The themes in AHS are always allegories for something bigger. Before Cult aired, executive producer Alexis Martin Woodall said that this season would be about the fear that has divided the country since Trump's election. "It's more about what's going on in the world around us," she explained. "We talk about the streak of paranoia."
Kai, someone the town council described as a basement-dwelling nut, feels validated under this new world order. He feels freed. As he explains to the council during a speech that's supposed to be about his Michigan suburb's Jewish Community Center, freedom means saying no to things like protection and safety.
"Above all, humans love fear," he says. "They want to be scared. They yearn to be so scared that they don't have to think anymore, that they don't have to want for anything anymore. Fear will release them from their desires, and their ambitions, and their bullshit needs. And then they will come running to us like children in a feverish nightmare."