Sadly, FTC agents have completely failed to recognise 'Prosperity Gospel' cultism as a form of major, ongoing racketeering activity, because the FTC has itself foolishly allowed the instigator/leaders of these gangs lawfully to register their unlawful activities as 'direct selling/MLM' companies - 'Amway', 'Herbalife', 'NuSkin', 'Xango', etc. However, in the adult world of quantifiable reality, no evidence exists (in the form of audited accounts; particularly, income-tax payment receipts) proving that a significant number of the constantly-churning adherents of any of these organizations (which all have exhibited the universal identifying characteristics of a cult) has ever received an overall net-income from lawfully-retailing goods, and/or services, directly to the general public for a profit.
- Exactly how many US citizens have signed up for so-called 'MLM income opportunities' overall, and exactly how many overall have got back more than they paid in
- Out of all the alleged 'multi-billion dollar direct retail sales ' claimed by you and your member companies in the USA down the years, exactly what percentage have been authentic, external, retail transactions to members of the general public for a profit, rather than internal transactions between your member companies and their many millions of alleged 'business owners,' but which have been laundered as 'retail sales' by you, and by your member companies, in order to dissimulate the operation of closed-market swindles from which the ill-informed ordinary contributors cannot have hoped to receive any more money than they paid in?
- Excluding all your own member companies' documentation, and that issued to their alleged 'distributors,' what quantifiable evidence can you produce proving that any of your member companies' alleged 'Multi-Level Marketing income opportunies' have actually had any significant, and sustainable, external source of revenue other than that deriving from their own participants?
Although it remains unthinkable to many people, a large part of the so-called 'direct selling industry,' which recently boasted '$28.56 billions of annual retail sales in the USA,' can be proved to have been nothing more than the 'corporate'-front for a collection of blame-the-victim 'MLM/
Prosperity Gospel' cults which have been running some of the most extensive, and outrageous, dissimulated, closed-market swindles in history.
For a long time, it has not been in the interests of the US Justice Dept. to face up to this ugly reality, because 'MLM' racketeers have greased the palms of a remarkable number of key persons, and organizations, in the American establishment (particularly, leading members of the Republican party). Indeed, the ultimatedream of 'MLM' racketeers (to have the protection of the sitting US President), might soon be again turned into a nightmare reality.
David Brear (copyright 2012)