The Desteni Cult web log is a repository for interpretations of the Desteni group AKA the Equal Life Foundation of South Africa and its supporters, the Destonians, that may differ from the ones they have created for themselves.
It discusses projects of Desteni / the Equal Life Foundation such as the Living Income Guaranteed (LIG), the Desteni I Process, the School of Ultimate Living, the Equal Money System, Eqafe and Techno Tutor.

The blog is a response to the tens of thousands of items published on the Internet by members of Desteni. Its purpose is to document points of view from a variety of different sources about Desteni / the Equal Life Foundation, and to provide relevant information via web links. 

It is also intended as a forum for perspectives that may be in agreement or dissent. On-topic comments are welcome and will be published regardless.

The use of the word, 'cult' is with reference to Dr. Robert Jay Lifton's
Eight Criteria for Thought Reform and the work of others such as Margaret Singer. Please read the International Cultic Studies Association FAQ for Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups, and other sites linked in the sidebar for more information about cults.

Contrary to the statements of some Destonians, the editors of this blog have no religious or spiritual affiliations, and are not part of any corporate or government organisation or any political interest group or movement. Neither is anyone paid money to contribute to or run the blog, and no money is made out of it. The blog is not 'trolling' but documentation and critique of the social phenomenon that is Desteni. 

Many cults use versions of what Church of Scientology leader, L. Ron Hubbard, called Fair Game. Members of Desteni have attempted to use this kind of tactic on Rick Ross of the Cult Education Institute and other critics. Contributors to this blog may exercise their right to anonymity, which is protected by the US First Amendment and the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. 

Readers are encouraged to form their own views on the merits of the content of this blog without relying on it but by accessing desteni.org and other relevant sources before arriving at conclusions.

Views expressed in any of the external content linked to this blog are not necessarily those of the editors. 

The editors are not available for email correspondence. Anyone seeking help as to concerns about friends or family involved in Desteni is encouraged to contact the relevant counselling, social services or other resources some of which can be found at FactNet, the Cult Education Institute and via OTHER LINKS in the side bar. 

[please note: some links on this blog to the desteni.co.za forum may no longer work since their previous forum was removed from public view in Jul 2011 -- some links to Desteni YouTube videos also no longer function due to termination of their accounts by YT, August 2011]  

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