As you and your free-thinking readers are aware, I usually try to put my ego and origins to one side when writing, because the human ego and our origins are perhaps the greatest barriers to deconstructed thinking. However, on this rare occasion, before I continue, I would like to say that I was personally insulted by the recent thoughtless comments posted, and repeated, on your Blog by Kasey Chang. Amazingly, this perplexing American fellow now assumes that we have no contact with, or knowledge of, Robert FitzPatrick and Pyramid Scheme Alert.
On a lighter note, these recent, unwelcome and unhelpful contributions have led one of my less-calm correspondents ( a former adherent of another copy-cat 'Amway' scam) to offer some free-advice to pass on to Mr. Chang. This advice takes the form of a painful suggestion as to where Mr. Chang should stick his recent comments. Another correspondent has enquired if 'Charlie Chang' (her cruel description not mine) realizes that the 'Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing distributors' have lots of real products, but no real customers and, consequently, no profits?
To return to a more serious vein - after first saying that he knows virtually nothing about 'Amway' or any other 'MLM business opportunity' scam (other than his bête noire, 'TVI Express' ), Mr. Chang has ignored a veritable mountain of damning evidence and offered us his own unsubstantiated, egocentric and ethnocentric opinion of 'Amway' in the form of a question. He had the affrontary to ask you, Shyam, why your own Indian authorities have 'pounced on a comparatively-benign' US-based scam 'Amway' that 'offers real products', but they have 'ignored an inherently-evil' Indian-registered scam 'Travel Ventures International Express' that 'offers no products.' By this, I presume that Mr. Chang means that the sanctimonious bosses of the 'TVI Express' racket actually peddle a fictitious Utopia as fact (as well as travel products which have no tangible specificity).
I have to say, that the external 'travel industry' presentation of the 'TVI Express' scam is remarkably similar to that of Alan Neil Kipax' 'Business In Motion' racket. That said, even the briefest examination of the allegedly Indian 'TVI Express' scam reveals that it is remarkably similar to the 'American Way' original, right down to the ritualistic, reality-inverting words and images which are constantly repeated to control the thoughts and behaviour of core-adherents. Indeed, if your free-thinking readers click on http://www.tviexpress.com/
opportunity.php , beneath a deeply-disturbing 'Amway'-style colour photo of an attractive, prosperous, healthy and deliriously happy heterosexual couple (+ perfect children) enjoying a beach paradise, we find the following familiar 'Amway' bullshit:
'Live Your Dream'
'Build a Multi-Million Dollar Business in a Few Extra Hours'
'Proven Easy to Follow System'
'Direct Selling Industry', etc.
Not only that, but the bosses of the 'TVI Express' mob also say:
'We offer a wide range of products and services to match almost every lifestyle....'
Despite what Mr. Chang has claimed, in the adult world of quantifiable reality , the financially-suicidal 'TVI Express Plan for Financial Freedom' is identical to that which has been surreptitiously peddled by the sanctimonious bosses of the 'Amway' mob via their criminal associates and Mafia-style labyrinth of corporate structures.
In brief, these unoriginal, cultic thieves have all steadfastly pretended that progressive initiation into their own superior knowledge (coupled with total belief in its authenticity and unconditional deference to the authority of its higher initiates) will defeat a negative force of evil and lead to future, exclusive redemption in a secure Utopian existence. By making total belief a prerequisite of redemption, core-'MLM' adherents can be drawn into a closed-logic trap (i.e. failure to achieve redemption is solely the fault of the individual who didn't believe totally).
In this way, for decades the bosses of all-manner of essentially-identical, pernicious 'MLM business opportunity' cults ( 'Nutrilite', 'Amway', 'Noni Juice', 'Nu Skin', 'Nature’s Sunshine Products', 'Herbalife', 'Nutra-Smart', 'Living Scriptures', 'Quixtar', 'USANA Health Sciences Inc.', 'Fortune Hitech Marketing', 'Business In Motion' , 'TVI Express' etc.) have persuaded a never-ending stream of vulnerable and ill-informed individuals not only to enter into de facto servitude, but also to give them regular cash payments (in return for so-called exclusive, good-value, world-class products and services), on the pretext that by Exactly Duplicating and getting all your friends and relations to Duplicate Exactly a Proven Plan of recruitment and self-consumption, one day in the future all your Dreams will come true.
The fact that 'MLM business opportunity' scams (which are all blatant examples of the same age-old, self-perpetuating, esoteric ritual belief system, but perverted for the clandestine purpose of human exploitation), have been closely-linked to the Religious Right in the USA, has made it impossible for many proud Americans to face reality.
David Brear (copyright 2011)