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Marvin Harris

"What both types of cults indicate to me is that there is an enormous accumulation of frustration and resentment... as a result of the failure of our industrial society to provide the material fulfilment which people expected."
In this clip, anthropologist Marvin Harris discusses cults and Protestant fundamentalism.

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This clip is from the 1984 series CREATING ALTERNATIVE FUTURES. Marvin Harris was interviewed by series producer Hazel Henderson, together with futurist James Robertson. This clip is used by permission of Hazel Henderson and Bullfrog Films, and can be purchased from Bullfrog Films.

Read the transcript for the entire program here.

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