Friday, 14 April 2017

Robert FitzPatrick explains HR 5230

The political landscape concerning pyramid selling schemes has dramatically changed with the election of Donald Trump. The changes include a MLM-connected president and Cabinet who will likely call off the regulators. A recent Slate article documents Trump’s and his Cabinet’s and advisor’s ties to MLM and quotes a pro-MLM financial analyst, “When (Amway’s) Betsy DeVos was named to the Trump Cabinet we took that as a very strong signal that the Trump administration had no real issue with the MLM world. … We are in a post-regulatory world.
With the election there is now also a stronger possibility for passage of a new national law to protect MLMs, such as Herbalife, Amway, Nuskin and Usana, among hundreds of others. The bill is written and pushed by the MLM-lobbying group, Direct Selling Association. This goes beyond “de-regulation” to “alternative-legality,” a consequence of “alternative facts.”
The bill is HR 5230. If it had passed last year when it was introduced, it is questionable the Federal Trade Commission could have imposed the $200 million refund payment to 350,000 consumers and drastic restructuring on MLM’s flagship, Herbalife. HR5230 promises to sweep away the specter of pyramid scheme prosecution that haunts all MLMs. It does this by changing the distinction of “legitimate MLM”, on which all prosecutions have been based for 40 years. The practices determined by the FTC and federal courts to be “unfair and deceptive”, and which were recently banned in the Herbalife prosecution, would be made legal.
Fraud by Any Other Name
Yet the fundamentals that define pyramid scheme fraud and its inexorable harmful effects have not changed, and never will. For this reason, the controversy, protests, class action lawsuits and short-selling around “multi-level marketing”, aka “MLM,” will not cease, despite the election. The proposed law may restrict regulators, but it will not change the reality on which years of prosecutions are based.
A pyramid scheme is not illegal due to any administration or any special law and it cannot be made legal by enacting a law or by halting law enforcement. A pyramid scheme is illegal because of its inherent deception and the inevitable harm it always must cause. Pyramid schemes are frauds per se. An endless chain proposition that requires payments to participate and in which recruiting new people whose own payments to gain the right to recruit provide the promised “profit” are fraudulent by design. The losses and the intrinsic deception will be the same, law or no law. Fraud is fraud, by any other name.
Though the FTC has been inconsistent in pyramid matters, it has built up a war chest of federal court rulings that are based on a common sense, fact-based recognition of the elements of a pyramid scheme disguised as “direct selling” and “multi-level marketing.” These rulings consistently recognize a categorical distinction between a sales business based on profitable retail sales by individuals in the open market, and a closed, “endless chain” recruitment system in which the participants themselves are the primary buyers and where profit requires both ongoing product purchases to get access to the recruiting profits and perpetually extending the “endless chain.” This is flim-flam, a money trap, financial fraud, a racket, or what is commonly called “pyramid scheme.”
Changing Reality by Changing Words
In accordance with these court rulings, the FTC has referenced a definition of a theoretical “legitimate” MLM (without ever naming one) as “a business model in which a company distributes products through a network of distributors who earn income from their own retail sales of the product and from retail sales made by the distributors‘ direct and indirect recruits.” (emphasis added)
The problem is that many trusted MLMs have turned out not to be the retail-based sales companies described by the FTC as “legitimate MLM.” They were revealed as pyramid recruiting schemes only disguised as sales businesses. This jarring contradiction was verified in series of recent FTC, SEC and DOJ prosecutions of MLMs, Burnlounge, Fortune High Tech Marketing, Vemma, Zeek Rewards, Telexfree and Herbalife, in which millions of American households had lost billions, in the belief they were “legal MLM.”
Under HR5230, they likely would have been. With a clever insertion of a few key words, the bill eliminates the fundamental distinction applied by the regulators, prohibiting recruiting-based rewards and play-to-play purchase requirements that must lead to losses for the “last ones in”, i.e., the vast majority. Instead of a business being determined legal or illegal based on facts of its operation, the bill shifts the required proof of illegality to a “motive”. Yet, when the whole purpose of a fraud is to deceive the victims, how can the fraud be determined by the “motive” of the people being deceived? MLM pyramids use products to divert victims from seeing that they are paying for the right to recruit others who pay for the right to recruit. They are led to think it’s about “products” even though no one makes any money from personally selling the products.
HR5230 creates a new definition of “pyramid scheme” that cleanses the classic toxic practices of “endless chain”, closed market, payment for rights to recruit and rewards gained from the recruits’ payments – as long as the promised rewards are derived from “purchases”. In other words, if the pyramid money transfer is laundered through product-purchases, everything is suddenly legal.  Under HR5230, no longer would the MLM have to generate funds from the external retail market like all other sales businesses do. It could merely re-label the reward-incentivized and quota-driven purchases of participants inside a closed market as “sales.” Those who pay for eligibility to gain recruiting rewards by making “qualifying purchases” and are supposedly “distributors” are now renamed “ultimate users”, just like shoppers in a department store. It’s an alternative reality to provide alternative legality.
The final transformation into legality would be achieved with one key word in the HR5230, “solely”. The government henceforth would have to prove not only that the MLM is designed as a pyramid scheme, which is actually easy to do, but that those who were duped into joining had only one “sole” motive for making purchases – to gain pyramid recruiting rewards. Anything less than “sole”, such as maybe trying the product, or being led to think the product is good, or maybe hoping the product is worth the price as well as providing “unlimited income” — those ambiguous and multiple motives would convert the recruiting-reward-endless-chain plan into innocent “direct selling.” Even if the person purchased “unreasonable” amounts of product, still all is okay unless the government can prove a “sole” motive for the purchases of money-making. Of course, proving a “sole” motive, (especially inside a fraud)  is impossible. Hence, an alternative “legality” is established for MLMs.
This proposed law, ironically, is named the “Anti-Pyramid Promotional Scheme Act.” To reveal its true intent and effect, Congress and citizens can just drop the word “anti.”


