Tuesday, 24 August 2010

'Multilevel Marketing' addiction can seriously damage your financial and mental health

These latest reality-inverting comments are typical of transient, insolvent 'Amway' addicts. However, the demonstrably-deluded persons repeating these lines are self-evidently so bedazzled by the Utopian 'Amway' myth and, consequently, so devoid of their critical and evaluative faculties, that, even when it is clearly explained to them that the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob are vile racketeers who have maliciously created, and/or subverted, a mystifying labyrinth of (apparently independent) corporate structures pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful enterprises, in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate themselves from liability, these poor persons remain incapable of facing the ego-destroying reality that they have been deceived and are being exploited.
Interestingly, near-identical sophistic arguments have been produced by the billionaire manufacturers of cigarettes and their political lobbyists, to those produced by the billionaire bosses of the 'Amway' mob and their apologists. These have then been repeated by nicotine addicts. However, when the calculation is made about how much smoking-related illnesses, and premature deaths, cost, and how much tax-revenue and jobs the legal manufacture and sale of cigarettes has generated, an entirely different picture emerges. Yet, this is only part of an even wider, and dangerously-evolving illegal picture.
Today, if cigarettes were an entirely new product to the market, then, in the interests of public health (and the chances of being re-elected), no democratic government could justify their legal manufacture and sale. For decades the owners of the tobacco industry maliciously lied to, and/or withheld the truth from, the public about the noxious effects of smoking. I don't know about India, but, after the truth leaked out, for a long time in the European Union all cigarette packets had to carry a large warning sign: 'SMOKING CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH'. The sign now reads : 'SMOKING KILLS'. There are even packets of cigarettes that carry gruesome colour photographs of smoking-related cancers, and European governments have individually increased their taxes on smoking to prohibitive levels. (Same is the case in India too.) The UK has some of the highest tabacco taxes in the world. However, the manufacure and sale of counterfeit cigarettes, and the smuggling of tax-free authentic cigarettes into Europe, has become a multi-billion Euro, illegal business.
The defence of the 'Amway' racketeers on the sophistic grounds their counterfeit 'Direct Selling' companies generate thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of taxes around the world, is laughable. In reality, for more than half a century, behind the absurd front of 'Direct Selling' has lurked a multi-billion dollar closed-market swindle (upon which some retail sales-taxes have been paid to make this unlawful enterprise appear lawful) and related-advance fee frauds (a.k. a. 'tool scam') with even larger tax-free profits.
The damage that 'MLM' swindles have secretly caused, and are still causing, to the global economy (not to mention the misery inflicted on individual victims and their families) is almost without parallel in the sordid pantheon of major organized groups.
David Brear (copyright 2010)

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