Mainly the way I see it the problem all began with the movement of the Shatz and Natan from Gaza, his false prophet. An examination of the microfilm copies of Natan's book will show I think from where most doctrines of the religious world come from. [Not from the Ari Isaac Luria or Musar.]
But I am not claiming any special insight into this outside of just plain horrific experiences. I was duped just like everyone else and fell for the polished image of respectability. I in fact fell harder than most and because of that I realize the sinister nature of the religious world. If I could go back today I would imply have stayed in the Mir Yeshiva in NY and not budged an inch. Or if I had to go to Israel--as I felt I needed to based on the Ramban-then I should have made it my business to be in an authentic Litvak yeshiva or Religious Zionist one. Th trouble is outside of the authentic Litvak and Zionist places, the religious world is a large quilt of cults.
[No disrespect intended towards Reb Nachman who was a true tzadik, but even a true tzadik can make an occasional mistake --even in doctrine. I think a close examination of the Cherem of the Gra will show it did not apply to Reb Nachman,