Robert FitzPatrick (copyright 2017)

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

'NuSkin (NuS)' racketeers peddle a latter-day 'Philosophers' Stone' / 'Elixir of Life.'



Statutory Warning

More than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that:
  • what has become popularly-known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science.
  • the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, 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 closed-market swindles or 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.).


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Dietrick Van Nederveen


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A truly unique 'MLM' whistle blower/insider is Dietrick Van Nederveen, who spent 1995-2000 married to Sandie Tillotson (one of the multi-millionaire 'Mormon' instigators of 'NuSkin' ). 

Dietrick is also the father of Sandie Tillotson's daughter.


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For five years, at a series of classic reality-inverting ritual 'MLM' performances, Dietrick (a larger-than-life former model and actor) was paraded around the world by Sandie Tillotson (and her criminal associates) as a glowing example of perfect 'NuSkin' youth, health and beauty. When he finally confronted the truth that he'd been used to lure unsuspecting victims into a bedazzling fraud, although threatened with a malicious multi-million dollar lawsuit, Dietrick bravely tried to warn the public by creating a Website and writing a book. However, mainly due to the fact that he desperately wanted to maintain contact with his daughter, Dietrick was manipulated again and eventually silenced. 

Blog readers might be interested to learn that, due to the fact that Sandie Tillotson failed to honour her side of a legal agreement, a liberated, and much-better informed, Dietrick Van Nederveen could be about to reappear in the ongoing tragicomic 'NuSkin' saga.



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The 'NuSkin' racketeers will be taking a very dangerous risk entering a public court with Dietrick Van Nederveen, because he (and his attorneys) are now able to explain (and provide supporting evidence) that 'NuSkin' has been the corporate-front for an 'Amway' copy-cat blame-the-victim 'MLM' cultic racket - the instigators of which, like those of 'Herbalife,' have been allowed to peddle effectively-valueless shares in their dissimulated criminal enterprise on Wall St. 

'Amway' copy-cats have invariably peddled a mystifying, heady cocktail of 'medical,' 'political' and 'economic' pseudo-science, with a dash of 'religious' sacred science thrown in.




Unlike 'Herbalife,' 'NuSkin'  has yet to feature in a documentary film, but the two rackets are virtually identical in their modus operandi. Indeed, since the instigation of the so-called 'Herbalife Opportunity' in 1979 and the 'Nuskin Opportunity' in (the deeply-ironic year of) 1984, the overall hidden loss/churn rates for participation in both, has been effectively 100%.



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Amongst the effectively-unsaleable, pseudo-scientific wampum products that the 'NuSkin' Racketeers have used to launder billions of dollars of unlawful losing investment payments, is 'ageLoc' - a latter-day 'Fountain of Youth' or  'Elixir of Life,' but then this is hardly surprising, because the peddlers of the 'MLM' fairy story are 'Economic Alchemists.' 






