It’s Friday and we’re feeling mischievous, so here’s an entirely (mostly) tongue-in-cheek comparison chart.
|Problems reduced to one simple explanation, repeatedly emphasised||Imminent nuclear holocaust.||Real ale.||Craft beer.|
|Gain a new identity based on the group||Church member.||CAMRA member.||‘Punk’ or ‘scamp’.|
|Isolated from mainstream culture, mass gatherings, access to information controlled||People’s Temple Agrictultural Project.||Great British Beer Festival; What’s Brewing?; real ale pubs; Good Beer Guide; AGM.||AGM, bars, blog, TV programmes.|
|Charismatic leaders||Jim Jones.||Michael Hardman and Christopher Hutt.||James Watt and Martin Dickie.|
|Financial exploitation||Religious communalism.||CAMRA investments; direct debit membership.||Equity for Punks.|
|Exaggerated membership numbers||Claimed 20,000; probably had c.5000.||“…journalists… began to over exaggerate… how big we were and that perhaps made the breweries take more notice than we deserved.” Graham Lees, 2011.||?|
|Persecution complex||Believed corporations and government were ‘out to get them’.||‘CAMRA-bashers’, noisome bloggers.||Diageo-gate, CAMRA ‘bans’.|
If we’re making a point, it’s that no-one should confuse a membership society or a brewery with a Way of Life or Path of Righteousness. If you find yourself preoccupied with or becoming angry about CAMRA or Brewdog, consider deprogramming.