Thursday, 9 July 2020

Does Mary Trump know how 'MLM' cults helped her comic-book 'superman' uncle to become US president?

 

Un juge lève l'interdiction d'un livre écrit par la nièce de Donald Trump [DR]


  • Dr. Mary Trump (b. 1965) is the daughter of Donald Trump's late brother, Frederick ('Freddy') Christ Trump Jnr. (1938-1981).
  • Dr. Trump has written a book, 'Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World's Most Dangerous Man.' 
  • Based on her life-long personal observations (from inside the demonstrably- dysfunctional Trump family), Dr. Trump describes Donald Trump as a fraud and a bully who was himself bullied, and psychologically-damaged, by his father, Frederick ('Fred') Christ Trump Snr. (1905-1999).
  • Predictably, the White House (i.e. Donald Trump) has dismissed all claims made in the current president's niece's book as 'fiction,' but with an irony close to exquisite, this denial of reality only serves to confirm the accuracy of Dr. Trump's self-evident observations and analysis.
Dr. Trump (who holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology), observes that  'nothing is ever enough' for her uncle, and she confirms (what is already public knowledge) that the current president has exhibited, and continues to exhibit, all 9 diagnostic criteria of a severe and inflexible narcissist*.
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* ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder,’ is a psychological term first used in 1971 by Dr. Heinz Kohut (1913-1981). It was recognised as the name for a form of pathological narcissism in ‘The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 1980.’ Narcissistic traits (where a person talks highly of himself/herself to eliminate feelings of worthlessness) are common in, and considered ‘normal’ to, human psychological development. When these traits become accentuated by a failure of the social environment and persist into adulthood, they can intensify to the level of a severe mental disorder. Severe and inflexible NPD is thought to effect less than 1% of the general adult population. It occurs more frequently in men than women. In simple terms, NPD is reality-denying, total self-worship born of its sufferers’ unconscious belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally unacceptable to others. In order to shield themselves from the intolerable rejection and isolation which they unconsciously believe would follow if others recognised their defective nature, NPD sufferers go to almost any lengths to control others’ view of, and behaviour towards, them. NPD sufferers often choose partners, and raise children, who exhibit ‘co-narcissism’ (a co-dependent personality disorder like co-alcoholism). Co-narcissists organise themselves around the needs of others (to whom they feel responsible), they accept blame easily, are eager to please, defer to others’ opinions and fear being seen as selfish if they act assertively. NPD was observed, and apparently well-understood, in ancient times. Self-evidently, the term, ‘narcissism,’ comes from the allegorical myth of Narcissus, the beautiful Greek youth who falls in love with his own reflection.

Currently, NPD has nine recognised diagnostic criteria (five of which are required for a diagnosis):
    1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
    2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal  love, etc.
    3. believes that he/she is special and unique and can only be understood by other special people.
    4. requires excessive admiration.
    5. strong sense of self-entitlement.
    6. takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
    7. lacks empathy.
    8. is often envious or believes that others are envious of him/her.
    9. arrogant disposition.
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    Dr. Trump writes:

    'This is far beyond garden-variety narcissism..... Donald is not simply weak, his ego is a fragile thing that must be bolstered every moment because he knows deep down that he is nothing of what he claims to be.'
    Dr. Trump explains how Donald Trump's personality was first adversely-effected as a youngster due to his witnessing his father dominate and bully his older brother, 'Freddy' - who subsequently died from an alcohol-related heart attack at the age of 42. Dr. Trump, who was 16 at the time of her father's death, confirms that Fred Trump Sr. was a hard and abusive man who humiliated and terrorised her father whenever he showed his feelings or admitted to being in error. Trump Snr. evidently tried to harden his eldest son and turn him into a ruthless carbon-copy of himself in a failed attempt to groom him to take over the helm of his real estate empire. When 'Freddy' cracked under the pressure and wanted out, his father was then obliged reluctantly to turn to his second son, Donald. 

    The classic punishment and reward tactics that failed to transform, and ultimately killed, Freddy, evidently succeeded with young Donald who began to see the world through the same distorted (never defend always attack, win-at-all-costs and fuck the losers) lens as his master - to the extent that he lost all respect for his older brother. However, by the late 1980s, Trump Snr. found himself propping up his old business due to Donald's increasingly-grandiose view of himself combined with his commercial ineptitude. Trump Snr. became increasingly bitter and was privately abusive towards his second son whom he now saw as a posturing clown. Indeed, despite the glamorous self-made business genius narrative Donald fed to the tabloid press, he secretly remained under his father's thumb until fatigue, old-age and illness began to set in and Donald acquired unfettered control of his father's remaining vast fortune.

    In her book, Dr. Trump reveals how she gave tax documents to the New York Times. These contributed to an investigation, and major article, concerning Donald Trump's elaborate fraudulent schemes to avoid paying tax on his inheritance.

    Dr. Trump also describes (in great detail) how Donald Trump cheated on his Scholastic Assessment Test in order to get into college, by paying a much smarter aquaintence to take his place. 

    I'm certainly not the first, or the last, person to observe that Dr. Trump's frank eye-witness account of her uncle doesn't really tell us much that we didn't already know. However, her book does fit perfectly into my previously-stated analysis that, at times of mass-alienation (following: wars, natural disasters, economic crises, etc.), history proves that would-be demagogues steadfastly pretending moral and intellectual authority whilst pursuing hidden criminal objectives, who at other times would have been almost universally-recognised as absurd charlatans, have found it much easier to become widely-accepted as authentic Messiahs. 