The 'Philosophers' Stone' and the 'Elixir of Life,' have been the most-commonly recognised made-up names for a fictional secret (occult) substance supposedly given to mankind by God, but then lost to be sought by 'Alchemists', because it can turn non-precious metals into precious metals (particularly gold) and can extend human life and cure all disease.

There have been various other comic-book properties ascribed to the so-called 'Philosophers' Stone.' Including: the transformation of common crystals into gemstones (particularly diamonds), the creation of perpetually burning flames, the creation of lifeforms ('homunculus') resembling humans, etc.


It is not known exactly where, or when, this mystifying 'Alchemicical' pseudo-scientific bullshit was first dreamt up, but a version of it can be found all the way back in ancient Greece.



David Brear (copyright 2017)




Monday, 10 April 2017

'Herbalife(HLF)' documentary: 'Betting On Zero.'

Ted Braun's documentary 'Betting On Zero' is now available on i-Tunes.

For viewers of the film, here is a statutory WARNING:

More than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that what has become popularly known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science, and that the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, 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 closed-market swindles or 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.).

David Brear (copyright 2017)




https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/betting-on-zero/id1210574921?mt=6&ign-mpt=11l3HL


Opponents and whistle-blowers of any “blame the victim” racket such as Herbalife’s must first withstand the scheme’s most destructive force, which is greater even than its financial slaughter – manipulating the recruits into the debilitating belief that they themselves brought on their own failure and financial loss and that anyone who says otherwise is either misguided or bad-intentioned or both. Millions who are lured into Herbalife and then churned out and replaced after losing money are told to eschew the dreaded identity of victim, which might raise questions of calculated deception, their own vulnerability, or even lead to protests. Instead, they are persuaded to accept Herbalife’s own explanation that all who “fail” in the business do not try or their failure was only in not sufficiently trying. Such is the evil brilliance of the pyramid scheme when disguised as a “sales” business with commodity products serving as transfer currency, that everyone is or could have been a winner, while 100% who join each year actually lose.

R. FitzPatrick (copyright 2017)






https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/11/herbalife-documentary-betting-on-zero?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Donald Trump, Erik Prince, 'Blackwater,' 'Amway,' Russia.


  • Donald Trump has received, and apparently continues to receive, piles of money via 'Amway' copy-cat 'MLM/Prosperity Gospel' cultic rackets.
  • Donald Trump once tried to instigate his own 'Amway' copy-cat 'MLM/Prosperity Gospel' cultic racket, 'Trump Network.'
  • Donald Trump's much-ridiculed pick for US Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, is married to 'Dominionist' Dick DeVos - son of Richard DeVos, the surviving instigator of  'Amway,' the original 'MLM Prosperity Gospel' cultic racket.  
  • Betsy DeVos is the sister of Erik Prince, 'Dominionist' instigator of the private army formerly-known as 'Blackwater' and (lately) a financial supporter of, and unofficial adviser to, Donald Trump.
  • Erik Prince has apparently acted as a go-between for Donald Trump to communicate in secret with agents of Vladimir Putin, the world's wealthiest racketeer.





http://edition.cnn.com/2017/03/09/politics/fbi-investigation-continues-into-odd-computer-link-between-russian-bank-and-trump-organization/index.html


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/blackwater-founder-held-secret-seychelles-meeting-to-establish-trump-putin-back-channel/2017/04/03/95908a08-1648-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_seychelles-0438pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.1a3e6ea3d8e7


https://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=dDhaErZH9s5qoXMyU7mN-niUbOXqM&q=erik+prince&lr=English&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjAu4vD2orTAhXE0xQKHRwiC9gQqgIIJjAA

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/05/intercepted-podcast-trumps-secret-little-prince/

https://theintercept.com/2017/04/05/rep-jan-schakowsky-calls-for-investigation-into-trumps-ties-to-blackwater-founder-erik-prince/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/carl-bernstein-watergate-donald-trump-surrogate-jason-miller-russia-campaign-links-erik-prince-a7667741.html

Monday, 3 April 2017

Donald Trump's criminal 'MLM' associate, Robert Kiyosaki.

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A while ago, I was sent the above links and asked to post an article about Donald Trump's fellow 'MLM Prosperity Gospel' parasite, Robert Kiyosaki.






