Tuesday, 9 August 2011

'Amway' and its copy-cats are a new form of Imperialism

Shyam 
Most Indians believe that they got rid of mass-exploitation (dressed-up as benign British Imperialism) in 1947, but a new form of mass-exploitation (this time dressed-up as benign American capitalism) has returned. Their complete failure to identify this ongoing threat to democracy and the rule of law, is a damning indictment of India's current, elected leadership and of the mainstream Indian media, not to mention an insult to all the men, women and children who perished so that (after centuries of foreign-rule) Independence could finally be established in India.
After reading some of the recent, senseless Amspeak comments posted on Corporate Frauds Watch, I think it's again high-time for some more common-sense, and plain speaking.
Originally, the English noun 'pedlar' (spelled 'pedler' in the USA) meant someone who sells goods (often door-to-door) in small quantities. Yet, trying to reason with inflexible 'Amway' pedlars, like 'Renjit' and 'Raj', who (in defence of their self-esteem) need to believe in the 'MLM income opportunity' fairytale, is a waste of time. These arrogant little sheep always bleat the same closed-logic, anecdotal arguments presented in their group's thought-stopping jargon. Therefore, I shall continue to speak to your free-thinking readers (particularly the courageous Indian police officers challenging 'Amway India Enterprises' in Kerala), in accurate, deconstructed English.
In respect of 'Amway' (corruption of the popular phrase, 'the American Way'), when translated into plain language, the made-up impressive-sounding terms, 'Multi-Level Marketing', 'Direct Selling' and 'Independent (MLM) Business Owner' are all puerile inversions of quantifiable reality. Indeed, just a moment's critical-thinking should reveal to the average person that no one can achieve prosperity and success by becoming a latter-day pedlar, no matter what impressive-sounding title he/she is given. Many years ago, everyday items were commonly peddled door-to-door by salaried, and non-salaried, commission agents and certain individual entrepreneurs who, if they offered the public good-quality, competitively-priced merchandise, were presentable, honest, good at selling and prepared to work hard, could build a regular clientele and make a living (provided they didn't have too much competition). However, today this traditional practise has effectively vanished in most countries. Many people are not at home during the day and they are not interested in receiving unsolicited callers in the evenings. When the average American/European wants to buy some everyday item today, he/she will invariably turn to the Internet or go to a local supermarket, where there is an almost unlimited choice of price and quality. The average person's own experience is that he/she does not regularly buy goods from pedlars and, furthermore, the average person does not know anyone who does .

Since the 1950s, a growing number of criminogenic cultic organizations like 'Amway' have been allowed to create and maintain the reality-inverting, self-perpetuating myth that millions of people around the world supplement their incomes by becoming 'Independent Business Owners/Direct Sellers' and that countless of these 'IBOs' have retired from their traditional low-paid jobs, and gone on to become MLM 'multi-millionaires. Yet there is absolutely no quantifiable evidence (in the form of the audited accounts, particularly income tax receipts) proving that this 'MLM income opportunity' fairytale is true. Amazingly, an outrageous lie has been repeated so often that it has become generally accepted as the truth. Indeed, if one even suggests to government regulators and mainstream journalists that the whole of the so-called 'multi-billion dollar direct selling industry' has been nothing more than a collection of dissimulated money circulation scemes, regulators and mainstream journalists are automatically convinced that this itself must be an outrageous lie.
This is hardly surprising, since government regulators and mainstream journalists do not wish to admit that they have been deceived themselves, and are (in part) responsible. However, in effect, without the slightest verification, governments and the mainstream media currently accept that the members of numerous latter-day gangs of pedlars not only earn money from selling goods themselves, but also from recruiting their own sub-gangs of pedlars who can also earn money from selling goods and from also recruiting their own sub-gangs of pedlars, etc. ad infinitum. Thus, even if the members of these mythical, geometrically-expanding, latter-day gangs and sub-gangs of profitable pedlars' manage to find some genuine customers, they illogically endeavour to destroy their own clientele by tranforming it into their own competition.
David Brear (copyright 2011)

8 comments:

Kasey Chang said...

Perhaps it is imperialism, but considering that TVI Express is definitely Indian, and SpeakAsia is founded by a Indian and have mostly Indian executive team, who's enslaving whom?