    When you consider the power, and influence, that Donald Trump currently wields (particularly his command of the world's most-powerful nuclear, and non-nuclear, weapons systems) it is entirely reasonable that Dr. Trump currently describes her uncle as: 'the world's most dangerous man.'








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    All this makes me very curious to discoover what Dr. Mary Trump knows about the pernicious cult phenomenon in general, and about the destructive psychology of blame-the-victim 'Multi-Level Marketing' cults in particular. Sadly, as far as I'm aware she has made no reference to Donald Trump's extensive 'MLM' cultic activities in her new book.


      


    During the best part of a decade, in return for promoting a fraudulent 'direct selling income opportunity,' Donald Trump is known to have openly-received millions of stolen dollars from at least one gang of blame-the-victim 'MLM' cultic racketeers.


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    Via the peddling of effectively-valueless materials bearing his celebrity name, Donald Trump has also been lining his pockets at the expense of countless victims (internationally) of many other variations of the American-spawned Utopian lie entitled, 'MLM.' As far as I'm aware, neither Donald Trump nor anyone in his entourage, has made any statement to explain the current president's conflict of interest regarding this toxic channel of income. Furthermore, to date, no journalist has bothered to ask Donald Trump about his ongoing revenues from comic-book sales to vulnerable 'MLM' adherents. Personally, I'd like to know if Trump is still getting this windfall, exactly how much is he getting and how much has he already had?



    In the past, when Donald Trump's titanic casino business was sinking in Atlantic City, he managed to abandon ship (his pockets stuffed with other people's cash) leaving everyone else to drown. Although Carl Icahn's name features prominently in media reports as one of Trump's major casino business investors, I suspect that his actual role in this earlier chapter of the ongoing Trump tragicomedy, will never be fully-explained.


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    For a while following the 2016 election, it was rumoured that Carl Icahn would be appointed to president Trump's Cabinet, but in the end, it was announced that the (then) 81 year old tycoon would be 'the President's unofficial advisor on regulatory reform.' Yet, in this democratically-unaccountable made-up role, Icahn's conflict of interests almost beggared belief, because at that time, his (potentially-catastrophic) investment in the effectively-valueless 'MLM' cultic racket known as 'Herbalife,' topped more than one billion dollars. 

    Since Donald Trump could appoint new senior federal regulators whom he knew would turn a blind eye to 'MLM' rackets, you would have to be pretty stupid, and/or deluded, not to foresee that the President would have heeded the 'advice' of his greedy buddy, Carl Icahn, and continue to betray his fellow citizens (and those of America's allies) by doing everything in his power to protect his fellow peddlers of the pernicious, 'MLM' fairy story. 

    Currently, and not just in respect of the 'MLM' phenomenon, government of the people, by the people, for the people has perished from the USA, to be replaced by government of racketeers, by racketeers, for racketeers.


    Months ago, I re-published a 'Slate Magazine' article, 'Trump's Great Pyramid,'  by Michelle Celarier. Yet even this encouraging piece didn't tell us anything which we didn't already know. It quoted my associate, Robert FitzPatrick, extensively and acknowledged that, for the overwhelming majority of transient core-adherents, 'MLM' participation has been a confusing and costly nightmare of temporary de facto servitude. However, although this article also acknowledged that all 'MLMs' prey on the vulnerable and hide behind the same thought-stopping 'Direct Selling' jargon and Amercian Dream imagery (copied from the 'Amway' original), Michelle Celarier still was not at liberty to publish the full-truth and she even inadvertently repeated some familiar 'MLMbullshit. 





    Michelle Celarier pointed her readers in the direction of mainstream commentators who have been allowed to get closer to the full-truth about 'MLM'. The 'Slate Magazine' article contained a link the episode of John Oliver's satirical show which tore the 'Herbalife/MLM' lie to shreds and, at one point, compared 'MLM' rackets to the 'Scientology' racket. 




    Although serious in tone, Michelle Celarier's article was in line with the many satirists who have long-since realised that the outrageous, 'America is broke and only I can fix it,' quackery which Donald Trump peddled to get himself elected, is neither original nor unique and, consequently, it cannot be fully-understood in isolation.

    So, apart from all the stolen cash that 'MLM' racketeers have invested buying influence in Washington, how did 'MLM' cults help Donald Trumps comic-book superman character to become US President?

    First of all, it should be clearly understood that 'MLM' cults are also 'Prosperity Gospel' cults and that the bosses of these organisations have been employing co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion in order to shut down their victims' critical and evaluative faculties and prevent them from facing reality and complaining. In this way, for decades, 'MLM' cult bosses have been hiding the evidence of their crimes in order to continue to perpetrate them


    Donald Trump's connections with the so-called 'Prosperity Gospel' go all the way back to his youth. 

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    Little Donald, and his siblings, were taken along by Fred Trump Snr. to Pastor Norman Vincent Peale's 'Reformed Dutch Protestant Marble Collegiate Church' in Manhattan. Donald Trump has never hidden his life-long adherence to Pastor Peale's philosophy.




