The Move

Followers of The Move rejected mainstream society and headed into the wilderness in the 1970s, building isolated communities that were to set them up for the coming Apocalypse. Many ex-members would later tell stories of physical hardship, beatings, and worse, experienced in these communities. Move leader Sam Fife told devotees that should he ever die, they could consider it proof that he was a false prophet.   Full research sources listed on each episode page at You can support the creation of this independent podcast at With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via, and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via   Credits: Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel Music by Joe Gould   Links: Swindled by Faith: A Time For Reconciliation — by Richard A Kiers, Tellwell Talent, 2019 Practices of Cults Receiving New Scrutiny — The New York Times, 21 January 1979 From Survivor to Thriver — by Angela “Vennie” Kocsis, ICSA Today, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2014 Cult Child — by Vennie Kocsis, Amazon, 2014 Vennie Kocsis’ website — includes various collected materials about The Move Brother Sam Prepares His Flock For The ‘End Days’ — by Adon Taft, Charleston Daily, 10 April 1975 God’s School of Divine Government — by Sam Fife, 1974 Awaiting apocalypse in the Peace River Valley — by Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 27 October 2016 Peace River commune awaits imminent apocalypse: Christian community of 250 shuns TV and requires year-long courtship void of physical contact — by Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 22 September 2003

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