FYI, South Africa points to Tarun Trikha as head of TVI Express Scam

http://www.timeslive.co.za/world/2011/08/07/worldwide-probe-into-r1bn-scheme

Shyam Sundar said...

Mr. Chang, you have previously betrayed your lack of empathy with the free-thinking readers of Corporate Frauds Watch by foolishly expressing your egocentric opinion that what happens in India is none of your concern. You have also confessed that you have little knowledge of 'MLM income opportunity' frauds, other than the 'Amway' copy-cat known as 'TVI Express.' Therefore, you are now hardly in a position to comment on recent events in Kerala or to post unhelpful, and ill-conceived, opinions in an attempt to belittle our well-informed, and deconstructed analysis 'MLM income opportunity' fraud. Given the evidence, no free-thinking commentator could seriously dispute that 'MLM Income Opportunity' fraud originated in the USA in the late 1940s and, to date, has stolen many billions of dollars from tens of millions of individuals around the world, but apparently you do. 'MLM Income Opportunity' fraud has been allowed to become a global phenomenon due to massive political corruption and chronic regulatory failure in the USA. Self-evidently, the apparently Indian 'MLM' rackets known as 'TVI Express' and 'Speakasiaonline' have been copied from American originals ,and these are just two of literally thousands of pint-sized rackets appearing all over the world and which have ridden on the coat-tails of vast criminogenic organizations like 'Amway' and 'Herbalife'.
Corporate Frauds Watch would like to take this opportunity to inform you, Mr. Chang, that the various false and defamatory statements referring to Mr. Brear which you have posted on your own Blogs, have made your continued presence on this Blog unwelcome.
Corporate Frauds Watch

corporate frauds watch said...

It shows this fellow has very little brain. While the former is the example of imperialism the latter are copy-cats. When it is that much clear, has anybody any idea what he is talking about.

Kasey Chang said...

Shyam/CFW -- I have posted NO defamatory information against Mr. Breer that I am aware of on my blog. Anything I posted I chalked up to our differing definition of "legal".

In any case, I did not come here to debate you or Mr. Breer on what happened in the past.

I have also expressed NO opinion regarding whether what happened in India is an Indian only problem or not. I have no idea why you'd think I thought that. TVI Express and Speak Asia have members in multiple countries, and are definitely NOT Indian only problems.

Furthermore, when I have EVER attempted to "belittle well-informed, and deconstructed analysis of 'MLM income opportunity' fraud" ? We simply disagree on what is legal (and what should be and should not be legal).

Pointing out that many of the more recent frauds actually originated in India is somehow "insulting" to your "free-thinking" readers? Can you explain your train of thought please? I have apparently caused offense and I don't see how. Please enlighten me (no sarcasm was intended.)

Shyam Sundar said...

Mr. Chang
Thank-you, but we have enough egocentric adults attempting to deny reality on Corporate Frauds Watch. Therefore, your continued presence is neither helpful, nor welcome, here.
Despite what you now steadfastly pretend, you have previously betrayed your lack of empathy with the free-thinking readers of Corporate Frauds Watch by foolishly expressing your egocentric opinion that what happens in India is none of your concern. Furthermore, on your own Blogs, you have had posted various false and defamatory statements referring to Mr. Brear, which also have sought to misrepresent his published opinion, and the opinion of his colleague, Robert FitzPatrick.
Again, despite what you now steadfastly pretend, you continue to exhibit a remarkable capacity to contradict yourself and to misrepresent, and/or belittle, what has been clearly stated in unambiguous English by well-informed people. The stream of defamatory words which you have employed when childishly writing about Mr. Brear on your own Blog, speak for themselves: 'fanatic', 'tirade', 'conspiracy' ,'grandiose' etc. In defence of your ego, you have also implied that Mr. Brear has taken a paranoid attitude towards yourself. This is self-evidently not true. Mr. Brear is only interested in the considerable danger contained in the ill-informed opinion which you have expressed and, unlike you, his prime concern has always been for the victims, and potential victims, of 'MLM income opportunity' fraud.
Mr. Chang whilst you have admitted having little understanding of 'MLM income opportunity' fraud other than 'TVI Express,' and stated that, consequently, you can offer no opinion on groups like 'Amway', you then (in almost the same breath) have offered the dangerous opinion that 'Amway and MLM' are not only legal, but that 'Amway' has defined what is a legal MLM income opportunity in the USA.
Yesterday you said on Corporate Frauds Watch:
'I have also expressed NO opinion regarding whether what happened in India is an Indian only problem or not.'
Yet (without citing any quantifiable evidence to support your beliefs) on 20th April 2011 on your own Blog, you said :
Frankly, I have NO position on Amway. It has been operating legally in the US (and elsewhere) for DECADES. What Amway does in INDIA, frankly, is none of my business. I have not studied Amway in any way, shape, or form, except peripherally as part of studying up on TVI Express, and how TVI Express scam CANNOT be multi-level marketing. As Amway basically defined what is legal MLM in the US, I know it "somewhat", nowhere well enough to defend against Mr. Brear's tirade that essentially said "you're either with us (i.e. against Amway) or against us."