    There has been a lot written about Pastor Peale (1898-1993), but essentially all he did was syphon an existing deep well of credulity to make himself rich. It has to be said that Peale was a highly convincing, word-perfect, performer. He re-wrote, updated and peddled (as his own philosophy) long-established religious concepts (blind faith, power of prayer, paradise, etc.) in a non-religious format ('positive thinking, visualisation, success,' etc.). Cleverly, Peale used the exemplary wealth and success of a few of his followers (like Donald Trump's father) as the proof that his philosophy worked, but he also employed co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion in order to convert other followers to the guilt-inducing belief that a person can only achieve wealth and success by excluding all doubt and totally believing that he/she will achieve wealth and success. In other words, when any of Peale's unquestioning adherents failed to achieve wealth and success, it was child's play to convince them that their failure must have been entirely their own fault for not believing totally.

    This, in a nutshell, is the destructive, closed-logic, controlling scenario which has been lying at the heart of all 'MLM' rackets since they first appeared in the late 1940s. Countless millions of victims of dissimulated closed-market swindles (a.k.a. pyramid schemes) have been silenced simply by convincing them that they made a free choice to participate and that they could have made money, if only they had duplicated their leaders' perfect example and not quit. It's little wonder that Peale's  books and recordings have been, and still are, widely-peddled by 'MLM' racketeers to their victims.



    Pastor Peale was only one of several copy-cat 'Positive Thinking/ Prosperity Gospel' quacks who all found hordes of desperate takers for their rebranded cocktail of psychological + religious + economic snake oil, during the Great Depression. Many politicians (including Presidents) were also bedazzled by their optimistic message and they didn't want to recognise its inherent danger. Again, for obvious reasons, the works of persons like Napoleon Hill have also been, and still are, widely-peddled by 'MLM' racketeers to their victims.


     


    There have been countless, unoriginal, parasitic 'Positive Thinking/mindset/ Prosperity Gospel' quacks who have attached themselves to 'MLM' rackets down the decades.  All of them have employed co-ordinated devious techniques of social, psychological and physical persuasion. 




    Donald Trump cut his political teeth performing live to deluded 'MLM' cult adherents. Trump witnessed first hand how (just like Norman Vincent Peale) 'MLM' shills recite a ritual script - pretending affinity with vulnerable people by acting the roles of ordinary men and woman turned super men and women via their access to a secret step-by-step 'positive' plan which can enable anyone to achieve the American Dream of freedom, wealth and success. In 'MLM,' cultic rackets the shills are always prepared to share their knowledge with anyone (for a price - part of the price being the surrender of the adherents' critical and evaluative faculties).  





    David Brear (copyright 2020)


    'Multi-Level Marketing' Warning.

    The following deconstructed analysis has been formulated to sharpen the critical and evaluative faculties of all unwary persons approaching so-called 'Multi-Level Marketing' from the dangerous (subjective) point of view that it must be a business/industry, rather than from the safe (purely-objective) point of view that they don't really know what it is.




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    More than half a century of quantifiable evidence proves beyond all reasonable doubt that:


    • the widely-misunderstood phenomenon that has become popularly-known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' (a.k.a. 'Network Marketing') is nothing more than an absurd, non-rational,  cultic, economic pseudo-science maliciously-designed to lure unwary persons into de facto servitude, dissociate them from external reality and not only steal their money, but also deceive them into unconsciously acting the role of bait to lure other unwary persons (particularly their friends and family members) into the same trap. 
    • the impressive-sounding made-up jargon term, 'MLM,' is therefore, the misleading title for an enticing structured-scenario of control which has been developed, and constantly acted out as  reality, by the instigators, and associates, of various copy-cat, major and minor, ongoing organised crime groups (hiding behind labyrinths of legally-registered corporate structures) to shut-down the critical, and evaluative, faculties of victims, and of casual observers, in order to perpetrate, and dissimulate, a series of blame-the-victim 'Long Cons*'  - comprising self-perpetuating rigged-market swindles**, a.k.a. pyramid scams (dressed up as 'legitimate direct selling income opportunites') and related advance-fee frauds (dressed up as 'legitimate: training and motivation, self-betterment, programs, recruitment leads, lead generation systems,' etc.).
    • Apart from an insignificant minority of shills (whose leading-role in the 'Long Con' has been to pretend that anyone can achieve financial freedom simply by following their unquestioning example and exactly-duplicating a step-by-step-plan of recruitment and self-consumption)the hidden overall net-loss/churn rate for participation in so-called 'MLM income opportunities,' has always been effectively 100%.
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    *A 'Long Con' is a form of fraud maliciously designed to exploit victims' existing beliefs and instinctual desires and make them falsely-believe that they are exercising a completely free-choice. 'Long Cons' comprise an enticing structured-scenario of control acted out as reality over an extended period. Like theatrical plays, 'Long Cons' are written, directed and produced. They involve leading players and supporting players as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, script, etc. The hidden objective of 'Long Cons' is to convince unwary persons that fiction is fact and fact is fiction, progressively cutting them off from external reality. In this way, victims begin unconsciously to play along with the controlling-scenario and (in the false-expectation of future reward) large sums of money or valuables can be stolen from them. Classically, the victims of 'Long Cons' can become deluded to such an extent that they will abandon their education, jobs, careers, etc., empty their bank accounts, and/or beg, steal, borrow from friends, family members, etc.

