This is a segment of episode #180 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Suspension Of Consciousness: Culting, Donald Trump, & The Voice Of The Gods w/ Milton Bennett.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWbennett
Learn more about the work of Milton and the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity: https://www.idrinstitute.org
What is a cult in the literal sense, and what is "culting"? In this segment of my discussion with sociologist Milton Bennett, we examine the hardcore base of support for leaders such as Donald Trump. “Culting,” as explained by Milton, is a very specific form indoctrination, often with a central figure that is actively, whether consciously or not, building an unquestioning base of followers. In the exploration of this topic with Milton, we inevitably lead into his broader work in defining the development of intercultural sensitivity and communication, as expressed in the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity (DMIS). As Milton explains, American society and culture is not, in a general sense, progressing toward intercultural understanding and sensitivity at all, and is in fact moving backwards on the scale, away from the third step of “minimization of difference” (which we have been stuck on, as Milton says) and toward step two and ultimately toward step one — “the denial of difference.” Trump, like all leaders that have engaged in this process, take advantage of the historical and sociological conditions of the societies in which they rise to prominence within, particularly ones that are in a state of crisis, ideologically or otherwise.
Professor Milton J. Bennett is the director of the Intercultural Development Research Institute, and is the creator of the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity. Milton is an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Milano Bicocca in Italy. He holds a Ph.D. in intercultural communication and sociology and a Masters in psycholinguistics.