Shyam Sundar said...

In reality, the quantifiable evidence (in the form of the tax record and witness statements) proves that 'Amway' has been operating illegally, as a dissimulated money circulation scheme and related advance fee fraud, in the USA (and elsewhere) for decades, and that 'Amway' has been the corporate front for a classic organized crime group (as defined by the US federal RICO Act, 1970). This shifty edifice has been set up in such a way as to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate its wealthy bosses from liability.
In answer to your latest questions: 'Pointing out that many of the more recent frauds actually originated in India is somehow "insulting" to your "free-thinking" readers? Can you explain your train of thought please? I have apparently caused offense and I don't see how. Please enlighten me?'
The answer was contained in a previous comment, which apparently you have failed to read:
Given the evidence, no free-thinking commentator could seriously dispute that 'MLM Income Opportunity' fraud originated in the USA in the late 1940s and, to date, has stolen many billions of dollars from tens of millions of individuals around the world, but apparently (Mr. Chang) you do. 'MLM Income Opportunity' fraud has been allowed to become a global phenomenon due to massive political corruption and chronic regulatory failure in the USA. Self-evidently, the apparently Indian 'MLM' rackets known as 'TVI Express' and 'Speakasiaonline' have been copied from American originals, and these are just two of literally thousands of pint-sized rackets appearing all over the world and which have ridden on the coat-tails of vast criminogenic organizations like 'Amway' and 'Herbalife'.
In even more simple terms, Mr. Chang, you have caused offence to Indian readers by denying that 'MLM Income Opportunity' fraud originated in the USA, and by then failing to comprehend that this reality-inverting criminogenic phenomenon is being copied by growing numbers of racketeers all over the world who all point to America and to 'Amway', and claim that their activities are perfectly legal.
Corporate Frauds Watch

Kasey Chang said...

@Shyam -- I have NOT denied that MLM originated in the US. Don't know where you got that idea.

I simply point out that scams are now a universal problem, some even originating in India. There's no denying that TVI Express have victims all over the world, INCLUDING India and the US, and dozens of other countries. And TVI Express HQ is in Bangalore India.

IMHO, you failed to differentiate between imperialism and LEGACY of imperialism.

If you call Amway economic imperialism, then a scam like TVI Express and SpeakAsia (which by your view, are inferior copycats of Amway) would be LEGACY of Imperialism, because it is no longer West exploiting the East, but East exploiting the East.

But that was my point from the very beginning. I wrote "Who's enslaving who?" Did I not?

I admire your work, Shyam. I don't agree with everything you and Mr. Brear wrote, but as far as I can tell, we do NOT disagree on general principles. We simply differ in our evaluation on how "evil" MLM is, and I've said that a LONG time ago.

Shyam Sundar said...

Chang, I agree that no two people could think alike. But here in the MLM issue there is nothing to disagree. It is as simple as that. The Supreme Court of India stated clearly in the Kuriachan Chacko case. I have written about in the past. However, I would like to quote once again.
"The Kerala High Court also upheld the argument of prosecution that the scheme (MLM) was a 'mathematical impossibility'. The promoters of the scheme very well knew that it is certain that the scheme was impracticable and unworkable making tall promises which the makers of the promises knew fully well that it could not work successfully. It would work for some time inthat 'Paul can be robbed to pay Peter' but ultimately when there is a large mass of Peters, they will be left in the lurch without any remedy as they would by then have been deceived and deprived of their money."
I think this is sufficient enough to reasonably come to conclusions about the MLM schemes.