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    ** The enticing structured-scenario of control fundamental to all 'rigged-market swindles' is that people can earn income by first contributing their own money to participate in a profitable commercial opportunity, but which is secretly an economically-unviable fake due to the fact that the (alleged) opportunity has been rigged so that it generates no significant, or sustainable, revenue other than that deriving from its own ill-informed participants. For more than 50 years, 'Multi-Level Marketing' racketeers have been allowed to dissimulate rigged-market swindles by offering endless-chains of victims various banal, but over-priced, products, and/or services, in exchange for unlawful losing-investment payments, on the pretext that 'MLM' products/services can then be regularly re-sold for a profit in significant quantities via expanding networks of distributors. However, since 'MLM' products/services cannot be regularly re-sold to the general public for a profit in significant quantities (based on value and demand), 'MLM' participants have, in fact, been peddled infinite shares of their own finite money (in the false expectation of future reward). 

    Thus, in 'MLM' rackets, the innocent looking products/sevices' function has been to hide what is really occurring - i.e The operation of an unlawful, intrinsically fraudulent, rigged-market where effectively no non-salaried (transient) participant can generate an overall net-profit, because, unknown to the non-salaried (transient) participants, the market is in a permanent state of collapse and requires its non-salaried (transient) participants to keep finding further (temporary) de facto slaves to sustain the enticing illusion of stability and viability.

    Meanwhile an insignificant (permanent) minority direct the 'Long Con' - raking in vast profits by selling into the rigged-market and by controlling/withholding all key-information concerning the rigged-market's actual catastrophic, ever-shifting results from its never-ending chain of (temporary) de facto slaves.

    Although cure-all pills potions and vitamin/dietary supplements, household and beauty, products have been most-prevalent, it is possible to use any product, and/or service, to dissimulate a rigged-market swindle. There are even some 'MLM' rackets that have been hidden behind well-known traditional brands (albeit offered at fixed high prices). Some 'MLM' rackets have included 'cash-back/discount shopping cards, travel products, insurance, energy/communications services' and 'crypto-currencies' in their controlling scenarios.

    No matter what bedazzling product/service has been dangled as bait, in 'MLM' rackets, there has been no significant or sustainable source of revenue other than never-ending chains of contractees of the 'MLM' front companies. These front-companies always pretend that their products/services are high quality and reasonably-priced and that for anyone prepared to put in some effort, the products/services can be sold on for a profit via expanding networks of distributors based on value and demand. In reality, the underlying reason why it has mainly only been (transient) 'MLM' contractees who have bought the various products /services (and not the general public) is because they have been tricked into unconsciously playing along with the controlling scenario which constantly says that via regular self-consumption and the recruitment of others to do the same, etc. ad infinitum, anyone can receive a future (unlimited) reward.

    I've been examining the 'MLM' phenomenon for around 20 years. During this time, I've yet to find one so-called 'MLM' company that has voluntarily made key-information available to the public concerning the quantifiable results of its so-called 'income opportunity'.

    Part of the key-information that all 'MLM' bosses seek to hide concerns the overall number of persons who have signed contracts since the front companies were instigated and the retention rates of these contractees. 

    When rigorously investigated, the overall hidden net-loss churn rates for so-called 'MLM income opportunites' has turned out to have been effectively 100%. Thus, anyone claiming (or implying) that it is possible for anyone to make a penny of net-profit, let alone a living, in an 'MLM,' cannot be telling the truth and will not provide quantifiable evidence to back up his/her anecdotal claims.


    Although a significant number of 'MLM' front-companies (like 'Vemma', 'Fortune Hi-Tech Marketing', 'Wake Up Now') have been shut-down by commercial regulators, some of the biggest 'MLM' rackets (like 'Amway' ,'Herbalife', Forever Living Products' ) have continued to hide in plain sight whilst secretly churning tens of millions of losing participants over decades.




    The quantifiable results of the self-perpetuating global 'Long Con' known as 'Multi Level Marketing,' have been fiendishly hidden by convincing victims that they are 'Independent Business Owners' and that any losses they incurred, must have been entirely their own fault for not working hard enough. 








    Blog readers should observe how (in the above linked-videos) chronic victims of 'MLM' cults are incapable of describing what they were subjected to in accurate terms. Even though they are no longer physically playing along with the 'Long Con's' controlling-scenario, they unconsciously continue to think, and speak, using the jargon-laced 'MLM' script - illogically describing themselves as 'Distributors.' 

    Chronic victims of blame-the-victim cultic rackets who have managed to escape and confront the ego-destroying reality that they’ve been systematically deceived and exploited, are invariably destitute and dissociated from all their previous social contacts. For years afterwards, recovering cult victims can suffer from psychological problems (which are also generally indicative of the victims of abuse):

    depression; overwhelming feelings (guilt, grief, shame, fear, anger, embarrassment, etc.); dependency/ inability to make decisions; retarded psychological/ intellectual development; suicidal thoughts; panic/ anxiety attacks; extreme identity confusion; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; insomnia/ nightmares; eating disorders; psychosomatic illness, fear of forming intimate relationships; inability to trust; etc



    David Brear (copyright 2020)

    Wednesday, 27 May 2020

    Making offers you can't refuse - The 'Scientology' racket explained.




