I don’t know much about the cults surrounding Crowley. I just got the book.
But the same seems to be the case for most people who expound a liberating ideology.
If you read the bible the new testament basically does away with priests and temples; yet what are all these churches that I see?
In buddhism the Buddha gave directions to attain enlightenment or the cessation of suffering and it was open to all; yet so many cults and offshoots sprung from it.
It seems humanity has an inbuilt desire towards conformity. People want to be told what they want; it’s too much effort to discover it for yourself.
I mean I spend most of my time reading fiction and playing computer games. So I’m on no pedestal here.
To go to back to Crowley.
With Crowley’s magick being one in which people supposedly (I say that not because I don’t believe; but because i haven’t had it shown to me) collect together their intentional energy you can see how tempting it would be for a charismatic individual to manipulate a group into acting and intending his will instead of their own.
In fact the whole idea of a group is loss of self. One becomes part of the They the second one enters a group. Just depends on the intentions of whoever/whatever is guiding the group. Malevolent, benevolent, or just natural undirected something.
I’ve always preferred the latter two.