Steven Hassan interviews the legendary Dr. Robert Jay Lifton in this three-part video. Lifton, the author of the seminal work on thought control, Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of ‘Brainwashing’ in China, discusses this and many of his other works, such as The Nazi Doctors, Destroying the World to Save It, The Protean Self, his compelling memoir, Witness to An Extreme Century, and even his witty, wise, and wonderful Birds. Touching not only on cults but also on such diverse topics as climate control, the current US presidential race, the possibility of nuclear annihilation and the sentencing of Patty Hearst, this thought-provoking and far-reaching interview weaves these threads together as Dr. Lifton reminds us of the work ahead of us if the human race is to survive the challenges ahead. Definitely a must-watch.

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