"By a pharisee, I mean people who claim that they know more than others, therefore should be obeyed, that they are more virtuous than others, therefore should be obeyed, are holier than thou." - Jim's Blog
One of the main characteristics of a cult is that it has an arcane private language that doesn't have much to do with reality, although the members are convinced it is reality. Think of Scientology and its bizarre concepts.
Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, "Alpha Fux and Beta Bux," hypergamy, rationalization hamsters...these are concepts without much in the way of referents, which means they are words that don't "point" to much in reality. Example: I've had people tell me that men who murdered children and women are "Alphas." That's just bullshit. They're murderers, plain and simple.
The more our concepts conform to reality the better they work. "Jumping out from a plane without a parachute and floating down to earth" is a concept that does not work, just as "Women are hypergamous untrustworthy whores who look for Alpha Fux and Beta Bux" is a concept that not only does not work, but will also poison a man's soul.
This private language allows the possessors of it to feel superior to Outsiders. "I know the Truth, and they don't! How superior I am!"
It also allows the deluded to define themselves as Alphas and Sigmas ("How superior I am!") and the heretics/blasphemers as Omegas, Gammas, etc. It's called scapegoating, and it's the basis of human sacrifice. Unbelievers cannot be tolerated and must be attacked, ostracized and expelled.
Then there are cult leaders. There are always the cult leaders. Their acolytes believe they possess the Ultimate Truth and so their followers gather around, memorize their beliefs and then imitate them. Think of Roissy, who is a nihilistic destroyer.
Everyone has a philosophy of life that they live by, whether or not it's conscious, whether or not it's articulated. Many of the ideas in the Manosphere, not-good ideas, have been articulated so the simple-minded can memorize them.
A religion is supposed to refine the beliefs and make them simpler to understand. Cults go the opposite way.
When a belief system becomes ossified it's all over for it. It will ultimately be replaced. The Manosphere is already ossifying with its cult language and cult beliefs. The believers in its concepts already cannot change their minds, since they are convinced they know the Truth. And nothing can change the mind of anyone who's already convinced they know the Truth.
And a lot of the Manosphere, with its bizarre ideas, disgusts the smarter, and drives them away.