a day. Jones kept his members in a constant state of fear of the Other. There is always a boogieman like “antifa,” which no one can define, or the old Russian Communists trope except for presidents that are in debt to the Russian mafia and laundering dirty money for them. Jones commanded his followers to commit suicide....it's just the flu go to work!