I observe that your recent post about the blame-the-victim 'business opportunity' fraud known as 'Agrigold' has attracted an avalanche of intellectually-castrated comments.
The indignant little fellow who signs himself 'developmentfuture' would be absurd, if it wasn't for the fact that he is in real danger. Self-evidently, his closed-logic arguments in defense of the object of his unquestioning devotion, have all been fed to him by his 'Agrigold' handlers. Indeed, these reality-
inverting, propaganda arguments have been copied word for word from the 'Amway' originals.
'Developmentfuture' is actually putting forward the dangerous concepts that:
- in all fields, collectivism is far more productive than individualism.
- a group should always takes precendence over the individual.
- an individual will always benefit from being a member of a group.
Yet, blind obedience to the group, no matter what suffering this entails, is an identifying characteristic of all totalitarian regimes and pernicious cults. During the 1930s, in the name of 'communism,' the 'Soviet' dictator, 'Stalin,' used the identical closed-logic arguments to collectivize agriculture. Millions of individual farmers were herded onto enormous farms which were supposed to be far-more productive.
'Stalin's' Utopian '5-year plan' to eradicate hunger and produce a surplus of food to be exported, actually led to a famine which cost the lives of at least 25 millions men, women and children. The ugly truth was deliberately hidden from the 'Soviet' people by the 'Soviet' leadership behind a wall of reality-inverting propaganda, until 'Stalin's' death in the 1950s.
Exactly like the 'Soviet' regime, the catastrophic results of cultic frauds, like 'Agrigold' and 'Amway' have been deliberately hidden behind walls of reality-inverting propaganda. These major organized crime groups all employ co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion. Their bosses seek to overwhelm their victims emotionally and intellectually by pretending that progressive initiation into a secret '2-5 year plan for success' (coupled with total belief in the authenticity of this plan and unquestioning deference to the authority of its fabulously-wealthy, higher initiates) will lead to 'total financial freedom.'
In the adult world of quantifiable reality, by making total belief a prerequisite of 'total financial freedom,' vulnerable persons like 'developmentfuture' can be drawn into a closed-logic trap. i.e. failure to achieve success in 'Agrigold' is solely the fault of the individual who didn't believe totally. Again, the 'Soviet' regime used essentially identical techniques to repress all internal dissent.
As for the fellow who signs himself 'welcome,' his tedious list of examples which (I presume) are supposed to demonstrate that prices in any market can fluctuate depending on supply and demand, has absolutely no relevance to 'business opportunity' fraud. Laughably, all the examples which 'welcome' gives, refer to authentic businesses which have made lawful profits from retailing goods, and/or services, to the public on the open market. 'Business opportunity' frauds, like 'Amway' and 'Agrigold', are dissimulated closed-market swindles which have precious-little to do with authentic business. The wider evidence proves beyond all reasonable doubt, that, for decades, a never-ending stream of tens of millions of ill-informed victims of 'business opportunity' frauds have retailed virtually no goods, and/or services, to the public for a profit. On the contrary, they have been conditioned to hand-over regular cash-payments to greedy racketeers in exchange for effectively-unsaleable wampum, and to recruit their friends and relations to do the same, in the deluded belief that this is the 'secret plan to achieve total financial freedom.'
In truth, each time the intellectually-castrated adherents of 'business opportunity' frauds appear on your Blog, Shyam, and spout their puerile bullshit, they are merely confirming the accuracy of our analysis.
David Brear (copyright 2011)