    The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act (enacted by section 901 [a.] of the Organised Crime Control Act) is a United States federal law which (in theory) provides extended criminal penalties for, and powerful civil remedies against, the leaders and agents of ongoing criminal organisations and their de facto associate enterprises.


    In the early 1960s, after Robert Kennedy was appointed Attorney General, the US Dept. of Justice was given a significant role with a co-ordinated national ‘Strike Force,’ established under the direction of the Inspector General of the US Dept. of Labor. This new initiative was the product of an overt, joint congressional policy to hold the leaders of major organized crime groups to account, as well as dismantle their webs of corrupt political figures, judges, attorneys, trade union officials, senior law enforcement agents, etc.

    Even though he never faced criminal prosecution, the long-time Director of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, is now known to have been under the influence of racketeers. He was certainly being bribed and probably blackmailed. Despite a growing mountain of conclusive evidence, for decades, Hoover steadfastly denied even the existence of  the 'Mafia,' let alone a syndicate of major organized crime groups, in the USA. Yet, the average American knew full-well that, during these same decades, a pernicious criminal underworld had been gnawing its way into the heart of the republic. However, although the Democratic administration’s will to protect US citizens was apparently hardened by the assassinations of President Kennedy and Robert Kennedy, existing legislation was deemed inadequate. Paradoxically, the US Justice Dept. had an ‘Organized Crime and Racketeering Section,’ but technically these offences were not fully defined in law. Thus, RICO was signed into law in 1970 by the new Republican President, Richard Nixon, but only as a result of ground-breaking recommendations made in the late 1960s by President’s Johnson’s 'Commission to Examine Crime in America.' 


    The Bill was drafted by Prof. G. Robert Blakey  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G._Robert_Blakey

    (former Special Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Justice Dept.) under the close supervision of the veteran Democratic Senator for Arkansas, John Little McClellan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Little_McClellan 



    Subsequently (guided by Prof. Blakey), a number of individual States (notably, California) enacted similar legislation.

    The RICO Act appeared for all the world to be directed against the Italian American ‘Mafia,’ although its authors refuted this. Whether intentional or not, the Italian-sounding acronym, 'RICO,' is the name of the fictional anti-hero of the classic 1931 Hollywood gangster movie, ‘Little Caesar’ (starring Edward G. Robinson, directed by Mervyn LeRoy and based on the 1929 Novel by William R. Burnett). The RICO Act was drafted by lawyers for lawyers, and is, therefore, legalistic, but, at first glance, it can appear to be written in plain language, because it also contains some popular terms. Even when deconstructed, the Act  (like the enduring phenomenon it addresses) cannot be fully-understood in isolation. In reality, in respect of the ‘Mafia,’ by 1970, the RICO legislators were trying to shut the stable door long after the horses had bolted and begun to breed. 

    Tellingly, another full decade was to elapse before an elderly and insignificant ‘Mafia’ decoy 'boss', Frank Tieri (who had previously pretended to be an employee of a sportswear manufacturer), was actually convicted under RICO. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Tieri_(mobster). However, RICO legislators had access to a lot of key-information, some of which had been supplied by 'Mafia' apostates like Joe Valachi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Valachi:

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    This article is i
    n response to a recent enquiry regarding ongoing events in Clearwater Florida concerning calls for 'Scientology' to be investigated by the FBI for suspected breaches of the RICO Act, 1970.

    In Summary:


    • A prime plot of vacant building land adjoining 'Scientology's' Fort Harrison Hotel HQ in down-town Clearwater, has been bought by the city council and 'Scientology's' boss, David Miscavige, is furious because he wants his organisation to have control of this entire area.


    • On behalf of 'Scientology,' David Miscavige had made the previous owner an offer of a cash price several times the land's current market value, but he preferred to sell to the city at the lower price.

    • On behalf of 'Scientology,' David Miscavige then made a similarly-inflated multi-million $ cash offer to the city to finance a proposed down-town re-development project, but only if the city withdrew and 'Scientology' was allowed to buy the land adjoining its HQ. However, the council refused.

    • David Miscavige had even told the council that Tom Cruise would come and open its down-town re-development project, if 'Scientology' got its way.

    • In revenge, over a 2 year peiod, David Miscavige then secretly organised the purchase of around 100 buildings in down-town Clearwater using 'Scientology' de facto agents, and private companies, as fronts to hide what was really happening.

    • These purchases were achieved by making offers to the buildings' owners which they couldn't refuse. i.e. They were given prices several times their current market value and in cash - leading to not-unreasonable suspicions that money-laundering might be going on here.

    • These newly-acquired buildings are now all empty and they are currently being used by David Miscavige to block the council's proposed re-development project.


    • Mark Bunker (a long-time observer, and rational critic, of 'Scientology' who has recently been elected to the Clearwater council on a popular mandate opposing 'Scientology's' sinister influence in the town), has publicly called on his fellow councillors to file a complaint with the FBI, requesting an urgent investigation of these worrying matters.

    • To date, a majority of Clearwater councillors have refused to support Mark Bunker's call, but this has not stopped him and his supporters from approaching the authorities as concerned individuals.

    • Aaron Smith-Levin (an escaped 'Scientology' adherent who was previously contracted by Bill Ackman and Pershing Square Capital to investigate the real activities of 'Herbalife' in China), has been explaining these ongoing matters in Clearwater on his youtube channel. He has also been trying to explain the content and purpose of the RICO Act.

