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NXIVM is a organisation that provides personal development seminars. It behaves in a manner rather akin to a litigious cult. It also operates Executive Success Programs, Inc. It was founded by Keith Raniere.

What it claims[edit]

NXIVM claims to have "a remarkable development in scientific and psychodynamic understanding, education, and technology that can facilitate this transition so the pattern of humanity's rises and falls can actually be broken and transformed."[1] Sounds pretty cool.

Response to critics[edit]

While gratuitous comparisons to Scientology annoy the experienced cult watcher, it really doesn't help NXIVM's case when they take their moves straight out of said tax-deductible religion's playbook:

  • They label dissenters "suppressives".
  • They respond to said dissenters with attempted overwhelming legal force (to the point where judges call them out on it).
  • They sent private investigators to go through Rick Ross's garbage cans, of all the people to try such a stunt on.[2]
  • They also tried to sue Ross for copyright violations when he quoted their material to criticise it, which surprisingly enough didn't work out too well for them.[3]

Sorority scandal[edit]

A secret sorority within the organization was discovered in 2017, with female recruits being non-consensually branded with a mark below their hip after being asked to voluntarily offer naked photographs and other compromising material as "collateral" and a show of trust. The sorority was structured around obedience, with each circle led by a "master" who would recruit six "slaves", who were then expected to recruit slaves of their own. Punishments for lack of strict obedience included fasting and corporal punishments. Over time, more collateral was demanded from its members. Text messages suggest that Raniere was aware of its practices including the brand which incorporated his initials.[4]

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. Front page,
  2. 'NXIVM is a litigation machine' (James M. Odato and Jennifer Gish, Times Union, 13 March 2012)
  3. How to Lose $100 Million (Nicholas Köhler, Maclean's, 13 September 2010)
  4. Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded (Barry Meier, The New York Times, Oct. 17, 2017)