Even the briefest examination of the available independent evidence, shows that Robert Kiyosaki is a world-class liar and economic alchemist. e.g. He featured in a hidden camera investigative report made by CBC's 'Marketplace' in 2010. This Canadian network television programme revealed that Kiyosaki was being paid to front a highly-organised, advance fee fraud. Victims of this criminal racket were first lured into handing over C$500 to attend a 'Robert Kiyosaki (approved) Rich Dad Real Estate Investment Seminar' where they were subjected to co-ordinated devious techniques of persuasion designed to get them to increase their credit card limits and hand over much larger sums (up to $45 000) supposedly to attend training courses where they would learn Kiyosaki's advanced secrets of obtaining wealth from real estate investment.





Meanwhile in the adult world of quantifiable reality, there is little evidence (other than that of his own manufacture) that Robert Kiyosaki has ever made any money from investing in real estate. There is, however, a veritable mountain of evidence to prove that Robert Kiyosaki has actually made his money by peddling an unoriginal (if I can do it then you can do it too, rags to riches) fairy story. Classically, Robert Kiyosaki has also duped various celebrity useful-idiots (like Oprah Winfrey).





When challenged on camera in 2010, Kiyosaki initially posed as an outraged victim of the media by claiming that the bully-boy tactics uncovered by CBC, were not approved by him, but were not typical.Then (when the interviewer revealed her knowledge of the involvement of a notorious charlatan, Russ Whitney), Kiyosaki suddenly admitted that, in fact, he knew full-well what was going on, but he still posed as an innocent victim.



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http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/18/realestate/keymagazine/318RUSS.t.html

Russ Whitney featured in a New York Times exposé back in 2007.





If the above pattern of ongoing major racketeering activity sounds familiar, it's because it is familiar.


David Brear (copyright 2017)


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Saturday, 25 March 2017

How 'MLM' cults helped Donald Trump to become US President.

Warning

More than half a century of quantifiable evidence, proves beyond all reasonable doubt that what has become popularly known as 'Multi-Level Marketing' is nothing more than an absurd, cultic, economic pseudo-science, and that the impressive-sounding made-up term 'MLM,' is, therefore, part of an extensive, thought-stopping, non-traditional jargon which has been developed, and constantly-repeated, 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 closed-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.).


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Professor David Cay Johnston has studied Donald Trump in depth. From only what has so far been entered in the public record, Johnston has concluded that, because he has managed to get himself elected as US President, Donald Trump has become the most successful con-artist of all time. Despite Trump's history of filing lawsuits against his detractors (in which he always poses as an innocent victim of lies), David Cay Johnston has had the guts to broadcast his analysis quite openly. Personally, I'm inclined to agree with the Professor's opinion, except I would say that Donald Trump has a lot of stiff competition for the title of history's most successful con artist. Not surprisingly, some of the other candidates are linked to the President. 





During the best part of a decade, in return for promoting a fake '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 name, Donald Trump has also been lining his pockets at the expense of countless victims (internationally) of many other kitsch 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 President's conflict of interest regarding this particularly dodgy channel of income. Furthermore, to date, no journalist has bothered to ask Donald Trump about his ongoing revenues from book-sales to vulnerable 'MLM' adherents. Personally, I'd like to know if Trump is still getting this 'MLM' windfall, exactly how much is he getting and how much has he already had?





https://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/nyregion/donald-trump-atlantic-city.html

In the past, when Donald Trump's titanic casino business was sinking in the 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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http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/01/icahn-conflicts-of-interest-trump-white-house.html

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 81 year old tycoon is 'the President's unofficial advisor on regulatory reform.' Yet, in this democratically-unaccountable made-up role, Icahn's conflict of interests almost beggars belief, because his current (potentially-catastrophic) investment in the effectively-valueless 'MLM' cultic racket known as 'Herbalife,' tops more than one billion dollars. 

Since Donald Trump can now appoint new senior federal regulators whom he knows will turn a blind eye to 'MLM' rackets, you would have to be pretty stupid, and/or deluded, not to foresee that the President will heed 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 absurd, but nonetheless 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.

http://mlmtheamericandreammadenightmare.blogspot.fr/2017/02/donald-trump-establishment-of-american.html

One month 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 Robert FitzPatrick extensively and acknowledged that, for the overwhelming majority of transient core-adherents, 'MLM' participation has been a confusing and costly nightmare. 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 inadvertently repeated some familiar 'MLM' bullshit. 






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 to last year's 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 Trump 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

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/01/15/the-true-mission-of-donald-trump-s-pastor.html

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


Family ties: Donald Trump, left, with his brother,
Donald Trump (left) with brothers and sisters.
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Little Donald, and his siblings, were taken along by their father 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.






https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_Hill

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/ 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).  

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. 

David Brear (copyright 2017)