    • Aaron Smith-Levin, who is himself a resident of Clearwater, acknowledges that a courageous reporter on a local Florida newspaper has been instrumental in the rigorous investigation, and public exposure, of these ongoing matters. 

    • Aaron Smith-Levin is one of a growing number of escaped 'Scientologists' who now understand that despite its 'religious/celebrity' exterior, internally the organisation has been a de facto totalitarian state in microcosm, the deluded inhabitants of which have been ultimately-controlled by a paranoid fiction peddled (by David Miscavige and his associates) as reality, and used as the false-justification for committing all manner of crimes.



    • For obvious Reasons, various rational critics of 'Scientology' are concerned that, due to their spineless refusal to support Mark Bunker's call for investigation (despite numerous red flags), certain Clearwater councillors might have become implicated themselves (due to threats, and/or bribery, and/or blackmail). However, Aaron-Smith-Levin has so far preferred to suggest that these councillors are merely ill-informed or naive, but nonetheless giving the appearance that they could have been corrupted.





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    The following (brief) deconstructed analysis has been formulated to sharpen the critical and evaluative faculties of all unwary persons (particulary journalists, legislators and law enforcement agents) who have continued to approach the so-called 'Church of Scientology' from the dangerous (subjective) point of view that it must be treated as a lawful 'religious' movement (protected by national, and international, human rights charters guaranteeing freedom of worship), rather than from the safe common-sense point of view that they don't really know what it is.




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    A growing-mountain of quantifiable evidence proves beyond all reasonable doubt that:

    • the widely-misunderstood phenomenon that has become popularly-known as 'Scientology' (a.k.a. 'Dianetics' ) has been nothing more than an absurd, non-rational,  cultic  pseudo-science maliciously-designed to lure unwary persons into de facto servitude, dissociate them from external reality and not only steal their time and money, but also deceive them into unconsciously acting the role of bait to lure other unwary persons into the same trap. 

    • the impressive-sounding made-up jargon term, 'Scientology,' has therefore, been the deliberately-misleading title for an enticing structured-scenario of control which has been developed, and constantly acted out as reality, by the instigator, and subsequent bosses, of an ongoing major organised crime group (hiding behind labyrinths of legally-registered corporate structures) to shut-down the critical, and evaluative, faculties of victims, and of casual observers, in order to perpetrate, and dissimulate, a blame-the-victim 'Long Con*'  - comprising various related advance-fee frauds (initially dressed up as: 'legitimate self-betterment/education programs,' etc.).

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    *A 'Long Con' is a form of fraud maliciously designed to exploit victims' existing beliefs and instinctual desires and make them falsely-believe that they are exercising a completely free-choice. 'Long Cons' comprise an enticing structured-scenario of control acted out as reality over an extended period. Like theatrical plays, 'Long Cons' are written, directed and produced. They involve leading players and supporting players as well as props, sets, extras, costumes, script, etc. The hidden objective of 'Long Cons' is to convince unwary persons that fiction is fact and fact is fiction, progressively cutting them off from external reality. In this way, victims begin unconsciously to play along with the controlling-scenario and (in the false-expectation of future reward) large sums of money or valuables can be stolen from them. Classically, the victims of 'Long Cons' can become deluded to such an extent that they will abandon their education, jobs, careers, etc., empty their bank accounts, and/or beg, steal, borrow from friends, family members, etc.

