Well, this was a church group within the Christian religion, it was not a start up cult.
So the cult label is not entirely correct to apply to the People’s Temple.
A personality cult to be sure, which is what the American christian tradition is largely about, personality cults into mega churches. Jim Jones pioneered using his congregations as insta-crowds for politicians, that’s how he got so government protected and influential.
that plus he has CIA connections. so it’s certainly something that still needs serious investigation, not the least of which is to ensure people are educated enough to be able to counteract any future would be Jones from having that kind of control over people.
I did a paper on Jim Jones and Charles Manson for an anthropology class in college. Every now and then, the recordings that I heard that were made of Jone’s nightly brainwashing sessions, still haunt me and the sound of his laughter is almost as sinister to me as it remains for the few survivors who spoke at the recent anniversary events and documentaries.