Historian Laina Farhat-Holzman, writing in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, says, "Any time you feel like complaining about our system of government, take a look at how absolute power works — and how secrecy protects it." She cites:
- "The Catholic Pedophile Priest problem
- "Renegade Mormons
- "Jonestown and Other Messianic Cults
- "Orthodox Jewish Utopian Communities
- "The Animal Liberation Front; and
- "A serious Muslim Family Problem."