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    • the pernicious cultic racket known as 'Scientology' is neither original nor unique and, consequently, it has been a fundamental error to imagine that it should be investigated, and can be fully-understood, in isolation.
    • historically, pernicious cults have been presented externally as traditional associations. These can be arbitrarily defined by their instigators as almost any banal group (‘religious’, ‘cultural’, ‘political’, ‘commercial’, etc.). However, internally, they have always been totalitarian (i.e. they were centrally-controlled and required of their core-adherents an absolute subservience to the group and its patriarchal, and/ or matriarchal, leadership above all other persons). By their very nature, pernicious cults never present themselves in their true colours. Consequently, no adherent has ever become involved with one as a result of his/her fully-informed consent.
    • historically, pernicious cults have been instigated and ruled by psychologically dominant individuals, and/or bodies of psychologically dominant individuals (often with impressive, made-up names, and/or ranks, and/or titles), who have sought to hold themselves accountable to no one. These individuals had severe and inflexible Narcissistic Personalities (i.e. they suffered from a chronic psychological disorder, especially when resulting in a grandiose sense of self-importance/ righteousness and the compulsion to take advantage of others and to control others’ views of, and behaviour towards, them).* They steadfastly pretended moral and intellectual authority whilst pursuing various, hidden, criminal objectives (fraudulent, and/or sexual, and/or violent, etc.). The unquestioning admiration of their adherents only served to confirm, and magnify, the leaders’ strong sense of self-entitlement and fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal love, etc.
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    * ‘Narcissistic Personality Disorder,’ is a psychological term first used in 1971 by Dr. Heinz Kohut (1913-1981). It was recognised as the name for a form of pathological narcissism in ‘The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 1980.’ Narcissistic traits (where a person talks highly of himself/herself to eliminate feelings of worthlessness) are common in, and considered ‘normal’ to, human psychological development. When these traits become accentuated by a failure of the social environment and persist into adulthood, they can intensify to the level of a severe mental disorder. Severe and inflexible NPD is thought to effect less than 1% of the general adult population. It occurs more frequently in men than women. In simple terms, NPD is reality-denying, total self-worship born of its sufferers’ unconscious belief that they are flawed in a way that makes them fundamentally unacceptable to others. In order to shield themselves from the intolerable rejection and isolation which they unconsciously believe would follow if others recognised their defective nature, NPD sufferers go to almost any lengths to control others’ view of, and behaviour towards, them. NPD sufferers often choose partners, and raise children, who exhibit ‘co-narcissism’ (a co-dependent personality disorder like co-alcoholism). Co-narcissists organise themselves around the needs of others (to whom they feel responsible), they accept blame easily, are eager to please, defer to others’ opinions and fear being seen as selfish if they act assertively. NPD was observed, and apparently well-understood, in ancient times. Self-evidently, the term, ‘narcissism,’ comes from the allegorical myth of Narcissus, the beautiful Greek youth who falls in love with his own reflection.
    Currently, NPD has nine recognised diagnostic criteria (five of which are required for a diagnosis):
    1. has a grandiose sense of self-importance.
    2. is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, ideal  love, etc.
    3. believes that he/she is special and unique and can only be understood by other special people.
    4. requires excessive admiration.
    5. strong sense of self-entitlement.
    6. takes advantage of others to achieve his/her own ends.
    7. lacks empathy.
    8. is often envious or believes that others are envious of him/her.
    9. arrogant disposition.
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    • historically, pernicious cults have employed co-ordinated, devious techniques of social and psychological persuasion (variously described as: ‘covert hypnosis’, ‘mental manipulation’, ‘coercive behaviour modification’, ‘group pressure’, ‘thought reform’, ‘ego destruction’, ‘mind control’, ‘brainwashing’, ‘neuro-linguistic programming’, ‘love bombing’, etc.). These techniques are designed to fulfil the hidden criminal objectives of the leaders by provoking in the adherents an infantile total dependence on the group to the detriment of themselves and of their existing family, and/or other, relationships. Pernicious cults have manipulated their adherents’ existing beliefs and instinctual desires, creating the illusion that they are exercising free will. In this way, adherents have also be surreptitiously coerced into following potentially harmful, physical procedures (sleep deprivation, protein restriction, repetitive chanting/ moving, etc.) which were similarly designed to facilitate the shutting down of an individual’s critical and evaluative faculties without his/ her fully-informed consent.

    • historically, pernicious cults can be of any size, duration and level of criminality. They have comprised groups, and/or sub-groups, of previously diverse individuals bonded by their unconscious acceptance of the self-gratifying, but wholly imaginary, scenario that they alone represented a positive or protective force of purity and absolute righteousness derived from their leadership’s exclusive access to a superior or superhuman knowledge, and that they alone opposed a negative or adversarial force of impurity and absolute evil. Whilst this two-dimensional, or dualistic, narrative remained the adherents’ model of reality, they were, in effect, constrained to modify their individual personalities and behaviour accordingly.
    • historically, the bosses of pernicious cults have sought to overwhelm their adherents emotionally and intellectually by pretending that progressive initiation their own superior or superhuman knowledge (coupled with total belief in its authenticity and unconditional deference to the authority of its higher initiates) will defeat a negative adversarial force of impurity and absolute evil, and lead to future, exclusive redemption in some form of secure Utopian existence. By making total belief a prerequisite of redemption, ill-informed cult adherents have been drawn into a closed-logic trap (i.e. they can become convinced that failure to achieve redemption was solely their own individual fault for not believing totally). Cultic pseudo-science is always essentially the same hypnotic hocus-pocus, but it can be peddled in an infinite variety of forms and combinations (‘spiritual’, ‘medical’, ‘philosophical’, cosmological,’extraterrestrial’, ‘political’, ‘racial’, ‘mathematical’, ‘economic’, New-Age’, 'magical', etc.), often with impressive, made-up, technical-sounding names. It is tailored to fit the spirit of the times and to attract a broad range of persons, but especially those open to an exclusive offer of salvation (i.e. the: sick, dissatisfied, bereaved, vanquished, disillusioned, oppressed, lonely, insecure, aimless, etc.). However, at a moment of vulnerability, anyone (no matter what their: age, sex, nationality, state of mental/ physical health, level of education, etc.) can need to believe in a non-rational, cultic pseudo-science. Typically, obedient adherents are granted ego-inflating names, and/or ranks, and/or titles, whilst non-initiates are referred to using derogatory, dehumanising terms. Although initiation can at first appear to be reasonable and benefits achievable, cultic pseudo-science gradually becomes evermore costly and mystifying. Ultimately, it is completely incomprehensible and its claimed benefits are never quantifiable. The self-righteous euphoria and relentless enthusiasm of cult proselytisers can be highly-infectious and deeply misleading. They are invariably convinced that their own salvation also depends on saving others.
    • historically, the bosses of  pernicious cults have sought to control all information entering not only their adherents’ minds, but also that entering the minds of casual observers. This has been achieved by constantly denigrating all external sources of information whilst constantly repeating the group’s reality-inverting key words and images, and/or by the physical isolation of adherents. Cults leaders have systematically categorised, condemned and excluded as unenlightened, negative, impure, absolutely evil, etc. all free-thinking individuals and any quantifiable evidence challenging the authenticity of their imaginary scenarios of control. In this way, the minds of cult adherents can become converted to accept only what their leadership arbitrarily sanctions as enlightened, positive, pure, absolutely righteous, etc. Consequently, adherents habitually communicate amongst themselves using their group’s thought-stopping ritual jargon, and they find it difficult, if not impossible, to communicate with negative persons outside of their group whom they falsely believe to be not only doomed, but also to be a suppressive threat to redemption.

