No, if you check my posts I NEVER said that vegans are extremist. I dont know why you're so defensive about it.
I just said that these specific vegans that posted this list are showing clearly signs of dogmatism.
I think I was quite clear with my example, but allow me to simplify my stance: Not all Reps, Dems, Libs, etc are dogmatic. Just the extremist ones.
If you read the prior comments about veganism in general being a cult, and the chronological context of your post with similar generalized references of it as a cult, it was seemingly apparent that you were using cult in the same context as the posts that came before your own. You might see that it was not odd for me to draw that conclusion, but I wasn't sure, which is why I asked. I wasn't being defensive, I was simply seeking clarification.
I also thought this because you disagreed with me. My comment was in that context, stating that veganism in general is in no way a cult. I'd assume you'd agree with that. This small group may very well be a cult, but there are no real indications of that except speculation and weak inference...
Dogmatism is not a sure sign of a cult. Cults do require dogmatism, but not everyone who's dogmatic is in a cult. Almost all professional basketball players are very tall, but just because someone is tall doesn't mean that they are a basketball player.
I assume you're not saying that all extremist Republicans, Democrats, etc. belong to a cult?
A Primer on Cults and Ideologically Extremist Groups
This primer explores the question "What is a cult?" and attempts to explain some of these behaviors that may often seem incomprehensible.
What are cults, and how do they work? A useful definition of a cult builds on the work of Lifton, Singer, Arendt and others and encompasses the following five points:
• The group is led by a charismatic and authoritarian leader
• It has a closed, steeply hierarchical inner structure
• The group adheres to an exclusive or total belief system
• Processes of coercive persuasion (or brainwashing) are used to retain followers
• Followers are exploited
The inner structure of a cult is closed, and steeply hierarchical. At the top sits the leader whose every whim must be obeyed. Followers must renounce ties to outsiders - unless they can be recruited or used in some way. Yet within the group itself, belying the stereotype of close "community" that exists within cults, followers are, in important ways, isolated from each other, allowed to communicate only within the narrow confines of the group's belief system.