    • historically, in pernicious cults, a core-group of adherents have been gradually dissociated from external reality and reformed into deployable agents, and/or de facto slaves, and/or expendable combatants, etc., furthering the hidden criminal objectives of their leaders, completely dependent on a collective paranoid delusion of absolute moral and intellectual supremacy fundamental to the maintenance of their individual self-esteem/identity and related psychological function. It has become impossible for such fanatics to see humour in their situation or to feel pity for, or to empathise with, non-adherents. Their minds were programmed to interpret the manipulation, and/or cheating, and/or dispossession, and/or destruction, of inferior outsiders (particularly, those who challenge their group’s controlling scenario) as perfectly justifiable.
    • historically, the bosses of pernicious cults have continued to organise the creation, and/or dissolution, and/or subversion, of further (apparently independent) corporate structures pursuing lawful, and/or unlawful, activities in order to prevent, and/or divert, investigation and isolate themselves from liability. In this way, some cults have survived all low-level challenges and spread like cancers enslaving the minds, and destroying the lives, of countless individuals in the process. At the same time, their leaders acquired absolute control over capital sums which place them alongside the most-notorious racketeers in history. They have operated behind ever-expanding, and changing, fronts of ‘limited-liability, commercial companies,’ and/or ‘non-profit-making associations,’ etc. Other than religious /philosophical’ and ‘political’ movements and ‘secret societies,’  typical reality-inverting disguises for cultic crime have been:
      ‘charity/ philanthropy’; ‘fund-raising’; ‘lobbying’ on topical issues (‘freedom’, ‘ethics’, ‘environment’, ‘human rights’, ‘women’s rights’, ‘child protection’, ‘law enforcement’, ‘social justice’, 'peace,' etc.); ‘publishing and media’; ‘education’; ‘academia’; ‘celebrity’; ‘patriotism’; ‘information technology’; ‘public relations’; ‘advertising’; ‘medicine’; ‘alternative medicine’; ‘nutrition’; ‘rehabilitation’; ‘manufacturing’; ‘retailing’; ‘direct selling/ marketing’; ‘multilevel marketing’; ‘network marketing’; ‘regulation’; ‘personal development’; ‘self-betterment’; ‘positive thinking’; ‘self-motivation’; ‘leadership training’; ‘life coaching’; ‘research and development’; ‘investment’; ‘real estate’; ‘sponsorship’; ‘bereavement/trauma counselling’; ‘addiction counselling’; ‘legal counselling’; ‘cult exit-counselling’; ‘financial consulting’; ‘management consulting’; ‘clubs’; etc. 

    • historically, the long-term core-adherents of pernicious cults have been psychotic (i.e. suffering from psychosis, a severe mental derangement, especially when resulting in delusions and loss of contact with external reality). Core-adherents who have managed to break with their group and confront the ego-destroying reality that they’ve been systematically deceived and exploited, have invariably been destitute and dissociated from all their previous social contacts. For many years afterwards, recovering former core-adherents can suffer from one, or more, of the following psychological problems (which are also generally indicative of the victims of abuse): depression; overwhelming feelings (guilt, grief, shame, fear, anger, embarrassment, etc.); dependency/ inability to make decisions; retarded psychological/ intellectual development; suicidal thoughts; panic/ anxiety attacks; extreme identity confusion; Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; insomnia/ nightmares; eating disorders; psychosomatic illness ( asthma, skin disorders, headaches, fatigue, etc.); sexual problems/ fear of forming intimate relationships; inability to trust; etc.
    • the bosses of the most-destructive cults have been megalomaniacal psychopaths (i.e. suffering from a chronic mental disorder, especially when resulting in paranoid delusions of grandeur and self-righteousness, and the compulsion to pursue grandiose objectives). The unconditional deference of their deluded adherents only served to confirm, and magnify, the bosses' own paranoid delusions. This type of cult leader has maintained an absolute monopoly of information whilst perpetrating, and/or directing, evermore heinous crimes. They sustained their activities by the imposition of arbitrary contracts and codes (secrecydenunciation, confession, justice, punishment, etc.) within their groups, and by the use of humiliation, and/or intimidation, and/or calumny, and/or malicious prosecution (where they pose as victims), and/or sophism, and/or the infiltration of traditional culture, and/or corruption, and/or intelligence gathering and blackmail, and/or extortion, and/or physical isolation, and/or violence, and/or assassination, etc., to repress any internal or external dissent.

     

    Observers should particularly note that chronic victims of cultic rackets can be identified by their general incapacity to describe what they have been subjected to in accurate terms. Even though they are no longer physically playing along with the 'Long Con's' controlling-scenario, they can often unconsciously continue to think, and speak, using their group's jargon-laced script 





    David Brear (copyright 2020)